- Greater Toronto Area
We’ve got a fantastic referral program going on right now. Refer a tutor who is qualified to tutor a university or college level course and receive $50 cash. Refer a student who starts tutoring with us and receive $50 cash. Simple as that.
We have amazing news to share with you! After months of learning about different education initiatives in developing countries, we have chosen our first one to support. The Saidia Agriculture and Social Care Organization (SASCO) in Tanzania is a registered NGO who is managed by volunteers and nearly 100% of the donations are for the recipients. We will be supporting Isangha Primary school, which is publicly funded by the government, but lacks many basic needs of a school, such as desks and supplies.
Why? We chose the poorest of the poor; students who attend a public school because they cannot afford to attend a privately funded school.
What? Immediate needs are desks for students and teachers (students currently sit on stones) and teaching supplies.
For more information about this organization, please check out www.sasco.co/aboutsasco.
We are beyond excited about our partnership with them and look forward to working with them!
Monday, March 11, 2013
What’s up with the name ‘Surf the Curve?’
It’s a question often asked by many of our customers, employees and friends. Let’s back track a little. My name’s Anna and I’m the founder of Surf the Curve. I began this tutoring business 9 months ago, while finishing a second degree. I went into Ryerson University knowing I wanted to major in finance, mostly because I knew it’s applicable to any job, but struggled in choosing a minor. I took an entrepreneurship course out of curiosity and it literally changed the ball game. It was called ‘Identifying Opportunities’ and was taught by Sean Wise, an enthusiastic professor and the previous Industry Advisor and Online Host for CBC Television: Dragon’s Den. I had friends who were entrepreneurs, but never really understood why they chose that route until this class. It opened a whole new world to me in the sense that you don’t necessarily have to work for someone else – and yes you can make money!
So I went on to take more entrepreneurship courses. Being a driven and passionate individual, I knew I wanted to start something of my own, but I also had a deep burning desire to contribute to those in society who need it most. That, in itself, wasn’t an epiphany for me. I’ve always been like that, it’s part of who I am. The connection really happened when Ryerson sent me to Socialight’s inaugural conference in 2011. There, I was introduced to the concept of social entrepreneurship. It’s a term that’s becoming more and more popular.
When the exact moment of tutoring as a business turned a light bulb off in my head, I can’t tell you. As a strong advocate for education, as someone who has been tutored and has been a tutor, it seemed like a natural fit. I also envisioned the future and whether this was the type of business I’d like to be in. Now came the exciting part or for some, the headache; choosing a name for the company. I struggled for about a month with a name, asking friends and family, and getting mixed reactions.
This is when the epiphany occurred. It was about February 2012, a cold winter morning, and I was getting ready for school. Half asleep and daydreaming about surfing somewhere on a beautiful beach in the south, it hit me. Surf the Curve – the bell curve. And that is how we got our name.
Our next blog topic will be about how we chose to give back. Stay tuned!