Students and staff participate in the international service program which immerses Southridge students in developing world cultures to help them genuinely appreciate their responsibilities as global citizens and learn more about how similar – and interdependent -- we all are. Each year, our senior students have the opportunity to visit our sister communities in India, Ecuador, and Kenya in annual service trips that directly involve them in developing world communities.
The trips provide our students the opportunity to help support community service projects, while developing their leadership and social action skills. These experiences become transformational because our students learn as much from those they are “helping” as they do from the helping itself. Fundraising, goal setting, as well as language and cultural training allow our students to take on personal responsibility for their trip. We believe these types of international experiences act as catalysts in our students’ lives and lead to lifelong commitments to service and a truer comprehension of our global community.
In addition to the international trips, students have developed other service initiatives, including:
- TREK (Teens Running For Every Kid) in association with Free The Children, has raised funds to build schools in developing countries such as Ecuador, Sierra Leone and Kenya.
- The Haiti Club supports an orphanage in that country.
Whatever careers our students pursue in business, medicine, law, academia, or the arts, we believe their exposure to and involvement in international service will influence their future decision and reflect the values of community and contribution nurtured at Southridge. First hand experience and interaction with fellow global citizens is the best way to feel the reality of our membership in the global village.