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. In the MYP this programme is called Service as Action, whereas in the DP, Creativity, Activity and Service is part of the core component.

What is Service as Action?

  • Service as Action is a requirement of the MYP programme.
  • Service as Action means taking part in activities which benefit others.
  • Activities should benefit individuals or a community.
  • Activities can take place in or out of school.
  • Activities can be done individually or as group.
  • Student should reflect upon activities and show evidence of their participation

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.

For more information, please view the MYP Service as Action guide.