The Service Learning Programme at UNIS Hanoi is central to our Mission and Guiding Principles and is firmly embedded in both Curricular and Co-Curricular activities from Elementary through High School.
There are scores of opportunities for our students of all ages to become more closely involved with the Vietnamese community from fundraising events to teaching English to organising activities for children at orphanages and with aid organisations. Service also extends into a student's school and personal life. It is about looking outside yourself and giving to others which brings its own learning and intrinsic rewards. This is a service learning programme which benefits our own children as much as the people with which they are involved and is a learning experience for all.
Service Learning programmes are a philanthropic focus for the School and the Birthday Gift Fund, established as our gift back to our host nation, has been funding a number of projects for years.
As an IB World School all of our students have opportunities to connect to service projects. As our students progress through our programmes they are given increasing levels of responsibility to take effective community action within their service projects and connections.
Within the IB PYP Programme
In Elementary School our students experience service projects as action connected to their units of inquiry. All elementary student are also involved in Service Learning with events such as the Blue Dragon Children’s Foundation Walk-a-thon and Tet Bags/Bags of Love Appeal. We also support classroom service projects through curriculum units of inquiry.
Within the IB MYP Programme
Our 6-10 MYP students will engage in service projects connected to their grade level themes. Each grade level focuses on specific service needs connected to one or more UN Sustainable Development Goals to develop student initiated projects that will make an impact in the community. Projects are developed within dedicated service learning meetings and within relevant subject areas.
Within the IB Diploma Programme
Our Grade 11 and 12 students are given the opportunity to form teams and take on the leadership of one of our service programmes over the course of their IB Diploma. They can take an existing project to the next level or develop a new project or partnership.
New Projects our G11 and G12 students started in 2017-2018
Learners for Learners
Learners for Learners was started by a group of our current Grade 12 students last year. The premise for this group is simple - provide fun and interactive language and communication classes for the children of local UNIS Hanoi staff.
A Slice of Hanoi - Cooking for our Community
Initiated by a current Grade 11 student as an idea leading from his MYP Personal Project A Slice of Hanoi aims to bring people together through cooking. The group will run Vietnamese cooking classes and sell local delicacies at community events. The group will then use profits from these activities to fund visits to some our SL partners including the Huong La Centre for children with special needs where the group will cook high quality nutritious meals.
Hanoi Youth Leadership Network
The goal of this group is to develop a network to bring students together from local and international schools in Hanoi. The network will support community action with a focus on social entrepreneurship and student initiated philanthropy.
Please see our 2019-2020 MS/HS Service Learning Brochure for full details of our projects for this year.
Service Learning Vision Statement
By addressing real and authentic community needs, the Service Learning programme at UNIS Hanoi aims to provide opportunities for our students as individuals, and as part of the UNIS Hanoi community, to gain a deeper understanding of themselves, their community and their world.
Our Service Learning programme aims to provide opportunities for our students to develop the knowledge, skills and outlooks required to play their part in creating a fair, inclusive and cohesive society and to encourage them to drive and inspire sustainable change.