"IB learners strive to be caring members of the community who demonstrate a personal commitment to service, and act to make a positive difference to the lives of others and to the environment.​"

(MYP: From Principles into Practice 2014)

The Service as Action Programme: a 3-part process

All MYP students will be actively engaged in the following:​

  1. Understanding the school's commitment to Action and Service –  What is our role? How can we make a difference? Where does this begin?

  2. Involvement through service – becoming actively involved in the various communities and providing a service to them. A specific set of outcomes (per grade) are developed by the school and must be achieved by the student each year. 

  3. Service as action – the school, through it's curriculum, develops opportunities for students to take action directly from what is being learnt in the classroom.

With appropriate guidance and support, MYP students should, through their engagement with service as action: become more aware of their 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.​​​​​​​ 

 ​(MYP: From Principles into Practice 2014)​

Examples of Service as Action:


Another example of a Service as Action project is this video created by students, who wanted to promote the IB's Approaches to Learning (ATL) skills.