"ISS does a great job of keeping the students engaged. The big-picture thinking and awareness of global issues is exciting for the students and parents." ISS Family Survey 2015
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 is 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 supervising 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 2017 are now online.
Habitat for Humanity offers High School students a magnificent opportunity to help those less fortunate than themselves. Along with teacher chaperones, approximately 20 students are chosen to aid in building a house in Macedonia. 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. Habitat For Humanity 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 the Catholic Boarding School, Snehalaya, to work with and support disabled children, especially those with cerebral palsy. ISS students work directly in the classrooms with the students under the Snehalaya teachers' supervision.
KIVA is a non-profit micro-financing organization whose mission is to connect people through lending to alleviate poverty. In October 2015, a number of interested and committed Grade 11 Business Management and Geography students came together and founded the International School of Stuttgart KIVA Lending Team. In their first year of operation, students were able to raise over $10,000 in micro-finance loans. In total, this amounted to 385 loans made in a total of 44 countries. The sectors that students chose to support were mainly agriculture, clothing and retail.
ISS Geography students have been collecting "pfand" bottles since 2010 in an effort to help alleviate the effects of poverty on school children in Zimbabwe. The funds are used to help the children at the Chinhoyi primary school pay their school fees and receive a nutritious meal.
Each year, from January until March, the Leonhardskirche in the centre of Stuttgart opens its doors to the homeless and less fortunate. Students and staff volunteer on Saturdays and Sundays, where they are put to work making many sandwiches and serving food.
Here is what one student had to say: “Although I had to clean unwanted leftovers from used plates, I didn’t really have a problem with the job, because I liked the position that I was put into: I was the one, who received something from homeless people that they didn’t want and need anymore. Many homeless people are usually sitting on the street and are reliant on pedestrians tossing their copper coins into their little cups. The big money goes to the stores and is spent on pleasure and enjoyment of the ones who have enough. All that the homeless people get is what is left over from shopping sprees and purchases of big meals and expensive goods. The sides were switched in the situation that I was put into, when I was the one receiving the leftovers from their enjoyment.”
Since autumn 2016 the school has run a monthly International Café, hosting refugee families from 2 local refugee centres. The International Café offers staff, students and their families an opportunity to get to know the refugees living within our local community. During the Café, adults have the opportunity to sit and chat over coffee and cake, while children are entertained with games led by senior students and other volunteers.