Students and staff have opportunities to 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 experience rich cultural immersion in countries that have included India, Ecuador, and Kenya - and most recently, Uganda, Guatemala, and Cambodia and the Yukon.
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.
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.