Recently, I had the opportunity to attend the 8th Annual Bangkok ServICE Conference, an experience that brought together students from international schools in Bangkok to exchange and come up with practical ideas towards making a difference in the community. The experience opened up collaborative opportunities between students, who shared their thoughts on each of the 17 Sustainable Development Goals and suggested ways to tackle one global goal at a time. I was able to apply my interest in specific goals including no poverty, quality education, and good health and wellbeing through service learning trips, where I had the opportunity to give back to the local community by visiting the elderly living at the ‘Ruth Center’, a foundation that cares for and aims to improve the quality of living for the elderly. I also got to work alongside children living in the slum area, teaching them basic English conversations as well as doing arts and crafts, which is an effective utilisation of skills learnt from studying the Visual Arts. Throughout the three day experience, students from other schools gave presentations on their accomplishments in and outside of school as a step towards ‘global giving’, whether if it is educating children of local communities, or kick starting a brand with a line of products to support local job opportunities. Overall, I enjoyed being part of this year’s ServICE conference as it has allowed me to connect with other students who are engaged with global issues, collaboratively working together to reverse the problem, first starting from the local level. It has inspired me to think of the relevance of the external community to myself, and turn gaps in the community (no matter education or wellbeing) into opportunities to derive strategies to tackle each problem in relevance to our global goals.