Annual Campaign Giving -- Celebrating 5 years of Growing, Teaching, and Learning

Dear Supporters,

Ndumiso Nkzwana believes that “through education, one can be whoever they want to be.” A 27-year old graduate of LEAP High School in Cape Town, Ndumiso has chosen to be a teacher.  He values education and sees this profession as a way to break the cycle of crime, unemployment, and poverty that plagues the township community of Langa where he lives. Ndumiso is pursuing a degree in education through correspondence courses at UNISA, while enrolled in the LEAP Future Leaders’ teacher-training program. 

At Teach With Africa, we also believe that education is the key to empowerment, not just in South Africa, but in struggling communities in the USA as well.  We’ve built this organization around the value of reciprocity in our vision to build and strengthen a future generation of quality educators through shared learning and teaching. 

In just two years, we’ve seen Ndumiso take big steps in his journey to become an excellent teacher. In 2011, he received mentoring and professional development training from Paul Richardson, a TWA Fellow who volunteered in Cape Town. Six months later, Ndumiso was in the USA for the first time for a month-long internship at Children’s Day School where Paul teaches in San Francisco.  This past summer, Ndumiso worked intensively with Howard McCoy, an outstanding History teacher at Katherine Delmar Burke School in San Francisco.  Howard spent 3 weeks in Cape Town training and collaborating with the LEAP General Studies teachers, including Ndumiso, and modeling his expertise in project-based-learning. Ndumiso plans to return to the USA in January 2013 to continue his mentorship and training with Howard through our Intern Exchange program with Bay Area partner schools.  

We are proud to foster the growth of future teachers like Ndumiso.  The relationships that have formed through mentorship, collaboration, and cultural exchange between our USA and South African educators are truly powerful and have real impact on teacher development.

In just 5 years, TWA has grown from a seed idea of sending a few teachers to volunteer in South Africa, into a dynamic organization with a transformative education exchange program! Our tremendous growth is a testament to the generosity and passion of supporters like you.  Many of you have been with us from our very humble beginnings and continue to support us in ways big and small.

Take a moment to celebrate the accomplishments you have helped us achieve since 2008:
  • Exchanged over 120 educators between the USA
    and South Africa;
  • Created month-long internship opportunities for 26
    South African teachers-in-training at premier schools
    in the Bay Area to observe best-practices in teaching;
  • Promoted Early Childhood Development
    best-practices by training over 60 teachers and
    principals of 10 rural preschools; and
  • Enhanced teaching capacity for our partners at LEAP
    School through 40 weeks of training, collaboration,
    instructional modeling, and mentoring over the past 5 years. 


Your support is enabling us to continue growing our dream to serve even more teachers and children. We are proud to announce the newly launched LEAP/ TWA Global Teacher Institute. This new framework will enhance continuity and capacity for TWA’s existing Fellowship and Intern programs, while focusing on a heightened effort to provide professional development, guidance, and higher education support for young teachers-in-training in South Africa.  We are excited about the potential for deepening our long-term impact, sustainability, and scalability through the Institute and are thrilled to partner with LEAP in this one-of-a-kind, ground-breaking initiative. 

We need your help to develop the Institute to its full potential. Please consider making a gift to Teach With Africa’s inaugural Annual Campaign to meet our goal of raising $250,000.  We are a small and nimble organization, working with a very small staff and a team of dedicated board members and volunteers to ensure that every donor dollar has maximum impact.  

Annual Campaign contributions in any amount can be made by:
    1)  Check payable to “Teach With Africa”
      972 Mission Street, 5th Floor
      San Francisco, CA 94103

   2)  Pay on-line by credit card 
   3)  Gifts of stock – contact:

As always, thank you for supporting and sharing our vision to create education equality! We look forward to all the good we can achieve together in the next five years.


    Amy Schoew & Wendy Cross
Teach With Africa



Based in Cape Town, the Institute will serve as a collaborative effort between our core partner, the LEAP Science and Maths School in South Africa, and Teach With Africa. We have already made significant progress with the hiring of our Institute Manager (3 time TWA Fellow and former KIPP Philadelphia teacher), Josh Elder, who started work in August from his new base in Cape Town.

In addition to strengthening the professional development and higher education opportunities for LEAP faculty and teachers-in-training, the Institute will create a formal structure for LEAP to share its highly successful model for integrating social-emotional learning with teachers in South Africa, the USA and beyond.


Many of our supporters choose to contribute to Teach With Africa through our annual Gala benefit event.  We hope to see you all at the St. Regis SF on Saturday, March 2, 2013!

If you would like to support our Annual Campaign by purchasing pre-sale Gala tickets or sponsorships at last year’s prices, please visit our Annual Gala page

Patron, Bronze, Silver, and Gold Sponsorships ($750-$10,000) received by December 1st will be listed as the Gala Host Committee in printed materials. 

We’ve outgrown our first office and moved downtown! Please note our new phone, fax, and address contact details.

Donations to Teach With Africa are tax deductible to the extent allowed by law. Don’t wait to get your 2012 charitable tax deduction!
[TWA TAX ID # 26-1649233]

(Ndumiso at Intern Program potluck hosted by Burke’s school in San Francisco)

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