The International TYPO3 Mentorship Program

The TYPO3 International Mentorship program brings TYPO3 to new countries. TYPO3 CMS is a performant, secure, and flexible CMS, well-suited for many types of projects. Through individual mentorship, we show local web development communities how to use it for their projects and join our community.

World-Wide TYPO3 Business and Community

The mentoring program introduces new web developers to TYPO3. They learn our CMS and to start using it through a one-to-one learning process mentored by experienced members of our community. It brings TYPO3 to countries where the CMS does not have yet a relevant presence and the main goal is to expand TYPO3, its community of developers, and its market.

Through 3 months, with weekly study topics, homework, and direct video communication with their mentors, the TYPO3 students learn how to build their own TYPO3 website and how to use it professionally, at their web agency or as freelancers. By understanding the basics of TYPO3, they can develop their knowledge further. By being introduced to the community, they can ask questions. They'll become sources of knowledge and contributors themselves, sharing with their local community and the global community.

Curriculum, Time Requirement, and Organization

The program consists of 12 chapters, or lessons. With one lesson a week, the curriculum builds TYPO3 expertise over approximately 3 months.

The curriculum requires a commitment of at least 4 hours per week from the mentee. This includes time for independent study, doing homework, assessment, and one-on-one calls with the mentor. The mentor should dedicate 2–3 hours per week.

The  program is coordinated by a committee supervising the process. The committee evaluates the mentee and mentor candidates, monitors progress and provides assistance to the mentors and mentees.

The mentors are rewarded for their involvement using funds from the TYPO3 Community Expansion Committee's budget and from generous sponsors. Skilldisplay offers a platform to organize the learning process and measure progress.

The Story So Far

May 2020

  • Project preparations. Creating the operational processes and the curriculum.
  • Reaching out to web developer communities around the world and presenting TYPO3 to them.
  • Collecting registrations and assessing candidates.
  • Identifying suitable mentors and preparing them.

July 2020

  • The first batch of registered mentees were interviewed and ready to start.
  • The first five mentors were confirmed.
  • The curriculum was completed the methodology established.

August 2020

  • The mentors were onboarded.
  • Final preparations took place, including the setup of hosting environments for each mentee, with the support of

September 2020

  • Six mentees started the program. They were from Zimbabwe, Chile, Benin, Cuba, and Rwanda. 
  • Four mentors were assigned. They come from Germany, France, Poland and Romania.

Future Plans

The number of interested mentees is growing fast and bring them all on board is a great opportunity for TYPO3. For this to happen, we need:

  • A larger budget, with the help of generous sponsors
  • More mentors

We would also like to reach out to new countries where TYPO3 is not yet present. If you can help, please contact us.

Other Countries Engaged

We are already speaking to people from these countries, and would love to hear from more of you:

  • Kenya
  • Uganda
  • Nigeria
  • South Africa
  • Costa Rica
  • Angola
  • Ethiopia
  • Ivory Coast
  • Botswana
  • Burundi


  • Anja Leichsenring, Germany
  • Alina Fleșer-Miclăuș, Romania
  • Florian Rival, France
  • Oskar Dydo, Poland
  • Sergio Catalá, Spain

Program Committee

  • Daniel Homorodean, Romania
    Management, promotion, and engagement
  • Tymoteusz Motylewski, Poland
    Technical coordination, curriculum, and onboarding process
  • Mathias Bolt Lesniak, Norway
    Mentor and mentee assessment and program reporting
  • Alina Fleser, Romania
    Technical content and mentor onboarding
  • Olivier Dobberkau, Germany
    Organizational support
  • Rachel Foucard, France
    Engage French community