Charitable Contributions

As Global citizens, we are committed to helping those in need locally & around the world.

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. 

Charitable Organization Highlight and ITA Staff Advocate

open_tree_3cOpenlands 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.  


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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.  

Direct Service for Causes We Care About
Glenn at beach clean up
In 2018 and 2019, we started a new legacy of giving in which our staff spent an afternoon out of the office and cleaning up our lakefront! As Chicagoans, we love Lake Michigan, and we spend quite a bit of time with it. So this time, we supported not just with our wallets but with our hands. We teamed up with Alliance for the Great Lakes (an incredible organization) and cleaned up over 100 pounds of garbage from Foster Beach followed by a earth friendly picnic!
 Charities We Have Donated To

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

Donations 2017 Donations 2016 Donations 2015
American Civil Liberties Union Reading in Motion The Heartland Alliance
International Rescue Committee Mujerave Oxfam Unwrapped
RefugeOne Pencils of Promise Amnesty International
The Heartland Alliance Huilo Huilo Foundation The Night Ministry
The Night Ministry Develop Ed  
Wits Chicago Charity: Water  
Rainforst Action Network The White Helmets  
National Park Fund Oxfam  
Clean Water Action Unicef  
Trek to Teach    

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


Organizations that ITA provides continuous support

Reading in Motion

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.

International TEFL Academy Charitable Contributions

Meet the Charity Team

charity team 2018

From left: Ian Kelly Davis, Havvah Holl,  Erin Rydberg, Glenn Schneider, and Shay Ames                                (Not Pictured: Christie Koness and Doug Waxman)

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