International Service Projects
Take part in something amazing...
Round Square Big Build projects are opportunities for students and adults from Round Square schools to come together from across the globe and to take part in something amazing.
Round Square have been running International Service Projects (RSIS) since 1953, when a group of schools with links to Kurt Hahn formed a working party to help rebuild destroyed infrastructure after a massive earthquake on the Ionian Islands.
Since then, Round Square Schools have worked on projects in Ladakh, Kenya, Romania, Guatemala and Cambodia helping communities in need and allowing young people from around the globe to grow and develop important life-long skills.
What is a RSIS Big Build Project?
Each year Round Square host two unique service projects for 50 students from Round Square Schools. The projects take place every year in July and December and run (on average) for two weeks.
Students work together with a rural community in need to build a vital piece of infrastructure. In the past this has been classrooms, accommodation for teachers, bridges and clean water systems.
An ideal Leadership Development Opportunity for students
Participation in a Round Square Big Build Project is a great way for young adults to learn about global citizenship, community engagement, develop a deeper understanding of the world’s problems and experience a new culture. Packed with challenging adventure and cultural awareness opportunities, the project programmes are designed to ensure that students have an exciting, experiential and holistic learning experience that is second-to-none.
Participants take it in turns to be Student Leaders during the project, taking responsibility for the organisation of the day, briefing their peers, giving an overview of safety and risk management and organising a student rota to help with different chores at camp. Students are given feedback by their peers and the adult leaders, and will all receive a personal report after the trip.
Through the RSIS project in Nepal, I feel that I have developed a new-found sense of leadership within myself. I was able to lead a team of people I had only met recently which ended up giving me confidence and independence, two aspects I was hoping to develop.”
Amy Carruthers, St Cyprians School, RSIS Big Build Nepal