Make a Difference
As a school committed to excellence and in inspiring students to be responsible, productive, ethical global citizens, AIS-R is driven to connect and work with others within our local and international communities, and to pay attention to research that tells us we need to take better care of our planet.
In recent years, we have supported fundraising efforts to aid refugees of civil war in Syria, including providing backpacks and school supplies to children, so that in the midst of crisis, they may continue to learn and grow. We have volunteered at orphanages (including providing annual education support for children to the Children of Haiti Project), animal shelters and hospitals here in Riyadh, and sent financial aid through the AIS-R Foundation to partner schools (recently to Nepal following the earthquakes and to the Philippines following the typhoon) to support families devastated by natural disaster.
During Week Without Walls, AIS-R high school students travel abroad to countries like Borneo, Vietnam, Thailand and the Philippines to learn, first-hand, of important global issues like poverty, education, gender equality, and climate change. In the process of working hard with others from different social, cultural and economic backgrounds, our students learn the importance of grit and gratitude. They are forever changed - for the better. Next year, we plan to send students to make a difference with Habitat for Humanity.
As Environmental Eagles, we have implemented sustainable practices such as using natural light as much as possible and installing filtered water drinking fountains/bottle-filling stations, motion-detection light switches and automatic thermostats. In the Dining Hall, we have provided reusable plates and cutlery, excluded cardboard pizza boxes, and doubled the selection of fresh produce. As part of our Global Citizenship Certification with the Council of International Schools, we created an Environmental Sustainability Handbook and Plan for reducing energy consumption, carbon emissions and waste.