NaTakallam was born with social impact at its core, providing livelihood opportunities to refugees and displaced persons is baked into our mission. Since starting in 2015, NaTakallam has paired almost 150 displaced persons and over 6,000 individuals in more than 65 countries who have engaged in more than 30,000 hours of NaTakallam sessions. Displaced people have self-generated over $600,000 through their work with NaTakallam.

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NaTakallam was initially founded to support Syrian refugees, by founders who have a particular expertise in the Middle East/North Africa region. The original offering was one-on-one language practice over Skype, specifically for Arabic with Syrian refugees.

However, since 2015, our services have significantly expanded in both offerings and languages. We now offer language learning sessions in Arabic (with Syrian, Iraqi, Palestinian, Egyptian, Yemini displaced persons), French (with refugees form Congo DRC, Burundi, Guinea), Persian (with Iranians and Afghans) and Spanish (with Venezuelans and Central Americans); professional translation services in 9+ languages including Arabic, French, Kurdish, Pashto, Persian (Farsi/Dari), Portuguese, Spanish, Tigrinya, Urdu, with competitive pricing and personalized service and curated language learning and cultural exchange programs in schools, universities, and organizations worldwide.

Most individuals NaTakallam supports are at the beginning of their refugee journey, striving to make it to places like Australia, Europe and North America, where less than 0.5 percent of the total refugee population actually gets resettled.

While the refugees who have fled the wars in the Middle East to Europe and North America are still in need of support, the hidden truth is that the vast majority of refugees are living in neighboring and developing countries. As NaTakallam was born in Beirut, we aim to provide close to Lebanon’s minimum wage in monthly payments to conversation partners.