On 13 Dec last year 18 ISWA students from years 10-12 set off for Hanoi to start their ten day service trip, a trip that has become an annual feature of ISWA’s calendar. They worked at a school in a village four hours out of Hanoi, constructing low walls to surround the trees in the school yard.
Service lies at the core of our school’s purpose, where students are all urged to “make a positive difference in the world”. They make this difference not by waiting for others to take the initiative, but by taking up the challenge and giving up some of their time to learn about the experience of others who have so little in comparison. The smallest act of service can really make a difference.
The trip really opened the eyes of our students to the Vietnamese people and their culture, enabling them to experience and support a local community as well as learning more about themselves and how to work together in a group.
ISWA has now carried out a service trip to three countries in the region – Thailand, Cambodia and Vietnam. We are waiting to confirm that our trip this year will be to Laos