A core value of the Green School is commitment to our Antigua community and, with sustained service projects. we want to learn from and give back to the inspiring people and organizations pushing for a healthier, more equal future for Guatemala. As an international school, our goal is that all of our students graduate as active and reflective global citizens, understanding that their local knowledge and action applies to many different contexts around the world. To ensure that we are honoring this commitment and goal, all students from kindergarten through grade 12 participate in our Community Service Learning Program.
The Green School takes an integrated, cross-curricular approach to service learning. We value the tremendous learning potential that already exists in the interactions with our local communities. We harness this potential through partnerships with community organizations that really know the influences that affect progress. Our students, along with teachers and parent volunteers, collaborate with the organizations and local leaders to develop and implement solutions to real-world challenges. Projects build upon each other and students transfer their knowledge from one year to the next. No longer is service learning just a number of required hours on university applications; Green School students are active changemakers and positive role models for their peers. With reflection activities, curricular highlights, and end-of-year portfolios of demonstrated learning, students build the creative and critical thinking skills essential for future success.
Examples of community service learning projects are:
Anti-bullying with a school for disabled children
Equal access to education with a school serving impoverished populations
Sustainable gardening and healthy development through available organics
Story-telling and learning from history with abandoned elderly
Animal welfare and proper care at a dog shelter
Combating childhood malnutrition with available superfoods
The Green School has partnered with Buena Onda, an Antigua-based network that pairs skilled volunteers with grassroots NGOs around Guatemala. Buena Onda is devoted to strengthening communities through local action and director, Scott Garrison, also has a Master’s degree in education. Buena Onda brings together needed connections in the community with years of experience in experiential learning. You can learn more about Buena Onda here www.buenaondavolunteers.org.