History of ABCi


ABCi was founded as an NPO in 2011 by Frank Carle and Ben Stone in Oberwart, Austria. ABCi quickly grew to become Austrian's foremost NPO by promoting English language, culture and sport in classrooms from Burgenland to Vorarlberg.


In the fall of 2012, ABCi opened their new offices in Gmunden on the shores of Lake Traun in Upper Austria, allowing ABCi's native speakers easier access to students in Austria. Under the guidance of Professors Jakob Gfrerer, Hans Brandstätter and with the help of people from across the English-speaking world, ABCi was able to give over 14,000 children free English project days in the 2012-2013 school year.


ABCi expanded rapidly during this time and sponsors like Microsoft and the Chamber of Commerce gave free English project days to nearly 40,000 children during the 2013-2014 school year. This school year also marked the beginning of ABCi's collaboration with pädagogische hochschule in Linz, Salzburg and Feldkirch


ABCi became an official course provider for the Trinity College London during the 2014-2015 school year, bringing the advantages of world-class academic expertise and teacher education courses to trainee teachers from all over the English speaking world. ABCi added additional personnel and expanded the TEFL-YL course to meet international standards.


ABCi moved to their new location in the summer of 2015, sharing the location with the English Teacher Training College of Austria, which took over responsibility for the running of the TEFL courses. ABCi remains on target to give all the children in Austria a free English project day by the year 2020.