What is Service Learning? (replace with our staff definition)

According to Vanderbilt University, service learning is defined as: “A form of experiential education where learning occurs through a cycle of action and reflection as students seek to achieve real objectives for the community and deeper understanding and skills for themselves.”

Service Learning follows six stages: (use cycle)

  • Investigation
  • Preparation
  • Action
  • Reflection
  • Demonstration
  • Evaluation

Service learning is a crucial part of the implementation of the MYP (service as action) program. Also, elements of service learning are incorporated into the PYP (action, agency) program.

What are the goals of Service Learning? (replace with our goals), how support school goals)

The goals of Service Learning are:

  • Foster genuine interest in local and global problems
  • Encourage problem-solving skills
  • Encourage perseverance
  • Promote collaboration between students and the various members of our school community

What does Service Learning look like at Abroad? (include pics)

Students engage in a number of activities designed to address local issues of global importance. These range from creating signs encouraging mindful water use to organizing a fun run raising money for an organization tackling obesity. While many opportunities for service learning are embedded in the curriculum, Abroad International School – Osaka strives to encourage students to find and research local and global issues that are of personal interest to them. Also, students at Abroad have the opportunity to learn from and work with people from local organizations that are dedicated to make change in their community and the world.

Abroad International School Osaka Middle School