At Bali International School service is an integral part of the school curriculum and is compulsory for all students.
The Primary Years Programme (PYP), Middle Years Programme (MYP) and the IB Diploma Programme (DP) all include an action component.
In the PYP students are encouraged to take action as a result of the learning in the Program of Inquiry (where appropriate).
The MYP has Community and Service as one of the areas of interaction
The DP has Community Action and Service as a requirement of graduation.
In addition to opportunities within the classroom, there are school-sponsored extra curricular opportunities for students to fulfil this portion of their programme.
Service learning at BIS is encompassed into the Global Citizenship Programme (GCP), which aims to develop an understanding of the interconnectedness between individuals, societies, and countries by encouraging students to consider the cultural, environmental, economic and political dimensions of global issues. The GCP involves activities taken in all aspects of school life at BIS: across the different disciplines and year levels, and in curricular and extra-curricular activities.
The programme provides an opportunity for BIS students to be those who solve problems, locally and internationally. Through such involvement students develop the individual life skills that are required of citizens in an ever changing world.
The program has a holistic, interdisciplinary approach to learning and provides an opportunity for students to extend what they learn in the classroom in real life situations through service learning activities.
Some recent successes of student work in this area at BIS include:
- The creation of Taman Bacaan, a community library catering for local children
- Students raising funds that are then used for them to build housing for those in need via the Habitat For Humanity organization.
- Fundraising for, and then the building of a cubang (water storage facility) in East Bali by the Water For Life group
- Fundraising for earthquake survivors in Indonesia
- Providing scholarships for poor children in local schools through the YKIP Kembali initiative
- Teaching local children to play a musical instrument, including fundraising to buy instruments for these children.
- Hosting a ‘Global Issues Seminar’ for local high school students
- BIS COPs – a group that is guiding the school to become carbon neutral
- Teaching young local children how to swim