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About Us

Zamenhof makes it easy to sell professional language solutions all while keeping your brand identity intact.

The idea for Zamenhof started brewing in 2008. I was living in Moscow, Russia at the time. A journalist friend of mine was taking English lessons with an American teacher during his lunch break. Unfortunately, he only had an hour to spare and thanks to Moscow’s infamous traffic congestion, his teacher was always late, which made things very inconvenient. My friend and the teacher compromised by agreeing to conduct the lessons over the phone rather than in-person. The convenience of this method worked in favor of both parties. In fact, it worked out so well that my friend proposed a partnership that would see us offering the same arrangement to other Russian students looking to learn English.

Things were so simple initially. We were able to find qualified teachers in the U.S. and attracted students in Russia. We hired a secretary to organize the lessons and brought more aboard as our enrollment increased.

While the response was positive, we faced two huge challenges:

  • 1. Organizing one-to-one lessons was incredibly difficult. There were communication issues with timezones, problems with keeping schedule commitments, and constant requests to adjust schedules from both sides.

  • 2. Students had high expectations.They wanted free evaluations or lessons before purchasing a lesson plan, teachers for different languages, a wide variety of relevant content, and the ability to reschedule their lessons.

    At this point, we realized that scaling the businesses with our existing infrastructure was unrealistic. It just wouldn’t allow us to keep our prices reasonable and remain profitable in the process. We initially came up with the idea of 100 students per secretary, but had to find a way to provide the tools that would help them effectively manage the demand.

    The concept that would become Zamenhof turned out to be the solution to our problems. By bolstering our IT team, we were able to deliver tools that catered to corporate clients and students alike. Schools have access to talented language professionals from regions all over the world. Students have a broad selection of content and flexibility that accommodates their personal needs.

The Results

So far, so good. Our clients are benefiting from a tailor-made solution that alleviates technical pressures and keeps the cost of their investment low, while allowing them to focus on what matters most – running their business!

Zamenhof has been founded by Patrice Laperriere in 2012. He has himself runed an online language school and understood the difficulty of managing a big team of teachers without the proper platform. Sharing online content, staff and platform is a breakthrough in the industry.

Patrice

Patrice Laperriere

Founder

Patrice is an avid traveler of the world and a polished professional with a mind for business. His international and management experiences linked to his personal experience helped him to build a strong company. Patrice is from Quebec (Canada) but currently lives in Madrid (Spain).

Indrajit

Indrajit Lahiri

Lead Developer

Indra is a senior PHP developer. He hold MSc in computer science from the SMU (Sikkim Manipal University). When he is not on his computer, he likes spending time with his kid. He discovered web development when he was 26 and he decided to make this passion his job. Indra joined the Zamenhof team in March 2012. He lives in Kolkata (India).

Predrag

Predrag Stojanovic

Web Designer

Predrag holds a degree in computer graphics, web and multimedia. Besides his passion for graphics and new technology, devouring good books, going to the cinema and traveling are also his favourite hobbies. Predrag is also a real music lover, music is a huge inspiration in his job. Predrag lives in Belgrade (Serbia).

50+ Teachers

50+ Teachers

Native language speakers Our team consists of 50+ Native language speakers from around the world.
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