50 Students to mark 50 years – the RSIS Big Build

By Rachael on 20/04/2016


As part of its 50th anniversary celebrations, Round Square launches today two "Big Build” International Service projects in Nepal and Tanzania.

Operating in December 2016 (Nepal) and July 2017 (Tanzania) the reimagined service initiative aims to bring together a truly international team of 50 students for each project, drawn from Schools across the five continents that make up the RS global network. 

"The Big Build projects will offer genuine personal and leadership development opportunities that schools can access in particular for those students that are likely to take on key leadership positions in their final year(s) at school.” said Rod Fraser, Chairman of Round Square “We are truly excited to be today kicking off the first two in a sequence of Big Build projects that we know will change lives, create leaders and offer students a unique cultural immersion experience."

Participation in a Round Square International Service Projects 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.

Round Square's first Big Build will take place 9th - 22nd December 2016 in Nepal where students will help a rural community in the Kathmandu Valley to re-build important infrastructure, including the local school and village houses, damaged during the devastating earthquake in April 2015 that killed over 8,000 people, and left hundreds of thousands  homeless . The launch of the Round Square Big Build in Nepal is a fitting tribute in the organisation's anniversary year to the service initiative that schools undertook in response to the Kefalonia earthquake in 1953 that inspired Round Square’s later service work. 

The second Big Build is scheduled to take place 10th - 23rd July 2017 in Tanzania. Students will be working with the local community in Marangu to improve educational facilities and infrastructure at Ng’aroni Primary School.

This project will positively impact two primary schools; Ng’aroni staff and students will finally be able to access educational facilities, and Mbahe Primary will once again have full use of their own school. This will mean increased classroom time for both sets of students allowing them to cover the full curriculum, as well as greater access to resources.

With a network of international schools in 40 countries on five continents, Round Square provides a catalyst and framework for more than 100,000 students each year to engage in a holistic programme of self-discovery. Built around six IDEALS of learning (Internationalism, Democracy, Environmentalism, Adventure, Leadership and Service), the Round Square approach aims to inspire and draw out from every child their capacity for achievement and excellence, recognising that learning is most effective when it is practical, cross-cultural and collaborative.