Service as Action

valentines logoService as Action is a fundamental goal of the IB Curriculum in relation to its goal of educating the whole person and its mission to develop inquiring, knowledgeable and caring young people who help to create a better and more peaceful world.

This essential component allows students to extend their learning outside the classroom walls and develop life-long skills for global citizenship. You can see how Service as Action fits into the Middle Years Programme in the IB model below.

While each year level does have specific requirements for students to meet,
the philosophy behind Service as Action is just as important.
Service Actions should be more than just checking boxes and meeting requirements, it should be meaningful.

Service activities should evolve around engaging with others in a shared commitment towards the common good. Meaningful service requires understanding of an underlying issue such as poverty, literacy or pollution, and authenticating the need for this service. Meaningful service includes interaction, such as building relations with individuals or groups in the community.


(MYP: Principles into Practice 2014) 

There are 7 learning outcomes for Service as Action:

  1. Increase awareness of your own strengths and areas for growth
  2. Undertake challenges that develop new skills
  3. Initiate, discuss, plan and evaluate activities
  4. Persevere in action and commitment
  5. Work collaboratively with others
  6. Develop international mindedness through global engagement, multilingualism and intercultural understanding
  7. Consider the ethical implications of your actions​


  • First Lego League: Volunteering as an ISB in-house judge
  • First Lego League: Volunteering at the Billund in-house competition
  • Christmas parade: Usually run by Erin Surace
  • Volunteering with school events, such as Halloween or Fastelavn
  • UN day: Help set up booths
  • Capital of Children (COC) often have annual  activities such as Kids Take Over and Children’s General Assembly where they need volunteers. You can find their contact info on their website.