Senior School Leadership: Service

Four common themes and areas of support have developed at SMUS.

  • Health issues, such as cancer and AIDS prevention and awareness
  • Local issues, especially disadvantaged individuals or groups
  • Regional/international issues, such as poverty, war, gender rights, etc.
  • Student-selected service initiatives and individual volunteer work

Although broad in scope, these themes provide a framework for service at our three campuses. Wherever possible, we look for opportunities to provide direct service to individuals or organizations within these themes.

Service Events

There are several service events at all three schools that involve the entire student body. Our Middle School raises funds for the World Partnership Walk through a basketball game, the Senior School hosts Keep the Beat, a music festival in support of War Child Canada, and the Junior School runs a food drive for local families in need. Students can get involved directly with these events by volunteering their time, or support the initiatives by buying tickets or goods that will raise fund for various causes. 

Service Days

All the schools have service days, where students can donate a few dollars to an important cause and, in exchange, they get to take a day off from wearing their uniforms. Part of service days is educating students about the organization or issue they are supporting. At the Middle and Senior Schools, student councils help decide which charities will be supported by the SMUS student body.

Class in Ghana

They say that once you go to Africa, you are changed forever. I completely agree. This spring break I had the opportunity to discover life in the African country of Ghana. I can honestly say that it was the best experience of my life. I changed in so many ways that I am still unsure how to express it with words...

Read more about Kaylynn's service trip to Ghana.

Service Trips

Our service trips take students to some of the poorest regions of the world. There, they work with local people and non-profit organizations building infrastructure, such as schools and orphanages. Students also often bring donations to the places they visit, helping fill libraries and providing toys for children. Service trips provide a lasting legacy. By experiencing the conditions of poverty, students gain a lifelong desire to improve the lives of others.

Dominican Republic

Students travel to the “Hope of the Child” orphanage in Monte Cristi, Dominican Republic. A typical day at the orphanage involves some jobs or projects, but most of the time students help with the children, playing games or tutoring them. In addition, students can teach English, either in the local public school or at the English Institute run by Orphanage Outreach for the local children.

Kenya 

In a rural township in Kenya, students work on building schools. Students work with local people and Free The Children leaders to ensure the success of the project. Tasks are physically and emotionally demanding. Activities might include working with local children and youth, assisting with community projects, helping at a rehabilitation center, or other meaningful assignments.

India

Students visit Udaipur, India through Free The Children to complete intensive leadership training, analyze complex social issue like poverty and child labour, and think critically about how they affect India and Asia as a whole. The trip involves school-building in a rural area, working in the Mother Theresa orphanages, and a reflection/spiritual retreat. Students are empowered to think critically about the challenges facing India today.