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Sustainable Development Project

2018 Sustainable Development Project

For the 2018 trip, ISP's Sustainable Development Team will go to Otjimanagombe, Namibia. The students' main initiatives will be 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, please contact Marie-Cyrille Lavalle, the Sustainable Development Project leader, at mlavalle@isparis.edu.


International School of Paris leads student trips to less economically developed countries, like Namibia, Ghana and 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 works 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.