It was in 2015 while working at Concordia International School Hanoi that I started to develop an understanding of the power of service learning in schools. It was here that I attended a Service Learning workshop which focused on discussing and learning how to successfully integrate service learning in the curriculum. The key note speaker Dr. Marty Schmidt, who worked to develop a comprehensive service learning program at HKIS was supported by HKIS humanities teacher and service learning educator, Mike Kersten (see their TedxHongKongEd talk here). The workshop focused on stages of service learning, shared experiences in service learning, building a culture of Service Learning in the curriculum, and effectively engaging students and serving communities. Local NGO’s from Hanoi, Vietnam also joined the lineup to talk about responsible and sustainable volunteering and thinking critically about service.
Since then, I have moved on from Concordia to work at the Green School in Bali at which I have worked to embed and implement a service learning approach to my curriculum and projects. You can find some service based learning projects I have worked on when you hover over the “Service Learning” header above.