Folens Overseas Teaching Fund

Helping you to help others...with €5,000!

What’s it all about?

We at Folens believe everyone has a right to education, and we actively support this through our Giving Programme. As part of that programme we have set up the Folens Overseas Teaching Fund. Now in its fifth year, the Folens Overseas Teaching Fund gives us an opportunity to contribute to education on many levels simultaneously. 

The Award

This year we are awarding €5,000 to Primary and Post-Primary teachers in Ireland who are committing their time and energies to teaching as part of a volunteer or charitable programme over the summer. The €5,000 is split into five individual awards of €1,000. Each winning candidate will receive €500 to help finance their trip and the balance of €500 will be donated to their programme, overseas teaching school or organisation.


2018 Wnners

Elizabeth Treacy of Avondale Community College, Co Wicklow, travelled to Sierra Leone with Global Schoolroom as part of a pilot programme for inclusive education that promotes lifelong learning opportunities and gender equality.                                                                                         

Avril McClenehan of Francis Street CBS, Dublin, who will work to improve education, provide training and stimulate creative ideas in the learning centre in Siem Reap, Cambodia with PEPY Empowering Youth.

David McEvoy of St. Attracta's Community School, Sligo, travelled to Cape Town with Mellon Educate to share his experience and mentor on-going good practice with his partnered teacher.  

Jack Neylon of Colaiste Muire, Co Clare, travelled to Kolkata, India, where he worked as a support volunteer on The Hope Foundation's education and training projects.                               

Fiona Santry of Scoil Iósaf, Castlemartyr, went to Uganda with Nurture Africa where she taught and hosted interactive methodology-sharing workshops with Ugandan teachers. 


The promoting company is Folens Publishers, Hibernian Industrial Estate, Greenhills Rd, Tallaght, Dublin 24 (“the Company”).

  • In addition to Folens’ Standard Competition Terms and Conditions the following applies.
  • You must be a qualified Primary or Post Primary teacher employed full time in a teaching role in a school in the Republic of Ireland.
  • You must be a resident of the Republic of Ireland. 
  • Travel/programme participation must take place between date of entry and December 31st 2018.
  • The Company will shortlist potential prize winners and if your entry is shortlisted, the Company will require your assistance in carrying out further checks to validate your involvement with the nominated programme. Being shortlisted does not guarantee or entitle you to a prize.
  • The organisation you work/volunteer with must be recognised by the appropriate authorities.
  • The Company hereby reserves the right to amend any of the terms, conditions or rules contained herein at any time without advance or other form of communication to the entrant.
  • If for any reason a winner does not complete the programme as defined, all monetary rewards to the individual must be refunded but the chosen programme/organisation will keep their reward.
  • To enter the competition you must submit your entry on or before 5pm on the 5 May 2018. Under no circumstances will entries submitted after this period be considered valid entries for the competition.
  • Winners will be selected based on the details in your submission and the originality and appeal of your reason for deserving the funding. Judges reserve the right to limit the number of potential winning participants in any programme in order to ensure a spread of winning entries across voluntary programmes is achieved in order to benefit a variety of programmes.
  • Winners will be notified by email and must respond within 8 working days with any required documentation or the prize will be forfeited.
  • Winners are required to participate in Folens PR initiatives at national and local levels (interviews, blogs, photocalls, follow up stories, etc)
  • The list of winners will be posted on and the judge’s decision in announcing winners is final and shall not be subject to review or protracted correspondence on the matter.
  • The judge(s) of the competition will be chosen by the Company.

Folens Overseas Teaching Fund 2015