our story

our story


Like many other good ideas,
Teacher Mentors Abroad
started by chance.

In January 2005, a mission team of Canadians from St. Paul’s Leaskdale, Ontario, hosted a youth leadership camp in Hainamosa, a needy community outside Santo Domingo in the Dominican Republic. In this community, both public and private schools face the challenges of being under-resourced. Dominican teachers noticed the co-operative learning strategies used by the Canadians in working with the youth and asked to learn more about this instructional approach.

TMA was created in response to this request. A group of Canadian educators facilitated a summer workshop for 70 teachers in Hainamosa. It was such a success that both the Dominicans and the Canadians realized there was a need for a bigger program. Future workshops on instructional strategies were planned based on a “train the trainers” model.

To date, TMA has trained more than 2000 teachers, principals and system leaders and handed out more than 1700 Tribes Spanish version books to participants.

Teacher Mentors Abroad is a registered not-for-profit charity with no religious or political affiliations. TMA mentors are change agents, striving for and motivated by a better education for students today in an effort to increase their chances of a brighter tomorrow.