Our organization is built upon a system of mutual exchange between our volunteers and our partner communities.
Our volunteers give their time, expertise, and enthusiasm to a community desiring their skills, and our host communities welcome volunteers into their homes and give them the invaluable opportunity to experience a new culture first hand.
These mutually beneficial relationships are the cornerstone of our organization, and as such, we strive to ensure we are facilitating meaningful opportunities for all.
See what our volunteers, host families, and students have to say about Learning Enterprises!
Felipe Lobo Koerich (center) and Rosângela Leardine Paiva (far right) with English teachers from the school.
Rosângela Leardine Paiva, school coordinator from Brazil & liaison between EMEB Cecília Meireles School and LE
Portuguese: "Sempre temos o programa em nossa escola, na EMEB Cecília Meireles. A experiência para os nossos alunos é sempre muito boa! Eles amam o projeto e gostam muito de participar!"
English: "We always have the LE program in our school, EMEB Cecília Meireles. The experience for our students is always very good! They love the program and always greatly enjoy participating!"
Rosângela worked with volunteer Felipe Lobo Koerich during the summer of 2018.
Maria McBride (center) with Dominika and Aleksandra.
Dominika and Alexsandra, students from Poland
“For us, this was an amazing month. We learned much more than at our lessons in Polish school. We will never forget this experience. Our time with Maria was really cool. She’s a really good teacher and person. We are so thankful and happy that we could get involved in this event.”
Dominika and Alexsandra were taught by volunteer Maria McBride during the summer of 2018.
Phoebe Perelman (center, front) with her students.
Phoebe Perelman, LE China Volunteer
"Without an education, my students were destined to be farmers or sock manufacturers like their parents. Learning was of great value to them, and their predicament made me think hard about the value of good schooling. Communication proved difficult. I spoke zero Mandarin, and they spoke limited English, so even instructing them to follow basic directions was challenging. However, their desire to speak English kept me going, pushing me to be the best teacher possible. As I taught, I learned."
Phoebe taught in Caota, China during the summer of 2016.
Helena Hecimovic, Croatia Country Coordinator
“My name is Helena Hecimovic, and I have been the country coordinator for Learning Enterprises for the past 17 years. When I started this experience, I didn’t know what to expect, but over the years we have found out that the presence of American students in Croatia and the experience - the exchange- that our young students have with them is extremely important for both Croatian students and American volunteers.
In Koprivnica, Learning Enterprises has contributed to the very important part of the summer for our Croatian students, who would otherwise be bored and not do anything that would be worthwhile during summer. Over these 17 years, I had an opportunity to meet wonderful young people, and through their eyes and through the experience I had in the communication with them, I believe my life has been enriched and so has the life of many students in Koprivnica and in the towns that we have managed to get interested in the Learning Enterprises program.
I’m very glad that now Croatia -Learning Enterprises Croatia- is an independent program that we received, and I hope we will receive many more students in the future years.”
Helena has worked with many of our volunteers and has contributed greatly to the growth of the Croatia program.
English Teachers and Host Mom from Thailand
22sec/ 1st speaker: “Hello, my name is Teeraporn. I teach English at Talukdu Whittayakhom School. Ok.”
28sec/ 2nd speaker: “I am Jarunee (last name) I am an English teacher at Talukdu Whittayakhom School in Thailand. I am very surprised and grateful that Miss Addie she came to our school. She make more opportunity for our students to….They can speak English with the native speaker. I would like she back again or another volunteer back to our school for our students. Thank you.”
1min 9sec/ 3rd speaker: “Hello. My name is Wachira Pumma and I would like to thank to LE, Learning Enterprises, to give Addie to my school and I think everyone in my school love her, the teachers, the students, and all of my students they are all try to learn English and now they can have opportunities to learn English. And she teach very well. Every activity, everything she did in my school were beautiful and incredible. Thank you.”
2min 2sec/ 4th speaker: “My name is Nayana Tubucha. I am host (mother).” *Thai to English translation appears in video*
2min 28sec: “Hello. My name is Wirote Wanjan. I am the head of the English department of Talukdu Whittayakhom School, Taptan, Uthai Thani, Thailand. I am very happy that the Learning Enterprises send Addie to our school. She is a good teacher. She can teach English very well. She does a lot of activities that are interesting for the students. They love teacher Addie so much and teacher Addie takes care of them. She can manage the classroom well. Everything she did is very surprise for the students. It’s a big chance for the students to have a chance to learn English with a native speaker. So I hope that in the future LE should have opportunity for Thailand again, especially for my school that is very far away from Uthai Thani and we have not the budget to support a native speaker. So I hope that next year Addie will come again. Thank you very much.”
These English teachers worked with Program Director Adelaide Cahill during the summer of 2018. Adelaide's host mother was Nayana Tubucha, the fourth speaker.