Outreach and Service Learning
At ASHK, we understand the importance of creating learning opportunities that extend beyond the classroom walls. These experiences allow our students to embrace different and diverse communities - both near and far - so that they may better understand their responsibility as global citizens.
During ASHK’s Week Without Walls, students participate in international experiences and explore different cultures as part of an overall service learning program. In 2017, the students in grades 6 and 7 completed two service learning projects in Rangalau Lama village, a rural village in Malaysia that was in need of support. In 2018, the students in grades 6, 7, and 8 completed a service project at a village school in the Maekok River Valley in Thailand. These opportunities provide our students with a better understanding of the diverse needs around the world and empowers them to make a difference!
While these bigger service experiences are designed for our older students, our school-wide holistic approach to teaching and learning includes a promotion of social responsibility from an early age by introducing community-based projects that develop our students’ sense of responsibility and concern for others. For example, the Box of Hope initiative provides our students with an opportunity to collect needed items for underprivileged children in Hong Kong and Asia. Items such as household goods, toys, clothes, and small electrical items have also been collected by our students for the Crossroads Foundation. Annually, our faculty, students, and staff come together to participate, as a team, in the Terry Fox Foundation Run in Hong Kong. Our monthly dress down days are used to bring awareness and raise funds for needed charities to include Terry Fox Foundation, Mother’s Choice, Crossroads Foundation, David Sheldrick Wildlife, Cancer Research, the Elephant Nature Park in Thailand, and the Refugee Center to name just a few.
We understand that all of these experiences encourage our students to be internationally minded. Through these experiences outside of the classroom, in addition to inside classroom program conversations, we can help our students embrace and respect differences and learn of ways that they can support people and places around the world!