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Secondary Campus Community Service

The significance of community integral to the educational ethos of the British International School, HCMC with a strong emphasis being placed on developing service learning opportunities that encourage students to be conscious and active members of their community.  The Community Service Programme has over 40 projects spanning the entire student population of the school from our youngest children in the Foundation Stages to senior students in Year 13 (ages 2-18 years), integrating a range of planned community service activities throughout the curriculum.

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The Community Service profile at our Secondary campus gains new momentum every term. Students are very proactive at planning experiences when visiting our partner schools as they prepare engaging and fun activities for children at Thao Dien Disabled School as well as teaching English at Huynh Van Ngoi Primary School. Our sustainability clubs work to continually improve the sustainability practices of our school and raise awareness of global issues, whilst students in other service projects lead campaigns to promote cancer awareness and support the children's oncology ward at a local hospital. Both the BIS students and the teachers make a point of going out into the local community to make a difference to the lives of others. In addition, the Student Leadership clubs which are led by the senior students enrich the primary CCA programme by providing arts & craft activities to the younger BIS students on the Junior and Early Years Campuses. This fantastic outreach to the BIS school community allows students to exercise their leadership skills through mentorship, creativity, responsibility and collaboration.


In Curriculum - Seceondary Campus

Year Group

Project Name

Community Partner or Organisation

Project Brief

Year 7

BIS Environmental Design Project


Creative task-orientated activity based predominantly on ways in which the school environment could become more environmentally friendly.

Year 8

Community Partner English Advertising Campaign


Community Partners are invited to present information about their organisation and its overall vision in order to equip students to more effectively raise awareness of the issues.  The students then create and develop an awareness and fundraising campaign for the partners which involves making posters, writing speeches and designing social media templates. The aim is for students to also develop empathy and social responsibility through this process.

Year 9

Shoestring Science Lesson Exchanges

Trần Quốc Toản Secondary Government School

One hundred students from both schools are involved in preparing Science lessons, including all resources, which they then present in reciprocal lessons hosted at each of the schools.

Community Committee The Mai Tam Party Mai Tam House of Hope Students learn about HIV/AIDs through engagement with the children and caretakers of the Mai Tam House of Hope, organising an annual party for the children.

 Year 12

Project Aware

Project Aware

Student-led committees volunteering: raising awareness and funds for projects to reduce marine debris and stop shark finning. This project is linked to the Year 12 diving expedition to the Philippines.

Loreto Vietnam

Loreto Vietnam

Student-led committees volunteering: raising awareness and funds for education development projects in the provinces of Vietnam.

Heartbeat Foundation

VinaCapital Foundation

Student-led committees volunteering: raising awareness and funds for operations for children with heart defects.

Operation Smile

Operation Smile

Student-led committees volunteering: raising awareness and funds for children with cleft palates.

KonTum, Vietnam

Poussieres de Vie – Kon Tum

Student-led committees volunteering: raising awareness and funds for the orphanages as well as other projects managed by  Poussieres de Vie.

Blue Dragon Children’s Foundation Blue Dragon Children’s Foundation Student-led committees volunteering: raising awareness and funds for this organisation which has been rescuing survivors of human trafficking since 2005 and providing care to Vietnamese children and families in crisis.
Breast Cancer Network Vietnam Breast Cancer Network Vietnam Student-led committees volunteering: raising awareness of breast cancer.

Community Service Focused Co-Curricular Activities and Events

Club/Event Name

Community Partner

Club Description

Teaching English at Huynh Van Ngoi Primary School

Huynh Van Ngoi Government School

A rewarding and fun opportunity to work as a group teaching English to students at a local school. The students are aged 7-9 and full of enthusiasm and energy.  Years 10-13.

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Ky Quang Pagoda Orphanage

This is a student-led club for students who are interested in learning how to make jewellery.  The objective is to sell the jewellery made in order to raise funds for the Ky Quang Pagoda Orphanage. Years 9-13.

