Chatterbox

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PURPOSE

 

Chatterbox is an online language learning platform for professionals, where tutors are trained refugees who share their personal and professional interests.

 
 
 

PROBLEM

 

Refugees with advanced degrees and valuable skills face shocking levels of unemployment or underemployment worldwide.

Chatterbox trains and employs displaced people to teach their native languages in the booming language online language-learning industry.

 
 
 

SOLUTION

 

Our online language learning platform matches refugee tutors with students around the world, based on their teaching skills but also on their professional background – providing a more engaging learning experience, while valuing refugees' entire professional background. In addition, individual tutors can use this as a springboard into even better opportunities.

The refugee community as a whole benefits from raised aspirations and improved attitudes towards hiring refugees among clients who work with us. And society benefits from a radical framing of refugees as an asset rather than a burden or threat.

Most "career aligned" solutions online focus on English or engineering (the biggest markets). The leader is Voxy – which fills the Market needs for English learning. We want to deliver this in other languages, starting with Arabic and Spanish (largest numbers of refugees, and some of the largest language learning markets). We could also expand to Mandarin in the future.

 
 
 

CAUSES

 
  • Communities

  • Culture

  • Social Welfare

 
 
 

WHO IS INVOLVED?

 
 

Mursal Hedayat – Founder and CEO
Mursal is a former refugee with personal insight into the refugee experience. She has been trained in social entrepreneurship as a Year Here social change fellow following a degree in Economics. Her work has been recognised by Ashoka, Forbes, and MIT among others.

Guillemette – Co-Founder and Head of Product & Operations
Guillemette is a serial tech entrepreneur, having previously founded two tech startups; one in the language sector and another backed by Y Combinator. Prior to this as a social worker, she created and taught language programmes for third sector organisations.

Christian Vismara – Full-stack Web Developer
Previously worked for a studio agency rapidly prototyping new startups.

Liz Chick – Part-time communications lead

Upcoming hires include an Arabic specialist, FT Communications Lead, Business Development Lead, and Developer.

 
 
 

HOW CAN I HELP?

 

WEB DEVELOPMENT MENTORSHIP (FULL-STACK)

  • Help our mid-weight full-stack developer with 1-2 hours of available “office-hour” session per week, to help with technical challenges.

  • Time: 1-2 hours per week

WEB DEVELOPMENT (BACK-END)

Help with stand-alone projects, working directly with our front-end developer – such as creating a simple feedback system after each tutoring session.

  • Time: 2-4 hours per week

WEB DEVELOPMENT (FRONT END)

Help fix bugs, usability issues, performance we have prioritised for our booking platform; as well as improve the responsiveness of our app.

  • Time: 2-4 hours per week

TECH STACK DETAILS

Here are the details of the tech stack used on the project that are relevant to the roles above:

  • Bootstrap

  • react-bootstrap

  • create-react-app

  • Webpack

  • SASS/SCSS

  • Django

  • Django REST Framework

  • ES2015+

  • AWS

  • Google Apps Script

  • Squarespace

MARKETING

Help producing posts for small paid social campaigns and setting up tracking of performance.

  • Time: 4 hours per week.

DESIGN

Help design emails, newsletter templates and marketing material, that matches our app style guide.

  • Time: 2-4 hours per week

 
 
 

STATUS

 

APPLICATION DEADLINE
FRIDAY 21 DECEMBER, 23:59 GMT

You can now apply to join the project.