On Friday 20th November Regents International School Pattaya hosted the 2013 ServICE Conference for over 170 students from twelve leading international schools in Thailand and further a field in Poland!
The 3 day ServICE Conference is an annual opportunity for students to inspire, connect and empower other students to become better global citizens.
Manuel da Quinta from UNAIDS Thailand.
Paul Crouch, Assistant Principal – Community and Student Enrichment, commented, “Student led and focussed conferences that aim to make real connections through education and an inspiring programme are an important aspect of international schooling.
“Our students can become lost in the expat bubble and lose focus on the importance of the opportunity their international school education is affording them. By bringing likeminded students and facilitators together to discuss important global issues and how to tackle them empowers them to make a real difference in their local communities and wherever they may be in the future globally and whatever their responsibilities are.”
Run by students for the students, the Regents troop of organisers planned the three day conference with team building activities, trips to local community projects, workshops and lectures led by inspirational speakers.
Chair of the Student Guild, Year 12 student James Kwon commented, “As our first conference, it was a huge challenge but we embraced the opportunity and put in a vast amount of time and effort. Delegates commented that the ServICE conference was a great success and they have been inspired by so much – I too have been inspired by not only the speakers but the delegates themselves. We are all very proud of what we have achieved!”
Christine Tananone, Director of Global Citizenship at International School Bangkok commented, “Many schools, including ours, are engaged in community service, but Regents Pattaya has gone a step further by integrating service-learning into the curriculum. And that is where it really impacts both students and the community.”
Students and organisers gather for a group photo in front of the school.
Students having great time.
Students – inspire, connect, empower.
This inspiring quote from Steve Jobs is printed on the back of the event shirts.