Children’s Cancer Ward Visits         

Thuy’s Dream Foundation

Weekly visits to the cancer wards to play with and engage in activities with the children who are patients of the HCMC Cancer Hospital in Binh Thanh District. Years 10-13.

Thien Phuoc Helping Hands         

Thien Phuoc Foster  Home for Children with Disabilities       

Bi-weekly visits to the children at Thien Phuoc Foster Home. Secondary students join their younger peers from the Junior Campus on the visits to play and have fun with the children at the centre. Activities are fun and simple – starting from just smiling and hugging through to anything from drawing and music to playing in the soft playroom BIS previously donated. Years 10 - 13.

Computing Skills for Community Children

Binh Trieu Development Centre

A basic computing skills workshop which is offered to students from Binh Trieu Development Centre on a weekly basis.  BIS students help create activities for younger students who have had limited exposure to technology. Years 9-13.


Thao Dien Disabled School Visits 

Thao Dien Disabled School

Weekly visits to Thao Dien Disabled School where BIS students create educational activities and games for the children with lots of interactive learning. Years 12-13.

Binh Trieu Swimming Club

Binh Trieu Development Centre

Secondary students provide swimming lessons to a group of children from Binh Trieu Development Centre each week. Years 10-13

Thao Dien Disabled School Visits  

Thao Dien Disabled School

Weekly visits with games and interactive learning. Year 7-13

Project Impact


A non-profit student volunteer group where students are given an opportunity to get creative and BIS Community Partners by raising awareness and funds. Year 12 .

ACT – Act to Change Together

Thuy’s Dreams/Children’s Cancer Wards

Weekly creative club where students design and make things for children at the cancer wards as well as campaigning and raising funds to support with treatment. Years 9-13.

Community Football Tournament 

BIS Community Partners

A football tournament held annually in Term 2 for our Community Partners and students from all three Campuses. Years 5 - 6

Secondary students participate as coaches, referees and in various other leadership roles. Years 12-13.


Sustainability Focused Co-Curricular Activities and Events
Club/Event Name Community Partner Club/Event Description 
CLEANUP D2 N/A This student led club has activities based on planning community clean ups, doing the clean ups, raising awareness about recycling/littering and being involved in recycling activities. Years 7-13.
Global Issues Network (GIN) Council N/A Students plan and coordinate the annual East Asia GIN Conference which aims to empower young people to collaborate locally, regionally and globally to create project based sustainable shared global solutions to today’s issues such as water shortages, climate change, infectious diseases, poverty and illiteracy. Years 9-13.
Action for Animals Animal Rescue Centre A.R.C (Animal Rescue Centre) rescues neglected, unwanted and abandoned animals.  It is an organisation solely run by volunteers dedicated to rescuing cats and dogs in need, providing necessary medical treatment, vaccinations, neutering etc. before rehoming them.  The students work in tandem with them to raise awareness of the needs. Years 9-11.
Global Goals Project N/A The Global Goals team is responsible for raising awareness of and taking action towards the Sustainable Development Goals which the UN hopes to meet by 2030.  Students develop their leadership and project management skills by planning events, running campaigns and working together to develop the schools Global Challenge Action Plan. Years 7-13.
Uniform Upcycling All With a focus on reducing waste, students re-purpose old school uniforms which are then donated to various community partners.
GreenR Minds Huynh Van Ngoi Primary School GreenR Minds is a student-led activity run by students who enjoy the challenge of looking for solutions to climate change and other environmental issues in our community, and to then put their ideas into action.  Ongoing projects include the promotion of the e-waste disposal system, establishing recycling bins and tackling the issue of plastic waste through interactions with a local school.  This service activity also aims to enrich the education of students from a local school by running termly projects that allows visiting students to experience the exciting resources available at BIS and builds leadership skills amongst BIS students who head up small learning teams. Years 7-13.