Bringing the Self Back To Service Based Learning

The aim of the session will be to work with service learning coordinators to help them connect their students’ stories to the service-based learning project.
  • Virtual Workshops
  • Service-Learning Coordinators, Counselors, Educators
  • Virtual
  • 2:00 pm (GMT +0:00) - 3:00 pm (GMT +0:00)
  • 2 November 2022


In this session, we will explore how to take students out of the “helper” role and work to connect their stories, strength and passion to the service-learning project. Rather than seeing the project as a way to help, we’ll look at ways to engage students in figuring out why this cause is important to them, the strengths they can bring to the project and how it connects to a larger passion they care about.

We’ll also dive into discussing how to maximize learning outcomes for both the students and community partners through projects that reject a dependency model of service, but rather build sustainable impact initiatives. We’ll go through how to build effective partnerships with the community organization that allow for mutual learning and exploration.

Lastly, we’ll see how we can merge understanding our story, project sustainability and partnership building into more long-lasting and impactful service learning initiatives.

As a result of participating at this institute, attendees can expect to:

  1. Understand how to integrate the stories from their students into the “why” behind the project to form a deeper student connection to the work
  2. Learn how to maximize the impact with community partners through the service-learning project, rather than designing ‘one-time’ initiatives dependent on the school
  3. Gain a stronger understanding of forming partnerships with communities through the service learning projects, rather than “helping”


  • Lauren Schmidt
    A Tree That Grows

    Lauren Schmidt, MSW is a social entrepreneur and founder of A Tree That Grows, where she helps build the next generation of teen social entrepreneurs through sustainable global impact projects.

    She is a graduate of Columbia University and has over ten years of experience living in Tanzania and working with international students. Lauren has worked as a Dean of Students at Kampala International University in Tanzania and has worked on grassroots projects sponsored by HIVOS and Oxfam. At Crimson Education, she has helped students share their unique impact in essays, resulting in acceptance at Havard, Yale, MIT, Stanford, Columbia, Brown and many more schools.

    When Lauren’s not working with amazing students changing the world for the better, you can find her travelling back to Tanzania, advocating for inclusion and exploring organic coffee farms in East Africa.

Register Here

Contact us

Physical address
International School of Kenya Campus, Peponi Road, Nairobi, Kenya
Postal Address
P.O. Box 14103 - 00800, Nairobi, Kenya
+254 (20) 2697442 / 8076067
General Email:
AISA Conferences:
AISA Accounts:
AISA Marketing:
Executive Director:
Quick Contact
Contact Us

Subscription Form

Need additional assistance?


The Association of International Schools in Africa is dedicated to serving its members throughout Africa during this challenging time. Please let us know if you require additional or specific information, resources and or support, and we will endeavour to assist you as soon as possible.

Cookie Policy

As part of the new data protection laws we are required to let you know when we use any kind of tracking devices or "cookies" on our website.

What are Cookies?

A cookie is a small text file that is sent to your computer via your web browser when you visit a website. Our website uses the WordPress platform, which uses Cookies to verify users. We also use Google Analytics on our website which uses Cookies. You can read more on "How Google uses information from sites or apps that use our services" via this link:

How do I disable cookies?

If you do not want to receive a cookie from Our Site, you have the option of setting your browser to notify you when you receive a cookie, so that you may determine whether to accept it or not.