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Service Learning at NIST

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Service Learning at NIST

Service at NIST is not simply an activity. It represents the heart of our learning and is woven into the curriculum across all levels. We believe that service acts as the catalyst for all of our community members, empowering them to transform their learning into meaningful actions that create a positive impact for others.

I slept and dreamt that life was joy. I awoke and saw that life was service. I acted and behold, service was joy.

Rabindranath Tagore

Unlike traditional conceptions of community service, our programme is not driven by teachers or designed to simply check a box for a certain number of hours. Both in classroom learning and through other opportunities, NIST students engage with local and global issues, reflecting on differing perspectives and ideas that could contribute to solutions. They take the initiative in forming service groups and social enterprises aligned to the UN Sustainable Development Goals, and implement needs analysis models as they work alongside communities to understand their contexts, their challenges and their aspirations.

Through this approach we have developed sustained relationships that have lasted through many years and several generations of NIST students. From partnerships with coffee farmers in Omgoi and rice farmers in Roi Et to initiatives that have eliminated single-use plastics and supported children living with HIV, our students have pioneered purposeful and impactful service in international education. In addition to mentoring their peers in other schools, helping them start their own programmes, our student service leaders have run workshops for educators at international conferences and shared their stories in a range of journals and magazines. 

Service CO

Service Core Team

The Service Core Team (ServiceCo) is a team of experienced, active and engaged group of service youth leaders, service coordinator, Head of Secondary, Head of School and NIPTA Service Lead. We work collaboratively towards supporting service projects in the NIST Community with their engagement, communication, and finance to ensure sustainability and meaningful impact.

What Defines Service Learning at NIST?

Service Learning at NIST International School Bangkok - Action

Meaningful & Purposeful Action

Service provides mutual, authentic learning experiences for all involved. We adopt a systems approachguided by research, data and expert partnersto make a difference in the world. We collaborate, we connect and we take action, all with the shared vision of achieving the UN Sustainable Development Goals.

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A Journey of Growth

From our early years programme to the final year of high school, we focus on building a service mindset. Key attributes and experiences are clearly articulated throughout our programme, and students increasingly take the initiative as they progress through the school, becoming leaders and mentors to the whole community in the process.

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Who We Are as a Community

We do not see service as being for students alone. It represents a collaborative effort between all adults and youth in our community, in partnership with local organizations. Our aspiring youth leaders often continue their work beyond high school, becoming change makers in the world as social enterprise and NGO founders.

Humanitarian Efforts, Inclusivity & Equity

Service groups working on and towards humanitarian efforts, inclusivity and equity.

What divides us pales in comparison to what unites us.”  – Edward Kennedy

SDG Goal 01-No Poverty
SDG Goal 08-Decent Work and Economic Growth
SDG Goal 04-Quality Education
SDG Goal 10-Reduced Inequalities
SDG Goal 05-Gender Equality

Humanitarian Efforts, Inclusivity & Equity

Service groups working on and towards humanitarian efforts, inclusivity and equity.

What divides us pales in comparison to what unites us.”  – Edward Kennedy

SDG Goal 01-No Poverty
SDG Goal 04-Quality Education
SDG Goal 05-Gender Equality
SDG Goal 08-Decent Work and Economic Growth
SDG Goal 10-Reduced Inequalities
SDG Goal 09-Industry, Innovation and Infrastructure
SDG Goal 07-Affordable and Clean Energy
SDG Goal 12-Responsible Consumption and Production
SDG Goal 02-Zero Hunger
SDG Goal 11-Sustainable Cities and Communities

Sustainable & Resilient Communities

Service groups working on and towards sustainability.

“The key to understanding the future is one word: sustainability.”  – Patrick Dixon

Sustainable & Resilient Communities

Service groups working on and towards sustainability.

“The key to understanding the future is one word: sustainability.”  – Patrick Dixon

SDG Goal 02-Zero Hunger
SDG Goal 07-Affordable and Clean Energy
SDG Goal 09-Industry, Innovation and Infrastructure
SDG Goal 11-Sustainable Cities and Communities
SDG Goal 12-Responsible Consumption and Production

Environmental Sustainability

Service groups working on and towards environmental sustainability.

“We do not inherit the earth from our ancestors; we borrow it from our children.”  – Chief Seattle

SDG Goal 03-Good Health and Well-Being
SDG Goal 14-Life Below Water
SDG Goal 06-Clean Water and Sanitation
SDG Goal 15-Life on Land
SDG Goal 13-Climate Action

Environmental Sustainability

Service groups working on and towards environmental sustainability.

“We do not inherit the earth from our ancestors; we borrow it from our children.”  – Chief Seattle

SDG Goal 03-Good Health and Well-Being
SDG Goal 06-Clean Water and Sanitation
SDG Goal 13-Climate Action
SDG Goal 14-Life Below Water
SDG Goal 15-Life on Land
SDG Goal 17-Partnerships for The Goals
SDG Goal 16-Peace, Justice and Strong Institutions

Unity & Collaboration

Service groups working on and towards sustainability.

“Alone we can do so little; together we can do so much.”  – Helen Keller

Unity & Collaboration

Service groups working on and towards sustainability.

“Alone we can do so little; together we can do so much.”  – Helen Keller

SDG Goal 16-Peace, Justice and Strong Institutions
SDG Goal 17-Partnerships for The Goals
Our Aspiration, NIST International School in Bangkok

Our Aspiration

We strive to expand traditional models of education, to foster principled, good people who will flourish throughout their lives and in turn make a positive impact in the world.

Welcome to NIST International School

As the first and only full, not-for-profit International Baccalaureate (IB) international school in Bangkok, we inspire and empower individual excellence, and enrich lives.
Welcome to NIST International School in Bangkok, Thailand

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Joining the NIST Community

Selecting a school can be a difficult decision for families, and we hope to work with you to help you make the right choice. We encourage you to reach out to us with any questions you may have.

The IB Mission at NIST Internation School in Bangkok

The IB Mission

The International Baccalaureate does not represent only a curriculum, but also a mission to transform the world through education by fostering thoughtful, principled learners.

An Education that Inspires & Enriches

Though we have cultivated a reputation for excellence in academics, we believe education is inextricably tied to wellbeing, character and action. Through learning comes joy.

A Lasting Impact, Service Learning at NIST International School in Bangkok

A Lasting Impact

Many of our alumni go on to work for NGOs and non-profits, become activists and reformers, and even create their own social enterprises.

Transforming Lives through Service

We believe service must be woven into the fabric of our learning, not as single projects or donations, but rather as the core means through which we translate learning into sustained action.
The NIST Falcons

The NIST Falcons

Our Falcons athletes participate in over a dozen competitive sports, from basketball and volleyball to gymnastics and fencing, with other schools around Bangkok and Southeast Asia.

Opportunities beyond the Classroom

We grow when pushed beyond our perceived limits. The NIST Activities Programme offers students the opportunity to challenge themselves through more than 300 activities, including sports, the arts, technology and more.

We believe in the power of education

International & Inclusive

As one of the most diverse international schools in Thailand, we seek to be inclusive and value difference as a catalyst for individual and collective growth.

A Vibrant Community Built on Shared Values

"Respectful, healthy, ethical relationships and interactions create a true sense of community at NIST."
(2018 NEASC Accreditation Report)

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Our Campus

Nestled in Bangkok's central business district, the NIST campus sits in close proximity to Asok BTS Station, and Sukhumvit and Petchaburi MRT Stations.

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