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School Support

AISA offers a number of other services that member schools may wish to access from time to time, these school support services include:

Visiting Author Programme

The AISA Visiting Author programme is a very practical way in which schools can work collaboratively to implement a programme that will be of benefit collectively as well as for each individual school.  Due to the high cost of international travel to Africa, for many schools in the AISA region bringing out an international author is prohibitively high. The Visiting Author Programme enables schools within a sub-region of Africa to jointly engage an author that will spend up to a week in each school, working with students and teachers to share stories and experiences as well as run training sessions for teachers and librarians. AISA provides funding to the schools which significantly reduces the travel cost burden on each school, ensuring that our students still receive the benefits and inspiration that these author visits provide. 

We believe such experiences enhance our library and literacy curriculum by helping to develop our students’ writing skills as well as their appreciation of literature. The excitement and inspiration that result from these visits are difficult to measure, but they are certainly evident.

Barbara Jones, ISK librarian

Visiting Author Programme Details

AISA coordinates this programme whose objective is to provide a vibrant, engaging learning experience for the whole school community; students, parents and teachers.

  • Participating schools must be AISA Full Member Schools with current membership;
  • AISA pays round-trip airfare for the author from their home to each participating school;
  • AISA pays for visas and other costs related to travel;
  • Each host school will negotiate and pay professional fees directly to the author;
  • Each host school pays for all on-site expenses including the author’s accommodation, local transport etc;
  • Each host school pays AISA US$825 as a participation fee. There should be no less than three schools per visit (or if fewer schools are involved, the participating schools will be required to pay the equivalent of three schools’ participation fees i.e. $2,475).

For more information on how your school could benefit from the visiting author programme contact This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or complete the AISA Visiting Author Planning Template.

Are you an Author?

If you are an author and wish to visit international schools in Africa to share your stories AISA can assist in arranging your visitation if you meet the following criteria:-

  • You have published books for an international school audience at any level i.e. KG, ES, MS, HS
  • You have presented workshops and/or institutes for librarians or teachers on various methods of teaching and learning using story telling, narration, etc
  • You are conversant with needs of the international schools and especially third culture education
  • You have an articulate training programme that you would like to offer to AISA Schools?

If so, then submit your resume and training programme for consideration by AISA and its member schools. Take note that your submission does not imply that you will definitely be included in the consultant pool. Submissions should be sent to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

School Exchange Programme

The AISA School Exchange Programme provides support for two schools wishing to collaborate, share specialist expertise and exchange learning’s. The programme sponsors the round trip transport costs (air/overland ticket) for a visiting leader, administrator or teacher from one AISA member school to travel to another, thereby fostering greater collaboration and joint-learning within our community. 

School Exchange Programme Details:

  • Participating schools must be AISA Full Member schools with current membership;
  • The Originating School agrees to send an administrator / teacher to the Host School for the purposes of either (i) providing training and/or sharing expertise with the faculty of the host school; or (ii) gaining expertise and training from faculty of the host school with a view of implementing the newly acquired skills in the originating school as well as cascade the skills to other administrators/teachers;
  • An itinerary should be agreed between the originating and host school;
  • The Host School and/or Originating School agrees to provide accommodation, daily subsistence, airport transfers and ground transportation to the visiting administrator / teacher;
  • The Originating School will seek (if need be) a replacement or substitute person (and meet the costs) to cover the functions of the visiting person;
  • The visiting administrator / teacher does NOT charge any professional fees for the visit;
  • The visiting administrator / teacher will provide a narrative report (including any photos that can be used for publications and on the website) to AISA on the visit within 14 days of completion of the visit.

If you wish to participate in this programme, first identify the visiting administrator / teacher and ensure that the originating and host schools have agreed to the exchange visit. Either of the schools will then have to formally write to AISA requesting sponsorship through the School Exchange Programme.

For more information on how your school could benefit from the School Exchange Programme, contact This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or complete the AISA School Support Request Form

Traumatic Incident Management Support Programme

All AISA member schools work hard to ensure that they provide a safe, nurturing environment for their students. However, from time to time, there are incidents that occur within the locale of our schools that are outside of the schools control, but which can adversely affect our school communities. Traumatic incidents in AISA schools can be broadly defined as events that:

  • cause sudden and/or significant disruption to the operation or effective operation of a school and/or community
  • have the potential to affect a large number of children, young people and/or staff
  • create significant dangers or risks to the physical and emotional well-being of children, young people or persons within a community
  • attract media attention or a public profile for the school as a result of these incidents.

(Examples of traumatic incidents may include; terrorist attack, coup d’etat, civil unrest, war, communicable disease outbreak, natural disaster).

AISA is available to work closely with the impacted school(s) to manage the incident and to reduce the possibility of further harm by assisting the school to continue its day-to-day operations, providing counselling support and training opportunities for staff to develop a school-based Traumatic Incident Plan.

Ideally schools should develop a Traumatic Incident Plan before an incident occurs. Through its network of traumatic incident consultants AISA can assist schools with the preparation of policies and traumatic incident planning. AISA can also provide access to funds to have counsellors travel to schools where incidents have occurred in order to offer counselling to children, staff and parents.

AISA will take the following steps to support schools in the development of a school-based Traumatic Incident Plan.

  1. AISA will run regular Traumatic Incident Response Plan workshops to enhance the capacity of schools to develop Traumatic Incident Response Plans and Teams.
  2. AISA will encourage the regular review of the Traumatic Incident Response Plan by staff who have been designated as part of the traumatic incidence response team at the school.
  3. AISA will encourage schools to ensure all staff are familiar with the response action plan and know what to do in the event of a traumatic incident.

Download AISA Protocol for Accessing Counseling Support & Trauma Funds

Consultant Pool Programme

The AISA Consultant Pool Programme provides advisory, logistical and financial support to member schools requiring on-site consultant services to meet their school improvement plans. AISA maintains a pool of vetted, high calibre consultants able to deliver targeted professional development or management consultancy services that will meet the specific needs of the participating schools. Schools that have utilised this service in the past have included governance training, curriculum development, early childhood training, guidance and testing, ESL, board training, music, to name just a few.

The Consultant Pool Programme Details:

The programme involves several schools teaming up with AISA to jointly select and invite a consultant to visit each participating school for 2-5 days.

  • Participating schools must be AISA Full Member schools with current membership;
  • AISA pays round-trip airfare for the consultant to each participating school including visas and other costs related to travel;
  • The host schools will negotiate and pay professional fees directly to the consultant;
  • The host schools pays for all on-site expenses including the consultant’s accommodation, local transport etc;

For consultants living outside Africa: Each host school pays AISA US$825 as a participation fee. There should be no less than three schools per consultant (or if fewer schools are involved, the participating schools will be required to jointly pay the equivalent of three schools’ participation fees i.e. $2,475).

For consultants living inside Africa: Each host school pays AISA US$500 as a participation fee. There should be no less than three schools per consultant (or if fewer schools are involved, the participating schools will be required to jointly pay the equivalent of three schools’ participation fees i.e. $1500).

For more information on how your school could benefit from the Consultant Pool Programme contact This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or complete the AISA School Support Request Form

For more information on how to access these services contact This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or complete the AISA School Support Request Form