Volunteering, giving back to society, caring for the environment

by Paul Rimmer, PYP & ELP Coordinator and Grade 5 Educator October 20, 2018
Volunteering, giving back to society, caring for the environment

At GEMS World Academy (Singapore) we create unique opportunities for our students to participate in community service projects to develop active, internationally minded, compassionate young people who want to make a difference in the world and evolve as global citizens.

Community service involvement helps students to develop lifelong skills of communication, collaboration, demonstrate an understanding, reflect on the attributes of the International Baccalaureate (IB) learner profile and take action with confidence.

Volunteering supports student development of compassion and understanding. Through community service, the students leave their mark on the global and local community.

In 2018 our Grade 5 students had an exciting camping adventure at Loola Adventure Resort Bintan.

The students had a chance to develop real-world & teamwork skills, showcasing leadership and decision-making through this community involvement programme.

"The camp was an absolutely amazing experience for everyone! We had a lot of fun doing mud trek and kayaking around the mangroves and took part in community service projects. We had to build a safe water garden for a local family near the resort. We had to work as a team and we felt good doing community service for a family living there!"

Showing gratitude and appreciation for others in a meaningful way can have a positive impact on the overall school community.

This is done through appreciation events held within our community such as:

  • Teacher appreciation events run by the GEMS Parent Teacher Community (PTC) committee
  • Our community awareness days including Think Pink, (Breast Cancer Awareness month)
  • Languages and Cultural Week
  • Teachers, students and parents recognizing the attributes of the IB Learner Profile within each other.

Why is this important?

We believe that education must extend beyond the intellectual and result in students doing something with their new knowledge and understanding. We encourage every member of our community, teachers, parents and students, to think about their place in the world, what is happening around them and what they can do to contribute to it.


Paul Rimmer | PYP & ELP Coordinator and Grade 5 Educator


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