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The Integration Foundation is looking for new, smaller organisers of language cafés

The Integration Foundation launched a public procurement for the organisation of Estonian language cafés in the Mustamäe, Lasnamäe and Haabersti districts of Tallinn, in the Järve and Ahtme districts of Kohtla-Järve and in Maardu, Paldiski, Keila, Narva, Sillamäe, Jõhvi, Kiviõli and Püssi in 2018.


Whereas previously the foundation has sought tenderers to organise the cafés throughout a given county, it is now looking for organisers for each city and even each city district separately.


Irene Käosaar, the director of the Integration Foundation, says that county-wide cafés were primarily only able to be organised by large language companies, meaning that the potential of local providers was going untapped.


“By involving smaller non-profits, libraries and cultural centres I’m sure the quality of the cafés will actually get a boost, because small-scale operators can’t allow themselves the luxury of mediocrity,” she said. “Here at the foundation we want the cafés to have the kind of atmosphere that makes people really want to come along to them to practise their Estonian.”


The Integration Foundation is therefore inviting smaller, local players to take part in the procurement alongside larger companies. The main prerequisites for organisers of the language cafés are Estonian language skills and at least one year’s experience in teaching Estonian to adults as a foreign language.


The cafés are financed as part of the ‘Development and implementation of an advisory and information system’ activity of the European Social Fund project ‘Terms and conditions of the provision of support for activities promoting integration in Estonian society’.


The documents for the ‘Advising on independent studies of Estonian in language cafés’ procurement can be viewed here:


For further information please contact:

Kätlin Kõverik

Senior advisor | Integration Foundation

Mobile: +372 5333 2774