Our Global Experiential Learning Project (GEx), which at its core includes a ‘service learning week’, is an important part of our Middle School curriculum. This initiative enables students to expand their educational experiences, further develop their real-world skills, and engage in meaningful and impactful service learning experiences.
Participation in the GEx Project and ‘service learning week’ is a requirement for all G9 students. The guide linked here outlines the various local and global options available to them.
Grade 7 & 8 students have the option to travel to Thailand where they support the Maekok River Village Resort Community Project in Chiang Mai Province to help address the needs of poorly funded schools in need of assistance.
Our Grade 10-12 students also have the incredible opportunity to become involved with the Himalayan Health Project in Ladakh, India. This project involves helping teams of Ophthalmologists, Dentists, Cardiologists and GPs at a medical clinic set up on the beautiful grounds of Lamdon Buddhist School in the town of Leh, supporting villagers brought down from the remote high altitude villages in the surrounding Himalayan area. Read about the experience from the perspective on three students.
You can also watch this video with highlights from the trip and interviews with participants:
Students also explore the stunning geography of the area and are allowed access to the stunning monasteries that offer meditative workshops for students with Mahayana monks.
Through the GEx programmes and Ladakh experience, we are able to nurture and teach a range of intercultural, leadership and entrepreneurial skills, which will impact students for the rest of their lives. As well, pre- and post-experience project activities allow students to demonstrate initiative, take ownership and showcase their learning.