• Training future programmers, one woman at a time.

  • How It Works



    From our pool of English program participants and via social media, we select women from ages 18-35 who speak advanced English, have little to no coding experience, but want to learn. Selection is determined based on student goals and resource access.



    Students meet online twice a week for three months, receiving live instruction in basic CSS, JavaScript, and HTML. Each student is also matched with a personal mentor, who meets with her once a week to help with assignments or answer lesson questions.



    At the end of the course, each woman student has three weeks to create her own webpage as a starter project to showcase to potential employers and apply the newly acquired skills.



    Paper Airplanes aims to link each woman student to additional training and even professional programs where a beginner's knowledge is sufficient. Sometimes these including remote employment opportunities.

  • For Women Who (Want to) Code

    Why Focus on Women?

    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. Once mastered, these skills not only improve their likelihood of employability but also allow them to work remotely.

    Program Spotlight: Our first Women in Tech Program (Fall 2017)

    After running our pilot in Spring 2017, we launched the full course in September 2017. Our participants included ten women students located in Syria, Turkey and Jordan. The students met twice a week as a group to receive instruction from Sarah Geselowitz, the program founder, and her co-manager Marwa Darweesh, a graduate from the pilot program. The program also included individual mentoring. Our students graduated from the program with vital coding skills that may provide lucrative and sustainable remote work opportunities.

  • Check out our Summer 2018 Women in Tech student projects!

    What our Women in Tech Say:

    "This coding course will help me a lot in the future to freelance and get a bigger job than I have."

    - Raghad, Turkey

  • What Our Women in Tech Say

    "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 Women in Tech Say

    "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. "

    What Our Women in Tech Say

    "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 Women in Tech Say

    "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 Women in Tech Say

    "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."


  • FAQs

    Is there a set curriculum?

    Yes, our Women in Tech program has a set and well-defined curriculum.

    How often do peer mentors and students meet?

    Peer mentors and students meet for at least 1 hour a week.

    How are students assessed on competency?

    Women in Tech has project based assessment to asses competency.

    How are peer mentors chosen?

    Women in Tech mentors and instructors go through an interview with our staff. They must have knowledge of the technical topics in the courses we teach.

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