Discovering Higher Goals
At Taipei American School, we continue to discover the value of finding organizations and causes that connect directly with the values we teach inside the classroom. The resulting service opportunities enlighten students that if they’re going to change the world, they’re going to have to roll up their sleeves.
Classroom learning furthered by direct service and advocacy leads to a deeper understanding of a lifelong commitment to service. This cycle of research, theories, practice, and reflection broadens the knowledge and critical thinking skills needed for social change.
When we say service, what does that really mean?
In 2022-23, our employee service committee distilled three key community definitions of service, service learning, and community service. The following definitions were validated by our entire faculty community in Spring of 2023.
At TAS, service encompasses both service learning and community service.
Service is defined as planned activities (including service learning and community service) that are designed to support student action, build authentic relationships, empathy, and respect while meeting community needs.
Noun; ˈsɜː.vɪs ˈlɝː.nɪŋ
Service learning gives our students real opportunities to connect classroom learning to authentic needs in the community, to take initiative, research, solve problems collaboratively, and reflect, in order to understand and value the impact of service.
Noun; kəˈmjuː.nə.t̬i ˈsɜː.vɪs
Community Service includes activities that meet actual community needs with varying levels of research and reflection integrated into the service experience.