Global Citizenship Programs
“ISS does a great job of keeping the students engaged. The big-picture thinking and aware of global issues is exciting for the students and parents” ISS Family Survey 2015
ISS offers a number of different extra-curricular global citizenship and character-building opportunities including Model United Nations, the International Award, Habitat for Humanity and service trips to Pune in India and to South Africa. Students have also attended the Global Issues Network Conference.
The International Award is known as “das Jugendprogramm” in Germany or the ‘Duke of Edinburgh’ award in the UK, and over 7 million young people have participated worldwide. The Award program is closely aligned with our school’s mission and can be viewed as a partner to the IB programs offered at ISS.
The Award program is available to students from the age of 14 years and designed to challenge personal development in the areas of service, skill, and physical recreation. The students also plan and take part in expeditions after having received training in first aid, orienteering and camping skills. The program leads to three award levels (bronze, silver and gold), which demand an increasing degree of commitment and competence in all sections. We are proud to have an enthusiastic team of teachers, parents and student award holders who look forward to supervise many more of our students taking the challenge.
One student described her International Award experience as follows: “It was a wonderful experience to cope with nature, cooperate with team members and, most importantly of all, it helped me overcome my fear of insects!”
MUNISS is the Model United Nations (MUN) conference hosted annually by ISS. In Model United Nations students have the opportunity to take part in a conference that mirrors the United Nations (UN), debating current issues with students from other schools around the world and learning about the way the UN works and about political systems and political problems worldwide. Each student is assigned a country to represent. They research that country’s political system and attitudes in order to be able to present and defend their case and persuade other delegates to vote with them.
As one student expresses it: “MUN taught me to look at issues from different points of view and is a great opportunity to practice research skills, speaking and presentation skills. I think MUN’s main aim is to open students’ eyes to both the political world and their own personal abilities.”
Details of MUNISS 2016 are now online.
Habitat For Humanity offers High School students a magnificent opportunity to help those less fortunate than themselves. Along with 5 chaperones (including the Team Leader) around 20 students are chosen to aid in building a house in Romania. Students are chosen for this project on the basis of recommendation letters written by their teachers, as well as through a personal statement that is crafted by each student. In this statement, the student reveals his/her reasons for wanting to join this group along with a description of possible contributions to the group as a whole. HFH at ISS continues to inspire students to be a part of positive global change.
The service trip to Pune, India, works in conjunction with the Mercedes Benz International School (MBIS), another IB World School. Our students travel to Pune to work and support disabled children, especially with cerebral palsy, at the Catholic boarding school, Snehalaya. ISS students work directly in the classrooms with the students under the Snehalaya teachers’ supervision.
The service trip to South Africa is run in conjunction with JAM (Joint Aid Management) an NGO that focuses on “helping Africa help itself.” JAM’s focus is on education, nutrition/food and water. The organization goes into schools and kindergartens and provide a meal a day for the children there. By going to school, the children get a meal and education so that they will have the tools to help themselves in the future.
The ISS student group helps in the building and renovating of a new kindergarten in a township outside of Johannesburg. They will help provide facilities for a better living standard and provide the school with teaching materials and toys. Specific jobs include laying foundations, painting buildings and fences, planting and installing playground equipment.