About Trellis

As a non-profit organization, Trellis aims to improve the English and Japanese language capabilities of our students as a means of increasing their social and economic mobility. We also strive to increase the effectiveness of foreign language education by providing better access to trained and experienced foreign language instructors to both for-profit and non-profit educational initiatives regionally and internationally.

Trellis provides its volunteers with a safe and structured environment to develop their skills as foreign language educators. By becoming a Trellis Volunteer, you will learn by teaching others. We offer a unique, innovative, socially-responsible, and highly-productive volunteer experience complimented by job placement opportunities with trusted partners in multiple countries.

Our engagement in a socially-responsible and economically-sustainable hybrid partnership with our Japanese collaborator allows us to promote growth, development, and innovation by providing cost-free foreign language education to children and young adults in Vietnam. This partnership enables us to provide constructive solutions to common problems associated with the existing foreign language education industry by creating an innovative, cost-effective, and self-sustainable approach to workforce management and curriculum development.

  • Our Mission: Providing education to uplift individuals and communities.
  • Our Vision: Harnessing the power of globalization to catalyze positive change.

Our Values

Equal Access to Education for All

Insufficient access to effective foreign language education is a problem shared by both developed and developing countries.

Trellis’ hybrid approach to educational development not only enables us to provide language classes to individuals who lack access to such opportunities but also to increase the effectiveness of foreign language education internationally by sourcing, training, and disseminating qualified and experienced foreign language instructors to for-profit and non-profit organizations all over the world.

Positively Impacting the Communities in Which we Operate

Turning the educated into the educator is one of the most effective ways to promote communal development. Trellis provides the tools to not only develop an important skill set but also to put that skill set to use; we aim to provide an avenue for education as well as employment for both our volunteers and students.

Education is the first step towards increasing a person’s socioeconomic mobility and, in turn, enhancing the capabilities of themselves and their communities. The effects of educating even a single individual can reverberate throughout their entire community as they educate others, better provide for their families, and more effectively connect with today’s globalized society.

Promoting The Creation of Shared Value as an Impactful Commercial Strategy0

Trellis’ hybrid approach to educational development allows us to leverage social issues and market inefficiencies in a way which is both productive as well as profitable. We hope to inspire other organizations to adopt similar strategies which harness the power of for-profit industry to catalyze positive social change.

Our Hybrid Model

A hybrid organization combines the elements, values, and actions of the public, private, and voluntary sectors. The formation of a hybrid organization most commonly occurs as a result of the creation of a mutually-beneficial, economically-sustainable partnership between for-profit and non-profit entities.

Such a partnership allows non-profit organizations to increase their self-sustainability by reducing their dependency on donation dollars and enhancing their operational mobility. For-profit organizations often benefit by increasing their Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) and developing their future market through the creation of shared value.

Trellis is a 100% non-profit organization. That means any and all program fees and donation dollars go directly towards enhancing and expanding our non-profit educational activities. To compliment our operations, we have established a hybridized partnership with Chouette Inc., a Japanese for-profit organization which provides teacher-allocation services as well as curriculum strategies and classroom materials to pre-existing English language learning institutions operating within the Japanese foreign language acquisition market.

Chouette’s objective is to branch out and disseminate its curriculum, teaching strategies, and classroom materials to a broader market. Trellis is the bridge that will connect Chouette to markets in developing countries.

In exchange for providing Chouette with a cost-effective and socially-responsible medium for sourcing teachers as well as an additional avenue for researching and developing its curriculum and teaching strategies, Trellis receives access to Chouette’s robust and unique curriculum models, teaching strategies, and classroom materials. This partnership increases the effectiveness of Trellis’ educational services and allows us to provide you with a better training experience and more job opportunities upon completion of our volunteer program.

Creating Shared Value (CSV)

By adopting CSV principles into their commercial strategies, companies and organizations can create measurable economic value by addressing social problems which relate to their business. By reconceiving products and markets, redefining productivity in the value chain, and enabling local cluster development in their regions of operations, organizations can address and provide solutions to social problems in a positive and commercially sustainable manner.

Non-profit organizations often lack self-sustainability. Too much time and resources are spent constantly competing with other non-profits for a portion of the finite amount of donation-dollars available. For-profit organizations are often trapped in an outdated model of value-creation that prioritizes short-term performance and profit-maximization. This approach creates a disconnect between business and society which ultimately limits a company’s long-term success.

The goal of Trellis’ partnership with Chouette is to address and provide constructive solutions to these problems through the adoption of a shared value approach which leverages the power of market-based competition to address outstanding social issues. By incorporating this shared-value approach into the foundational strategies of our organizations, Trellis and Chouette aim to use education as a means of strengthening the communities and economies in which we operate.

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