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 experience the value of serving others, develop problem-solving skills, have leadership opportunities, foster teamwork, build cross-cultural friendships and connections, and become active agents in changing our society.
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 HS and ES students, and to provide learning opportunities for both sides. The high school students get to practice in working with children and our elementary school students get to pray for their buddies. The high school students also play a role in setting an example for their ES buddies and get them thinking about how they can start to serve their community.
Our service-learning culminates in our FaithWorks program for middle school and our mandatory high school Week Without Walls program. Both programs have students spending a week serving others in different locations across South-East Asia. Over the years, teams have built relationships with ministry partners in Bangladesh, China, Cambodia, India, Indonesia, Malaysia, and the Philippines.
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 Secondary School Administration. This year, students will provide service in two villages in Indonesia.
Our students participate in projects determined based on the needs of 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 hope is for our students to discover their 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
Cross-Cultural Service 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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