Service Learning Program
“Educating Minds and transforming lives” is our mission, so participating in age-appropriate service learning is a central element of the ICS student experience. Under its mandate to give back and educate in meaningful ways, students engage service at multiple levels: cross-cultural volunteer service, community volunteer service, charitable fundraising, and awareness campaigns. The goals of the program are for students to increasingly ingrain a servant's heart in our students, K4 through grade 12, for real world application. Through developmentally appropriate ways, students experience the value of serving others, develop problem-solving skills, practice leadership opportunities, foster teamwork, build cross-cultural friendships and connections, and become active agents in changing our society through showing the love of Christ to others.
The service learning journey for students begins with being "buddies" to ICS elementary students. This program is year-long and has two main goals: to foster connections being made between MS and HS students with all ES students, and to provide learning opportunities for all students. The MS and HS students practice working with younger children, and our elementary school students learn to also plan working with their older buddies through prayer and planning activities for their buddies. The high school students also play an integral role in setting an example for their ES buddies while inspiring them to think about how they can begin to serve their community.
Our service-learning culminates in different yet meaningful was for the three levels. ES student participate in a division-selected service project benefiting the local community. MS students participate in their FaithWorks service project locally and abroad. Finally, HS students participate in our mandatory high school Week Without Walls program locally and abroad. Over the years, WWW teams have built relationships with ministry partners in Bangladesh, China, Cambodia, India, Indonesia, Malaysia, and the Philippines.
Elementary School Service Learning
Elementary School Program
Elementary School Service Learning is year-long venture to instill the value of service in our ES students in meaningful yet developmentally appropriate ways. Throughout the year, ES students begin learning about the principles of service, identify opportunities to improve situations within their respective circles, and build relationships with their MS or HS "buddies". Their service project culminates with a service project benefiting the local community.
Middle School Program
FaithWorks is a service oriented, cross-cultural learning experience that is an important part of the middle school curriculum. Within FaithWorks, students have the opportunity to contribute and seek to improve situations in a service location selected by the Middle School Team and MS and HS Administration. Over the years, FaithWorks projects have taken place locally as well as in Indonesia.
Early on in the school year, MS students begin to identify projects designed to have a meaningful impact on the community they visit. Service projects may include teaching English, leading local school events (such as a field day), and/or working to meet community needs through construction projects. Through these experiences, our goal is for our students to discover their unique gifts and talents, develop critical thinking skills as they work within cross-cultural settings, and become quality communicators as they collaborate with their team and the host organizations.
Week Without Walls
High School Program
The Week Without Walls (WWW) program is our mandatory cross-cultural service program for all full-time high school students (tuition fees are inclusive of WWW trips). During the first quarter of the school year students and their parents select the top three choices of teams that they would prefer and the school places them on a team with their choices as a major consideration. Weekly team meetings provide a small group setting to offer support and foster community within the student body. All of the trips are organized and lead by the high school faculty.
WWW aims to see students
- Exposed to other cultures outside of Singapore
- Develop a deeper appreciation for ways in which they have been blessed
- Experience the value of serving others
- Have leadership opportunities
- Develop problem solving skills
- Foster teamwork
- Encourage unity in the student body
- Build cross-cultural friendships
The WWW program was established in 2008 and is certified by the Standards of Excellence in Short-Term Mission.
Over the years, teams have built relationships with ministry partners in Bangladesh, China, Cambodia, India, Indonesia, Malaysia, and the Philippines.
Week Without Walls Updates
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