Social Engagement at The German International School The Hague
2019-06-10 | By The German International School The Hague
The German International School The Hague (DISDH) places great importance on sending students out into the world with an open mind and an open heart. Students not only need excellent academic skills to embark on their paths after High School, but also a sense of social engagement to ensure their mark in society.
Students from Grade 8 onwards are expected to commit to 15 hours of community work each school year. The tasks and interests are wide but each activity encourages the students to look beyond their own circumstances and develop a sensitivity for others.
Making a difference
For three years, James has been working as a Cub Scout Leader for “Scouting Nederland”. He loved being a Scout and says, “I want to make sure that other children have the opportunity and experience that I did”. By taking on this responsibility, James learns how to deal with children, and is given a chance to use his Dutch skills, stepping out of the expat environment and integrating into Dutch society.
Jessica takes an active role at her church each Sunday, where she supports the religious education teachers working with young children. She loves answering their questions, gaining new and different perspectives from inquisitive young minds. Jessica has improved her organisational skills and the experience is guiding her future career. “I want to help people in life and am even thinking about becoming a teacher.”
Christopher works as a life guard at Scheveningen beach. He has trained and acquired the necessary qualifications and enjoys working in different languages–English, Dutch and German–and says “it’s interesting to work with people of different ages and backgrounds.”
Nico is involved in “Tentakel,” a cultural festival in Rotterdam, helping out at creative workshops for children in less privileged neighbourhoods. The experience has opened his eyes to the difficulties faced by others less fortunate than himself and expanded his view on politics and policy.
Whichever activity the student chooses, they enrich not only the lives of those they are helping but expand their own horizons and learn the importance of volunteering.