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.
A few of the charities to which we are currently or previously donating:
Disaster Relief & International Causes
- 2016: Unicef - Ecuador Earthquake Relief: International TEFL Academy Ecuador Relief Campaign
- 2015: Nepal Earthquake Relief: International TEFL Academy Nepal Earthquake Relief Fund
- 2014: International Education: International TEFL Academy Salutes Nobel Winners with Donation to International Education Efforts
- 2013: Philippines Typhoon Relief: GoAbroad Foundation relief fund
2011: Japan Earthquake & Tsunami: Donations to American Red Cross
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.
With the mission of “Empowering women, improving communities,” Mujerave has dedicated it’s work on a grass roots level to changing lives from the ground up. Currently operating in Guatemala, ITA has become involved in identifying community needs and implementing high-impact projects- including an ITA sponsored Greenhouse in 2017!
ITA promotes global education, which is why we’ve chosen to promote this great organization. Since 2009 Pencils of Promise has built over 360 schools with the aim of serving as many students as possible. Through the help of ITA and many other organizations, Pencils of Promise is changing the learning experience in Ghana, Guatemala and Laos.
International TEFL Academy is proud to support one of our alumni in their mission to bring English education to one of the most remote locations in Latin America, the Huilo Huilo Biological Reserve. An increasingly popular eco-tourism destination, the region is struggling to employ bi-lingual Chilean locals. With the help of our alumni on the ground, ITA supports a local English program during non-peak tourism time.
Another organization in which an ITA alumni is invloved, DevelopEd provides quality adult education services and facilitates social enterprise initiatives in developing countries. Their focus is on rural communities, education, and realising potential. Education centers are being built in rural areas focusing on teaching English and core Social Science subjects.
Charity: Water brings safe and clean drinking water to people in devleoping countries, and 100% of public donations directly fund water projects. When a community gets access to clean water, it can change just about everything. It can improve health, increase access to food, grow local economies, and help kids spend more time in school, and that is something ITA can get behind.
Other Ongoing charitable contributions:
International Education in Developing Countries:
Small Business Creating in Developing Countries: http://www.ikat.org
Microlending: http://www.kiva.org Microlending is a way to help people support themselves, providing a helping hand.
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.