It’s important to give something back. When you start a TEFL course with us, part of your fee will go towards helping others in some way. Below you can find out more about where some of your money may go.
Aberlour, Scotland’s Children’s Charity, has a long and determined commitment to children across Scotland who, through no fault of their own, find themselves living in difficult circumstances. Many of these children live in our poorest communities and are part of families under constant stress and pressure because of poverty-related issues. Aberlour has found that the best way to support families to achieve more positive outcomes for their children is to sit alongside them, in their own homes and communities.
Our vision is to transform the lives of the children and families we work with and, through this, contribute to a fairer and more equal society. We want every child in Scotland to have the same opportunities and fulfil their potential, no matter where they grow up.
We build trusting relationships with the vulnerable children and families we work with, supporting them to make positive lifestyle choices and provide opportunities to develop emotional and practical life skills, helping them to reach their potential. These services include: support for children at risk of exclusion; family support programmes to help families recover from drug and alcohol addiction or family breakdown; and care for children with disabilities. We also work alongside the Scottish Refugee Council to provide a Guardianship Service to protect unaccompanied minors who arrive in Scotland from outside the EU.
The Turing Trust
The TEFL Org have partnered with The Turing Trust to help them in their mission to support education in sub-Saharan Africa by reusing computers and improving teacher training using ICT. They provide skills development in the UK while reducing waste and contributing to an environmentally friendly society.
James Turing – The Turing Trust Founder & CEO said:
“It costs just £8 for the Turing Trust to send a computer to a Malawian classroom that will enable 18 students to learn vital IT skills for the first time. Over the next year we hope to raise £4,000 that will enable us to send 500 PCs and support over 9,000 students. By reusing these PCs this will also create a significant environmental impact offsetting 140 tonnes of CO2 emissions, which is the equivalent of planting 350 trees.”
We hope you will join us in helping The Turing Trust reach their goal of £4,000. With your help, they can build a more inclusive digital future, ensuring that every school can teach ICT effectively.Every customer will have the opportunity to opt-in to donate £1, £2 or £5 to The Turing Trust during the online checkout, with The TEFL Org matching every donation.
United World Schools
United World Schools (UWS) works in remote and marginalised communities to give every child access to education. They work in collaboration with communities in some of the world’s poorest and most remote regions to give every child access to free primary education, no matter their background. Working with sustainability in mind, they ensure that once established, the schools are there to serve the community for many decades to come.
The TEFL Org have partnered with United World Schools to support UWS Krang Chek School in Cambodia, developing and enriching educational opportunities for children in marginalised communities.
Jennifer MacKenzie, The TEFL Org Managing Director said:
“This year we have chosen to raise funds to support ‘United World Schools (UWS) whose goals in supporting children into education and helping them learn and develop fit very much with the ethos and values of The TEFL Org. I am absolutely delighted to be supporting UWS Krang Chek School in Cambodia and hope you will join us in helping UWS reach the goal of £5,440 over the next year.”
As The TEFL Org’s Charity of the Year, every customer will have the opportunity to opt-in to donate £1, £2 or £5 to UWS during the online checkout, with The TEFL Org matching every donation.
Ditch the Label
Ditch the Label was chosen as TEFL Org’s 2019 Charity of the Year for its valuable work helping young people aged between 12-25 overcome bullying and the challenges associated with it. According to recent studies, 1 in 2 young people will experience bullying whilst growing up which can have a catastrophic impact on a young person’s health and wellbeing.
The anti-bullying charity works to support thousands of young people through their website and online community each month. The charity takes an innovative approach to research, exploring the causes and effects of bullying, and campaigns to change the prejudice and discrimination that often underpins bullying behaviours. Ditch the Label is also developing a range of educational resources to help tackle the root causes of bullying in schools, giving teachers and young people the support they need.
“Ditch the Label is the perfect partnership for us. Their values align perfectly with our brand values of equality and providing a positive impact on lives. At the end of the year, we will match the total sum of customer donations to provide even more vital funds for this exceptional charity”
– Jennifer MacKenzie, TEFL Org Managing Director
As TEFL Org’s Charity of the Year, all customers will be given the opportunity to donate £1, £5 or £10 at the checkout. Alongside student donations, we will be doing what we can to raise vital funds for the charity throughout the year, from fun runs to sweepstakes.
UKActionAid UK is an international charity supporting women and children in developing communities through humanitarian work. The dedicated staff at ActionAid UK recognise the challenges and injustices that women and girls in poverty-stricken areas are faced with and therefore work tirelessly to end gender-based violence and put women and girls on track to create the future they want.
In 2018, TEFL Org supported ActionAid UK through its Charity of the Year program. Through student donations, office fundraising, Baxter’s 10k Run and the company’s 10th birthday celebration, a total of £6,046.60 was raised.
ActionAid UK’s Events & Community Engagement Manager, Nancy Gray, told us what projects the money raised would go towards:
“We are delighted to have been TEFL’s charity partner throughout 2018. They have got behind our Not This Girl Appeal to fund the work of local women’s groups and networks in rural Kenya to prevent and respond to violence against women and girls, as well as jumping into action to support those affected by the Indonesia Tsunami earlier this year.”
