• WOMEN IN TECH

  • Training future programmers, one woman at a time.

  • How It Works

    1

    Apply

    We open up the application to participants via social media for women in conflict-affected areas.

    2

    Select

    We select women from ages 18-35, who speak intermediate to advanced level English, have an interest in coding. Selection is determined based on student goals and resource access.

    3

    Create

    The students engage in a 10-14 week course where they learn how to code and develop solutions to various problems. At the end of the course, students use the problem-solving and programming skills they have developed to complete a final project, where they showcase what they have learned to potential employers.

    4

    Expand

    Paper Airplanes aims to link each woman student to additional training and even professional programs where a beginner’s knowledge is sufficient. We continue to offer opportunities to our students to grow their professional skills through competitions and workshops.

  • What courses are currently offered?

    Business Analytics

    We currently offer beginner and intermediate classes taught in Excel and R. Students learn how to perform regression analysis on large data sets to solve a diverse range of problems using analytical tools.

    Web Development

     

    In Web Development, students learn how to combine CSS, Javascript, and HTML to build interactive websites.

    Python

     

    Our Python programming course teaches students the fundamentals of Python Programming. Students learn how to apply these skills to industry concepts, such as machine learning and web scraping.

  • For Women Who (Want to) Code

    More than 50% of jobs require some computer training in today’s global economy. As industries move towards digitization, we want to empower all women, and especially marginalized women, and give them access to jobs in the programmer market.

     

    Nearly 1 in 4 Syrian refugee women are heads of households, which means that they need to raise children as natural caretakers, while also providing for their families. Accessing employment in conflict areas is difficult, and job skills training can be expensive or difficult to reach, particularly for those with young children. Over 80% of Syrian refugees live outside of camps, which compounds the difficulty of reaching women to provide skills training, leaving them with few options.

     

    In the Women in Tech program, women students can learn to code right in their own homes, and can learn the core languages of web development: Javascript, HTML, and CSS, Python, R. Once mastered, these skills not only improve their likelihood of employability but also allow them to work remotely.

     

    Who are we looking for?

    Students:

    • 18+ years of age

    • Intermediate to Advanced Level English

    • Passion to learn programming

    • Ability to dedicate 3-4 hours to attending classes every week

     

    Volunteers:

    • Intermediate to Advanced technical knowledge of Javascript, CSS, HTML, Python, R, Excel.

    • Interest in working with an international team and diverse set of students

    • Ability to dedicate between 3-6 hours per week

    Hackathon and Other Professional Development Workshops

    On October 1st, the Paper Airplanes Women in Tech Program, in partnership with Expedia, hosted a first of its kind Hackathon on sustainable tourism. This event brought together 35 enthusiastic students from all over world, and particularly from the MENA region. Students were placed in groups depending on their technical skills and worked in close collaboration with mentors from Expedia. After a kick-off workshop on some of the technical skills used at Expedia, the teams were given two short weeks to come up an idea to promote sustainable tourism, develop a web application, and pitch their final product to a panel of expert judges.

  • Check out our first-ever Hackathon with Expedia! Read about it here:

    Final Projects

    At the end of each course, students are expected to complete a final project that combines all of their learning from the semester. They research, program, and develop a presentation that they then present in front of Paper Airplanes staff and partners. Check out some of the recent projects that our students have completed below

  • What Our Students Are Saying:

    “I learned that everything out of the box does not have to be hard as we think, but we should try new things without being afraid. In Addition, I now strongly believe that one opportunity might be a door to new opportunities. From a technical side, I learned HTML and CSS in a proper way and a little Js, so I was able to create a simple website- of course, also with great personal effort.”

    What Our Students Are Saying:

    "I enjoyed the subjects of the course that were offered by the program where they are very important in the technology world and helpful. I enjoyed to know and communicate with new people with different cultures and benefit from their experiences. In addition, Paper Airplane course provides a comfortable teaching style that does not make student suffer from pressure that lead to be conflict with other courses."

    What Our Students Are Saying:

    "The future is for those who know how to code. It should become mandatory to learn how to code in schools. I highly recommend this field of learning and this course particularly, because you'll never feel alone or bored or ever forget the information."

     

    What Our Students Are Saying:

    "I learned about web development basics in CSS, HTML, and JavaScript. This course will help me a lot in my university courses, so I will know the basics of web development. In addition, this the course will open opportunities for jobs in the future. My instructors in the course helped me a lot to get information I needed, and helped me in the web development field, so I benefited a lot from their experiences."

     

    What Our Students Are Saying:

    "I enjoyed the interaction between me, my colleagues and the teacher. This feature stands out among all other free web development courses on the internet. This communication with others and the sense of competition kept me going till the end. "

     

    What Our Students Are Saying:

     

    "Now I can apply to a PhD program that incorporates human languages plus coding with confidence. I mean, once you make the first step into a field of knowledge the mist somehow lifts and you can choose a path. "

  • FAQs

    Students

    Is there a set curriculum?

    Yes. Our curriculum for all of our courses are created by volunteers who have experience in the topic. The curriculum is re-evaluated after each semester and new technology and concepts are integrated to improve the curriculum every year.

    How often do peer mentors and students meet?

    It is up to the student how many times they would like to meet with their assigned volunteers. While the class times will be flexible, students are required to attend at least 70% of instructional classes. Extra support through mentors is available should they need it.

    How are students assessed on competency?

    Students will participate in classwork and be assigned homework after each lesson. While we do not grade students’ work with a letter grade, we encourage students to work hard and we assess their skill level through completion. Their competency overall is assessed through ‘Demo Day’, where they complete a final project and present it to our partners and organization.

    What is the time commitment?

    Students are expected to put in 2-3 hours a week towards the course. One hour will be in virtual instruction, one hour will be spent on the homework, and one additional hour can be spent in office hours, should the student need it.

    Are there opportunities to grow our skills outside of the classroom?

    Yes! In addition to the courses, WiT hosts several professional development workshops and competitions throughout the year. Our most recent hackathon was conducted in partnership with Expedia. Check our social media pages and websites for more details!

  • FAQs

    Volunteers

    What is the time commitment?

    For instructors, the time commitment is between 4-6 hours a week. For mentors the time commitment is between 2-4 hours a week. Instructors will be provided with curriculum and it is their responsibility to create class content and keep up with student attendance and progress. The mentors assist and collaborate with the instructors to ensure that students have all the resources needed to be successful.

    Do I have to create the homeworks and classwork?

    No. The curriculum, along with classwork and homework, will be provided to you. Although you are free to develop additional resources, the only requirement is for you to develop the presentations that will be specific to your classes.

    What are the requirements for me to volunteer?

    A working knowledge of the technical competencies in your chosen course is required. You do not have to be an expert, as many of these classes are beginner classes. Additional requirements include a willingness to collaborate with an international team and the ability to dedicate time to the program.

    I am in a different timezone, will that be an issue?

    Not at all. The strength of our program lies in the fact that it is all conducted virtually. It is flexible, so you can reach out to the students and set a time that works best for you and the student each week.

    How do I interact with the students?

    We use a combination of communication tools to interact with students, including (but not limited to), WhatsaApp, Slack, Email. After onboarding you through our training program, we will provide you with all the information needed to communicate with the students.

  • If your question was not answered, please reach out to zahra@paper-airplanes.org for more information!

    All Posts
    ×