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.
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!