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Service Learning

Raising a new generation of compassionate, engaged change-makers.

Service learning engages students to develop new skills and knowledge through integrated connections to the academic curriculum and opportunities to apply their knowledge in new and purposeful ways. Cathryn Berger Kaye , friend of AISA and author of The Complete Guide to Service Learning, explains service learning this way: “Simply put, service learning connects school-based curriculum with the inherent caring and concern young people have for their world—whether on their school campus, at a local food bank, or in a distant rain forest. The results are memorable, lifelong lessons for students and foster a stronger society for us all.”

The AISA Service Learning Working Group (SLWG), comprised of seven to nine members from AISA full member schools, supports the development of meaningful, authentic service learning programmes throughout the AISA community.

AISA's vision for Service Learning: To connect with AISA schools in order to inspire and support each other as we create a culture of service learning across the region.

Key services provided by the SLWG include:

  • Supporting and coordinating the AISA-Global Issues Service Summit (GISS) conference
  • Devising a programme of Professional Learning Institutes on Service Learning for AISA member schools
  • Developing an open access resources bank of service learning resources
  • Providing consulting services to members the AISA community wishing to establish Service Learning programmes in their school
  • Supporting a network of fellow professionals to facilitate discussion and support for service learning initiatives across the AISA network

For more information please contact the AISA Service Learning Coordinator Tara Barton: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

1Cathryn Berger Kaye, M.A. is the author of The Complete Guide to Service Learning and the leading educational expert of Service Learning worldwide. 

AISA - PLI: Service Learning

The next PLI on Service Learning will be at the AISA AEC2017

Date: 15th - 17th October 2017
Where: The Radisson Blu, Nairobi

See the AEC website for more information.


AISA-GISS is a three-day annual summit hosted by an AISA member school.GISS logo CMYK 300dpi

The summit is designed to bring together a cohort of youth from around the African continent that enables them to share ideas, build relationships, and be empowered as change agents in their schools, communities and the world.

AISA-GISS has become a calendar highlight for many of our AISA member schools as students are awakened to the notion that they can make a difference as they work together to consider and develop solutions for Global Issues.

Go here for more information.



Each year AISA offers a number of awards in an effort to promote and encourage a culture of service learning within the AISA school community. For more information on these awards, see the link below.


NOW Available:

Service Learning Handbook (Pdf)

Coming Soon:

AISA GISS Hosting Guide (Pdf)


Do you play a key role in the professional development of staff at your school? Are you interested in connecting with AISA colleagues to find out how you can develop a strong professional learning programme that meets the needs of your school?

Then make the connection.