Based in Tucson, Arizona, TFF is a U.S. non-profit 501(c)(3) tax-exempt organization with no religious or political affiliation. While we do require host institutions to provide appropriate short-term accommodations for our teachers (described in What We Offer), we do not impose any fees for our services.
In 2002, the Teach for Friendship Foundation was created in response to requests from a leading university in Wuhan, China, for native-English-speaking teachers to strengthen their students’ ability to converse in English and to build bridges of friendship between China and the U.S.
Since that time, TFF and its highly skilled volunteer teachers have successfully engaged thousands of Chinese university students, from a variety of fields, in short-term, interactive English conversation classes. TFF’s programs in China have also included more specialized programs for a number of universities there, including oral English for “Young Professors” and medical and law students as well as professional development courses for Chinese teachers of English in middle and high schools. Recognizing the importance of TFF’s work, China’s Hubei Province honored TFF’s founder and president, Bill Ingram, with its Bell Chime Award, the highest honor given for contributions to education and economic development.
In recent years, TFF has expanded its teaching programs to universities and other institutions in countries as diverse as Romania, Guatemala, Kazakhstan, and Chile. These programs have included the short-term, intensive oral English classes for university students and others, which are TFF’s hallmark. In addition, building on the strong academic and professional backgrounds of our lead teachers, we have developed and led well-received professional development programs for university faculty; methodology classes for non-native English speakers who teach English in middle and high schools; and academic writing workshops for university faculty and graduate students. TFF has also developed industry-specific English classes for workers in the tourism industry as well as for doctors.