The IEEA was founded by Eddie and Cindy Mills in 2000 and has been matching good teachers with Hainan schools ever since. The Mills have taught on Hainan for twenty years, bringing their young family to a small town called Wencheng in 1994.

The IEEA is non-profit organization, registered in the United States, and holds a license from Beijing to bring teachers to the island. The organization also holds month-long summer workshops for college students and rural teachers and is working to develop EFL curriculum, catered for Chinese English learners, both for workshops and for primary school students.