Charity of the Year 2017 – Mary’s Meals
By setting up and running school feeding programmes in some of the world’s most impoverished communities, Mary’s Meals attracts chronically hungry children to the classroom, where they can gain an education that can be their route out of poverty.
It costs just £12.20 for Mary’s Meals to feed a child in school for a whole school year.
The charity currently reaches 1,187,104 children with a nutritious daily meal in school, across 12 countries, and is committed to spending at least 93p in every £1 directly on charitable activities. For more information, visit www.marysmeals.org.uk.
As TEFL Org’s Charity of the Year, every customer will have the opportunity to opt-in to donate £1, £2 or £5 to Mary’s Meals during the online checkout – with TEFL Org matching every donation.
We’ve recently teamed up with Barnardo’s Scotland, a widely renowned and respected charity. This is an organisation we’re extremely proud to be involved with. We are working toward changing lives for the better, and are now training Barnardo’s staff on language awareness and how to present grammar and new language. We’ll be supplying them with classroom course training alongside our Online Grammar Course and online Enhance My English courses.
These will help them to more effectively communicate with and teach the young people they work with on a daily basis, fuelling the young people’s understanding and as a result, their future prospects.
Visit the Barnardo’s Scotland website
Sri Lanka Volunteers (SLV)
TEFL Org has teamed up with SLV to provide pre-departure training for the TEFL Sri Lanka volunteer placement.
SLV are a graduate led, volunteer organisation focusing on ethical and sustainable projects. Once you sign-up to the programme you will complete an 80-hour online TEFL course to ensure you are prepared for the demands of teaching English.
As a TEFL teacher in Sri Lanka, you will be responsible for improving language skills across all ages. The placement is the fantastic opportunity to make a positive contribution to local life, whilst also immersing yourself in a rich and diverse Asian culture.
Project Mongolia is a charitable society based at Edinburgh University. The organisation’s main aim is supporting charities who are working with disadvantaged children in Mongolia. This is achieved through various volunteering projects and cultural exchanges, whilst working to increase awareness concerning the poverty faced by many Mongolians at a local and national level.
One of the roles of the volunteers will be to teach English to students. TEFL Org has paired up with Project Mongolia, and is enrolling all volunteers on their TEFL (teaching English as a foreign language) courses, which are the most highly recognised in the UK. The qualifications they will receive on course completion will be recognised worldwide. The skills learned on the course will allow the volunteers to develop their teaching abilities and approach, which will result in their lessons being more effective when it comes to understanding student’s needs, conducting activities, lesson delivery and classroom management.
Naturally Africa Volunteers offers medical and healthcare, teaching, sports and wildlife conservation projects in Malawi, Kenya, Tanzania, Ghana, Namibia and South Africa. We train some of the teaching volunteers who go over to these areas and play a vital role in the development of the students involved.
Projects in the UK
We work alongside various local organisations, some of which are listed below. We like to get involved, so if you know of anything in your local area that we could lend a hand with then please don’t hesitate to get in touch!
Sleep in the Park
Six of our team took part in Sleep in the Park on the 8th December 2017, which was an event to raise awareness of homelessness in Scotland and to raise money for a village of new homes for the homeless.
The team battled sub-zero temperatures along with 8,000 other attendees and raised over £3,500 towards the event’s overall goal of £4 million.
Highland Heroes 2017
TEFL Org is delighted to be sponsoring the Secondary Teacher of the Year Award at Highland Heroes 2017. The awards have been organised by Scottish Provincial Press to reward the most deserving people in the Highlands for their tremendous acts of courage, bravery and goodwill. The awards will take place at the Kingsmills Hotel in Inverness on Thursday the 9th of November and the team very much looks forward to attending.
Cash for Kids is the official charity of Moray Firth Radio and provides a helping hand to disabled and disadvantaged children around the Highlands, Moray and Aberdeenshire. At the beginning of March 2013, TEFL Org donated a TEFL course for their charity auction. The successful bidder was placed on a TEFL course and all proceeds were given to the charity which does fantastic work with children and young people throughout the region who have mental, physical or sensory disabilities, behavioural or psychological disorders, are living in impoverished or deprived environments or are suffering through distress, abuse or neglect.
Local football team sponsorship
We are loyal supporters and proud sponsors of Ferintosh Primary School football team.
Amateur Dramatics support and donations
We regularly donate to a local amateur dramatics club based in the Highlands of Scotland.
This is a collaborative event between student teachers, educators and key stakeholders in Education from around Glasgow and beyond which we were more than happy to sponsor.
TEFL Org also believes in supporting education here in the UK. Sandra Campbell and Anne Davies are two women from Aberdeen who began giving free lessons to local immigrants in 2010 after sitting a weekend TEFL course. TEFL Org now supports them by donating teaching materials to help with their classes.
We’re very conscious of our carbon footprint here at TEFL Org. All of our suppliers are local and when you get your TEFL certificate we guarantee that it will be printed on recycled paper! We also make sure that paper in the office is recycled rather than put in the regular bin. TEFL Org wants to become more environmentally friendly and we’re always looking for ways to do this – suggestions are welcome!