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The year 12 Brookhouse International School community service project was undertaken at Illbisil Primary school in Kajiado, Kenya.
It was 9 days of service which was to give us enough time to socialize with the students from Illbisil as well as to complete the six projects that we, as a year group, had set ourselves:
In order to complete these projects many new skills had to be learned, including; painting, pouring concrete, tiling, fitting windows, designing murals, and making furniture. There seemed to more work than people to do it, but with planning and determination, we knew we could achieve our tasks.
Furniture Making taught us all a real lesson as we realized how hard it is to repair the desks and benches we use on a daily basis. This made us reflect on our old ways and how we, as students, often misuse our property because we know it will be repaired by others. Lesson learnt!
The Kajiado Project was the Grand Prize winner of AISA's Outstanding Service Project in 2014/15
The Kajiado Project was the Grand Prize winner of AISA's Outstanding Service Project in 2014/15
Every day we worked from 7:30am until 4:30pm, earlier if you had kitchen duty, then your day began at 6am. Every evening we had time to bond and interact with each other and with the students at Illbisil.
This was more than just a community service project to me, it was more than just nine days of hard work to help improve the school facilities. This trip was life changing.
A major lesson that we leant was to be grateful. When we asked the children of Illbisil why they were at school, many responded that is was, “just to get a meal.” This made us reflect on our own lives and realize that many of our problems are not so serious. I was challenged about how much I complain when I haven’t had the daily struggles of the students in Kajiado.
Working on these projects also made us appreciative of different skills people have, especially ones in manual labor because it’s hard work and in the past we had probably brushed it off as ‘easy.’
The one question I constantly ask myself is how one short project can change the way you view things, the relationships you have with your peers by seeing who they really are outside of that school uniform, and most importantly how you can learn lessons about life that you can’t extract from a textbook?
On arrival, probably everybody wanted to leave for home, but on the 9th day after saying good bye for 4 hours, it seemed like that was our home and departing became the hardest thing for us to do.
AISA is delighted to announce the winner of this year's AISA Service Award for Outstanding Service Project - Teen Girls Organisation (T Go) Career Fair by the International School of Tanganyika (IST).
The T Go Career Fair is a student-initiated project with the intent of inspiring teen Tanzanian girls to pursue non-traditional career paths. Tanzanian girls from a multitude of schools across Dar es Salaam were able to meet and interact with Tanzanian women who have pursued a range of 'unconventional' careers, educating and inspiring young women that following their own dreams and interests is possible
There was a line-up of impressive female professionals at the event, speaking to participants, answering their questions and giving them an insight into their careers. Vicky Ntetema, Anita Urasa Jacqueline Abebe, Miranda Naiman and Sophia Mwasikili, the captain of the female national football team were amongst them. To find out more about the women leaders who presented at T Go see the booklet produced for the event here.
The event was a huge success and will hopefully go on to become an annual event.
2015 T GO Career Fair
Inviting Principals, School Heads, Board Members, Business Managers, Admissions Manager, Counsellors and Middle Leaders to the AISA 2018 Leadership Conference.
Our varied conference programme offers deep learning experiences for everyone in school leadership and for those wanting to grow into senior leadership roles.
Learning with international experts, participants can choose from any of our nine Deep Dives to immerse themselves in specialised institutes and network with peers.
The 2018 ALC has a wide range of leadership topics to explore, learn and apply. Most of our Deep Dives offer 5 hours with one expert facilitator and like-minded leaders to drill down into the depths of an issue or concept to a level where you are able to implement your thinking back at school.
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The Jefferson Overseas Technology Institute (JOSTI) is an annual five-day technology training experience for overseas educators who are interested in “hands-on” training for integrating technology across various grade levels and curriculums. There will also be a special emphasis on virtual learning, highlighting collaborative communities and shared resources.
This annual conference is set to take place from 18th – 22nd June 2018 at the Thomas Jefferson High School for Science and Technology, in Fairfax, Virginia.
JOSTI 2018 offers training in two strands:
• Real Educators Only! (K-12)
• Real Techies Only!
Who: JOSTI is for educators (teachers, administrators, technology staff, librarians) who wish to increase awareness, understanding and use of technology.
The technology training will be open to approximately 100 participants. One participant per school will be given priority; others will be enrolled on a space-available basis.
To apply please send or fax the attached JOSTI Registration 2018.pdf completed form by March 2, 2018 to:
Office of Overseas Schools
U.S. Department of State, Room H 328-SA1
Washington, D.C. 20522-0132
AISA is delighted to announce a new partnership with Independent School Management (ISM) that gives AISA member schools the opportunity to become members of ISM for a greatly reduced fee.
Special AISA member school rates for ISM:
ISM resources are highly regarded, in fact, AISA has incorporated several into our new School Effectiveness Framework. Download your copy here
Inviting AISA Member School Educators & External Consultants
AISA welcomes interest from highly skilled, experienced facilitators who are experts in their field who want to lead learning at our events.
AISA's professional learning programme currently includes an annual conference for educators, a leadership conference and many two-day deep learning institutes. See the website here for details of our current offerings.
If you are interested in facilitating professional learning at one of our events, please complete the application form below to join our consultant pool. Once we have checked the referees you provide, we will consider how we could make use of your expertise in one of our events and also share your details with our member-schools when they ask for facilitators in specific areas of expertise.
We cannot guarantee that by completing this form you will be offered a role in one of our professional learning events but we encourage you to share your details with us so we are aware of all that you have to offer.
Consultant Pool Application Form: Here
Registrations for AISA-GISS 2018 are now open! Register on the website here!
For more information please contact Ana Satzke at International School of Kenya on the official email: email@example.com
All schools benefit from a varied and diverse workforce and all children deserve successful role modles that reflect the richness of humanity.
Women are under-represented in senior leadership positions across the AISA family of schools. We want to change this.
AISA is faciitating a one day symposium that will:
Kim Rayl, American International School of Lagos
Pauline O'Brien, Council of International Schools
Identifying & Realising My Next Leadership Role
Mary Russman, US Department of State
Overcoming External & Internal Obstacles
For more information and to register, see the ALC2018 website here
28th Feb – 2nd March 2018
Don’t miss the CIS Child Protection Foundation Workshop, which has proved enormously popular around the world over the past 12 months. This event comes to Africa for the first time and is the ‘go-to’ event for Child Protection Practitioners this year.
This event is best suited for Senior Leaders, Middle Leaders, School Counsellors, Board Members and anyone involved in their school's accreditation process.
Over the last 20 years, the number of international schools has grown dramatically to support the increased demand of expatriates and diplomats seeking an internationally recognised education for their children. Currently, there are over 8,000 international schools worldwide serving 4.5 million students and employing 420,000 educators. The Atlantic covered the story this summer and found these current numbers are expected to double over the next 10 years.
Risk and Reality host Robert Johnson takes a deep look into the world of international schools through the lens of former teachers, international administrators, and students, who share their experiences studying and working abroad, and some of the cultural challenges, security threats and health risks that come with the territory. Guests include Dr. Peter Bateman, the Executive Director of AISA; Maya Nelson, Principal at Hong Kong International School; Benjamin Marsh is the Principal at Excelsior International School; and several other teachers and administrators.
The Risk and Reality podcast is sponsored by Clements Worldwide.
Listen to the full podcast at the Risk and Reality page: http://riskandreality.libsyn.com/5-what-is-it-like-to-teach-abroad
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