Service is a fundamental part of school life and a core element of the IB program. Service learning combines community service with teaching and reflection to enrich students' learning experience, while encouraging civic awareness. At St. Stephen’s, service learning takes students to various locations throughout Italy, and to Eastern Europe, Asia, and Africa.

The program emphasizes:

  • the practical applications of students’ studies;
  • how to address the complexities of the modern world constructively;
  • a greater understanding of the importance of values and the need for culture and community;
  • an interest in students to be responsible and contributing members of the larger world community, as well as understand their role in it.

We offer summer service learning trips to Lithuania, Rwanda, and Sri Lanka. Students who participate in the programs spend part of the summer teaching subjects such as English and math to children at local schools and orphanages, and working within the community. It is important that students understand what their contribution can bring to a project and more specifically, to the lives of others.


Learning beyond the classroom also requires students to be involved in community-based fundraising for annual service trips, as well as local service activities, which include school-based events that raise awareness of global issues, and promote cultural understanding.

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