Service in Action is not only a core component of the Middle Years Programme (MYP), but it is a fundamental to developing the compassion and understanding necessary for our students to develop into responsible global citizens. All students in the MYP engage in meaningful, authentic service that also has an action component. This means students not only identify needs in their local community and beyond, but they take action on them.
Our Service in Action Programme gives students the opportunity to make connections between what they are learning in the classroom and the outside world. This extends their learning by putting it into a real-world context. As Cathryn Berger Kaye writes, when working on required service learning projects, students “reveal hidden talents, apply themselves in ways that stretch their intellect, retain what they have learned, and transfer the skills and knowledge to new situations” (“Service Learning: Engagement, Action, Results” 2010).
Service in Action groups act globally by supporting organizations assisting communities in Africa, Asia and Eastern Europe. Other groups act locally by supporting food programs, homeless shelters, animal shelters, and a children’s hospital, all of which are based in Bonn.