TeachSurfing

About Us

TeachSurfing is a nonprofit social enterprise (gemeinnützige UG) founded in August 2015. The social MISSION of TeachSurfing is to enable people to share their knowledge and culture with local communities. Our VISION is to enrich education and overcome cultural barriers through knowledge sharing.
TeachSurfing.org is a global platform for connecting individuals who would like to share their knowledge voluntarily (TeachSurfers) with not-for-profit organizations, schools and communities with learning needs (Host organizations). Over 2800 users and 240 Host organizations from 131 countries are registered on teachsurfing.org, 60 stories are published by TeachSurfers on teachsurfing.org, and over 180 workshops are delivered by TeachSurfers in 13 countries. TeachSurfing provides trainings and coaching for individuals in order to support them in taking their new role as TeachSurfers. During the training, participants improve their presentation, pedagogy and workshop facilitation skills. They learn how to create their workshop structure and content. To date, TeachSurfing offered training and personal coaching for over 150 TeachSurfers.
Additionally TeachSurfing provides its trainings and personal coaching services to wide range of customers including companies, universities, and non-profit organizations. Our list of clients includes Zalando SE, Chemnitz University of Technology and Start with a Friend e. V..

Vision

TeachSurfing aims to enrich education and to bridge cultural gaps through knowledge & experience sharing.

Contact

Please reach out to TeachSurfing team at info[at]teachsurfing.org

Team

Miganoush Magarian - CEO | Co-Founder | Software Developer
Gretta Hohl - CEO | Co-Founder | Software Developer
Tom Müller - Software Developer
Markus Müller - Software Developer
Wolf Dobenecker - UI/UX Design
Leanna Siron - PR | Communication
Tabea Sternberg - Trainer
Marco Weber - Business Development

Dr. Nicole Flindt - Advisory Board Member, e-Learning and Pedagogic Expert
Cherian Mathew - Advisory Board Member, Software Development Expert
Matthew Buccelli - Advisory Board Member, Marketing Expert

What is the story behind it

A lack of cultural tolerance and access to cutting-edge knowledge are raising challenges in societies worldwide. TeachSurfing co-founders Migan & Gretta are originally from Armenia & Romania. They both studied software engineering and are currently living & working in Germany. When visiting back home, they wanted to share their professional knowledge to inspire youth in their home countries. But there was a lack of a direct and flexible way to contact with schools and NGOs who are interested to learn from their expertise. During One Young World 2012 summit, Migan & Gretta met many like-minded people from all around the world and were inspired to build a world-wide network of passionate people who want to share knowledge and experiences... This is how the TeachSurfing idea was born.

We like to thank our former TeachSurfing Team members, mentors and supporter

Maik Prasch, Khaled Khudr, Brett Myers, Malte Steinhoff, Anne Bastian, Natalie Magee, Nina Bruun, Jose Antonio Pio, Beata Pyszniak, Ani Bagdasaryan, Julia Jurisch, Luise Bergmann, Christoph Viebig, Irena Kpogbezan, Jasmin Fayad, Jennifer Geschwindt, Jonathan Bräuer, Bernd Rolinck, Bernd Steinmeyer, Norbert Kunz, Cafer Tosun, Jürgen Müller, Marcus Krug, Massimiliano Marcon, Mauro Rego, Mohammed Abujarour, Tilman Eckert, Thomas Otto, David Dorbin, Silla Aaltonen, Stela Lalova, Mariam Sargsyan
3315 TeachSurfers
262 Host organizations
71 Success stories
173 Countries