Making a Difference at Home & Abroad
International TEFL Academy believes it is our responsibility to leave the world a better place than how we found it. Our staff, instructors, and students are Global Citizens, and we realize how fortunate we are to travel and live abroad. We have a commitment to make an impact on the world, both large and small, by direct involvement or by simply spreading the word on what each one of us can do.
As a company, we commit a portion of our profits to international charities every year and provide free ESL lessons to our local community in Chicago. We also hope to offer guidance and suggestions to others on how they can make a difference in the lives of others around the world.
Openlands protects the natural and open spaces of northeastern Illinois and the surrounding region to ensure cleaner air and water, protect natural habitats and wildlife, and help balance and enrich our lives.
Student Affairs Advisor Glenn loves exploring the beauty of the Midwest and does a lot of bicycling and camping to get to that beauty. He suggested that ITA donate to Openlands because he sees them as one of the premier nature conservation orgs in the Chicago region.
Here are the charities we have donated to recently. All of the below charities have been suggested by ITA staff because they are causes that they, and thus, we, as a company, believe and and want to see succeed:
|Conservation Lands Foundation||Protects, restores, and expands the national conservation lands through education, advocacy, and partnerships.|
|All Hands Volunteers - Puerto Rico Relief||Addresses the immediate and long-term needs of communities impacted by natural disasters. Suggested by Online Course Instructor Megahan|
|Hostelling International||The Explore the World Scholarship provides the an opportunity for those that want to travel but do not have the financial means to do so. Suggested by Student Affairs Advisor Glenn|
|The Now Boarding Corp||Determined to increase annual study abroad rates among minority male youth across the U.S. Suggested by Student Affaris Advisor Karee|
|ILGA||International Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Trans and Intersex Association is world federation of national and local organizations dedicated to achieving equal rights for LGBTI across the globe. Suggested by ITA Alumni.|
|Project Fierce||Seeks to create affirming transitional housing for LGTBQIA+ youth in Chicago that is responsive to the needs of young people providing pathways to independence. Suggested by Instructor Julian van Os.|
|Equality Illinois||Allows businesses the opportunity to deepen their commitment to LGBTQ equality and to promote their support of LGBTQ equality more broadly. Suggested by Instructor Julian|
|National Park Foundation||Generates private support and builds strategic partnerships to protect and enhance America's national parks for present and future generations. Suggested by Student Affairs Manager Havvah|
|Openlands||Protects the natural and open spaces of northeastern Illinois and the surrounding region to ensure cleaner air and water, protect natural habitats and wildlife, and help balance and enrich our lives. Suggested by Student Affairs Advisor Glenn|
Previous Years' Donations
Disaster Relief and International Causes
|2018||Sulawesi Earthquake and Tsunami Relief - Unicef|
|2017||YouCaring - Houston Flood and Hurricane Relief|
|2016||Unicef - Ecuador Earthquake Relief: International TEFL Academy Campaign|
|2015||Nepal Earthquake Relief: International TEFL Academy Relief Fund|
|2014||International Education: Salutes Nobel Winners with Donation to International Education Efforts|
|2013||Philippines Typhoon Relief: GoAbroad Foundation Relief Fund|
|2011||Japan Earthquake and Tsunami: Donations to American Red Cross|
|2010||Haiti Relief Funds: International Red Cross and Doctors Without Borders|
International TEFL Academy is proud to maintain an active and ongoing role in supporting Reading in Motion, a Chicago-based organization that implements cutting edge reading programs in Chicago area schools that promote literacy.
Providing Free English Classes in Chicago
International TEFL Academy also provides free English classes in Chicago. This enables us to give back to the community while also providing students in our Chicago TEFL Class the opportunity to gain live classroom experience for their practice teaching.