Service as Action

Every school around the world that teaches the Middle Years Programme (MYP) expects its students to become involved with their communities – an involvement that benefits both parties.

What is Service as Action?

Action is learning by doing and experiencing. Service is part of action and it is where IB learners strive to be caring members of the local and global community, by demonstrating personal commitment to services that make a difference to the lives of others and the environment.

Action will be different from student to student and from context to context. It will teach students to:

  • feel empathy towards others
  • make small-scale changes to behaviour
  • undertake larger and more significant projects
  • act on own
  • act collaboratively
  • take physical action
  • suggest modifications to an existing system to the benefit of all involved
  • persuade people in more influential positions to act

Service for and with others

Service activities go beyond doing for others. These activities engage students with others in a shared commitment towards the common good. Meaningful service requires the understanding of a central issue, such as poverty, literacy or pollution; and the issue proves the need for the service. Additionally, meaningful service involves interactions with others, which establishes students’ understanding of the rights and respect of everyone involved. This develops the students’ ability to have open, clear, and collaborative communication with the community and/or individuals concerned.

With appropriate guidance and support, students will:

  • become more aware of own strengths and areas for growth
  • undertake challenges that develop new skills
  • discuss, evaluate and plan student-initiated activities
  • persevere in action
  • work collaboratively with others
  • develop international-mindedness through global engagement, multilingualism and intercultural understanding
  • consider the ethical implications of their actions.