Experiential and Service Learning


How Is Experiential and Service Learning Defined at ISP?

We believe that...

  • students should discover what you learn from doing;
  • we should provide opportunities for our students to contribute, to collaborate and to learn that they can make a difference;
  • students have access to the unique learning that comes from a strong programme of service to others.


What Is the ISP Sustainable Development Project (SDP)?

International School of Paris leads student trips to countries such as Namibia, Ghana or Costa Rica to show students how they can have a positive influence on the lives of the inhabitants by promoting sustainable development.

During these annual trips, the school does not make monetary donations to local charitable organizations. Rather, a team of student volunteers work alongside local people in service projects which directly benefit the community and the local children, in particular.

By contributing to a worthwhile cause, ISP students gain a meaningful experience and build a spirit of friendship and solidarity that goes beyond the boundaries of politics, religion, race, and geography. The trips also help students become more independent and self-reliant: they have to learn and understand the rules of living in a small community by cooking for themselves, washing their own clothes and adapting to a new and challenging environment.

During the summer of 2018, ISP's Sustainable Development Team went to Otjimanagombe, Namibia. The students' main initiatives were to:

  • teach children English, French, math, science and sports, sharing the knowledge they have received through the IB programs;
  • build a playground and restore the scool and boarding school;
  • provide shoes, uniforms and school materials for children;
  • develop the garden for growing food for the children;
  • provide learning support through library and computer room activities;
  • raise awareness of AIDS and develop outreach with the San people in the Kalahari Desert.

For more information about this most recent trip or upcoming ones, please contact Marie-Cyrille Lavallé, the Sustainable Development Project Leader, at


A Video Summary of the 2018 SDP Trip