FAQs


1. Who can volunteer?

AAP welcomes volunteers of all ages and backgrounds, as long as they are willing to commit, cooperate, learn and teach well. We currently work with students from universities (like IBA), and we like to involve students from A-Levels (from Karachi Grammar School and Lyceum etc.) for our vacation camps and workshops.

We would also like to expand our volunteer base to graduate students who have time, house-wives, free-lance workers, retired individuals and anyone who wants to engage in community service.

2. How many hours do we need to volunteer for?

The minimum commitment that we ask for is 4 hours a week, up to 120 hours in all (over six months or more), however, if people have more time, they can also volunteer for 8 or more hours per week.

3. Which subjects and grade levels can we teach?

AAP focuses on English and Mathematics for grade levels up to Class 8. In Grade 9 and 10, we also offer Science subjects (Chemistry, Biology and Physics).

4. How many days do we need to commit for?

We ask to commit for at least 2 hour classes twice a week. The number of days and availability will determine the placement schools and timings.

5. What are the timings of the classes?

Classes run from Monday to Thursday, in the afternoon at TCF schools, from 2:30 to 4:30pm. However, classes run in the morning in most government schools, between 9am to 12noon, six days a week.

6. Where are the placement schools where we teach?

Currently, we are operating in two campuses of TCF – Qayyumabad (near DHA Phase 1, Karachi) and Garden West (near IBA, City Campus, Karachi). We are also operating in an adopted government school in Shah Rasool Colony (near Abdullah Shah Ghazi)

7. Will be receive training and guidance about teaching?

Yes, volunteers are provided with training and guidance throughout the duration of their commitment.

8. What other benefits do we get?

– A chance to give back!

– Stellar experience – on resume, job or college applications

– Training, mentorship and guidance

– Leadership Skills Development – you are at the heart of the program!

– Patience, perseverance, organizational ability, public speaking skills, etc.

Other benefits may include:

– LinkedIn endorsements

– Personalized Recommendations

– Access to a large network

– Annual Events

9. Does AAP provide conveyance to the school?

No. Volunteers are responsible for their own transportation, and are encouraged to collaborate and carpool with each other.

10. Who do we report to?

Volunteers work closely with and report to Campus Coordinators of the relevant placement school.

11. Are there any mandatory guidelines that we need to follow?

Punctuality is essential and cannot be emphasized enough. If, due to any circumstance, a volunteer has to miss a day of teaching, they are required to arrange for a substitute and inform the Campus Coordinator in advance. Cultural sensitivity and modesty is extremely important.

1. What are the timings of AAP classes?

In TCF schools, where AAP classes cannot take place as part of the system during school hours, we hold class after school. In government schools where good teachers are not available during school hours, classes take place during school hours in the morning.

2. Which subjects does AAP offer?

AAP focuses on English and Mathematics for grade levels up to Class 8. In Grade 9 and 10, we also offer Science subjects (Chemistry, Biology and Physics).

3. What are AAP’s requirements for Placement Schools?

AAP only asks for a receptive administration and at least one school representative to be present during AAP classes. We also appreciate cooperation with monitoring attendance and behavior.

4. How are the students selected for the AAP Program?

AAP does not cater to all students of the school. Students are selected based on their behavior and attendance alone. Students who are motivated to learn are taken forward and are taught at their own pace. Students are not selected on their performance on tests.

5. What is the curriculum followed by AAP?

AAP follows the National Curriculum and Sindh textbook for Math. The English Curriculum is adapted from the Cambridge Young Learners Curriculum.



1. Why should our students volunteer for AAP?

This experience covers the mandatory community service hours or social internship requirement of some institutions. Teaching is a great leadership role, which helps individuals develop valuable and transferrable skills. Teaching and volunteering in less-privileged schools gives students exposure and an opportunity to face challenging circumstances with adequate support and guidance.

2. What will the students get in return?

– A chance to give back!
– Stellar experience – on resume, job or college applications
– Training, mentorship and guidance
– Leadership Skills Development – you are at the heart of the program!
– Patience, perseverance, organizational ability, public speaking skills, etc.

Other benefits may include:

– LinkedIn endorsements
– Personalized Recommendations
– Access to a large network
– Annual Events

3. Will AAP program interrupt with students studies and will AAP offer any relief during exams?

No, AAP will not interrupt student’s study schedules, and will try its best to cooperate and offer leaves to students during exams, provided that the team is informed well in advance.


1. What is the main focus and objective of the organization?

AAP’s main objective is to pave the pathway to good universities for the most deserving students in less-privileged schools, by providing free after school classes, support and mentorship and even scholarships after Class 10.

2. What is the scope of impact of AAP to date?

More than 2000 students have passed out through the AAP program in the last 5 years. Currently, there are over 150 students enrolled in the program. 7 students received the AAP scholarship in 2014.

3. How is the impact measured?

Student’s academic growth is measured and tracked closely, by conducting Baseline Assessments at the beginning of the term and Summative Assessments at the end of the term. In the fall term of 2014, Grade 6 students who have been through the AAP program for a long time performed up to 24% better than students who recently got enrolled.

4. Is the AAP model sustainable?

AAP’s most important resources are the volunteers and social interns. As long as a steady flow of university students is available, we will continue to train and guide them, and place them in under-resourced schools to teach. This model makes AAP less resource intensive and, therefore, quite sustainable.

5. Where exactly does the funding go and how much of it is spent in Overheads and Head Office Cost?

None of the donations go into Head Office cost, since the model is extremely light and lean. Most of the funding would go into scholarships and operations.

6. Is the money spent on marketing collateral and publicity drives?

No. Efforts are made to minimize marketing and publicity costs.