Nature as Therapy

The newly available Nature as Therapy guide by occupational therapist Jessica Roost is the third in a series of trauma-informed guides published by Tent Schools International and available on The guide suggests that the outdoors may be the most effective classroom, especially for children who have experienced trauma or who are struggling with attention […]

Meet Our Executive Director

Emily Klooster is not exactly new; she has been with Tent Schools International (TSI) since 2005 leading print and digital communications. She is now our Executive Director, overseeing TSI’s administration, programs and strategic plan. Emily is also involved in fundraising, marketing, and community outreach. She is passionate about living simply, human rights, travel, music, books […]

A Farewell to Dale Dieleman

In 1994 I was asked to serve on the board of Worldwide Christian Schools (WWCS). Shortly after joining the board, I met Dale Dieleman, who had joined just before I had. My wife and I had known of Dale through our work with church youth groups, and I was grateful for the opportunity to meet […]

A 21-Year Odyssey

In May of 2018, our Executive Director, Dale Dieleman, encountered a respiratory health issue that is now causing him to step down from his current role at Tent Schools International. After 21 years of service to our organization, we are deeply grateful to Dale for his friendship, his passion and his efforts toward pursuing the […]

We’re hiring.

Want to join the TSI team? We’re hiring a Communications Director, and we’d love to meet you. Open Position: Communications Director Part-time, up to 20 hours/week The right candidate will manage both print and digital communications for the organization. This individual will create and coordinate print and e-mail campaigns, manage our website and social media, participate on TSI’s Development […]

Christmas brings healing.

By now you may have seen our year-end theme, Schools that Heal, on the Tent Schools International website, mailings and on social media. This may seem like a bold statement, but the evidence shows there is healing taking place in our refugee schools. These “healings” may not be obvious, like physical healings, but they are […]

Interview with Berniz Constanza

Berniz Constanza’s life was forever changed by the bravery of her mother, and the generosity of a teacher. Berniz is the daughter of a woman who fled a civil war in Guatemala and found herself an undocumented immigrant with a small child in the United States. She had language barriers and did not know how […]

Healing Hearts and Minds

Tent schools offer more than education to displaced children. You’re not only educating kids seeking refuge, but with your support, you are healing their hearts and minds, clearing the way for in-depth learning, emotional health and spiritual growth. According to Save the Children, “In the last year alone refugee children have missed more than 700 […]

Khaled’s Story

Let me introduce you to my friend Khaled, who I met when I was working with refugee populations in Jordan. Khaled was nine years old when he arrived in Jordan with his mom and siblings, but without his dad, who was killed in front of him by ISIS. When I first met Khaled he was […]

Schools that Heal

“As they go through the Valley of Baca, they make it a place of springs; the early rain also covers it with pools. They go from strength to strength; each one appears before God in Zion.” (Psalm 84: 6-7) The Valley of Baca in biblical times meant “sorrow” or “tears” as pilgrims made their way […]