Service learning

Enriching your child’s learning and community
In our mission to create global leaders of the future, service learning helps build your child’s awareness of the world around them, both on a global, national and community level.

At the Australian International School Malaysia, our program is integrated with our teaching and learning. This provides students with authentic experiences for applying their learning, supports our global community and develops student leadership in tackling global issues, encouraging communication, tolerance and understanding.

Our projects include the Matilda Project, the Chin Immersion Program and the Lost Towel Project. 

The Matilda Project - recognising the importance of universal education
The Matilda Project recognises the importance of education for human health and development by sponsoring the primary education of 30 children. They are housed in a hostel called Asrama Desa Pukak during the week, as their families live in remote villages around Pukak, Kiulu, in Sabah – otherwise they would not be able to attend school regularly.

We have worked in partnership with the Good Shepherd Foundation of Malaysia to support the Matilda Project, since our launch, at AISM's 10th anniversary celebration, in 2010. We do a range of fundraising activities and a student field trip as part of our school support.

Walkathon and other sponsorship activities

The Australian International School Malaysia students hold a Walkathon to raise funds for the children of SK Desa Pukak

AISM and our students raise more than RM60,000 every year through activities and sponsorships like the annual Walkathon, Gala Dinner and Sports Day. These funds go directly to the Pukak hostel in Sabah.

Maltilda expedition

Australian International School Students with the children of SK Desa Pukak

A group of AISM students and teachers also take part in a practical unit, visiting the Asrama Desk Pukak hostel each year. The teachers and students work as a team over the week to help refurbish the hostel, organise storytelling sessions and teach English to the children. This is a great opportunity, challenging your child to grow socially and emotionally as well as physically. 

This expedition is open to students in Year 8 to 10. 

Other fundraising activities
Our students also organise other activities throughout the year such as food and drink stalls and bake sales with the support and guidance of their teachers in continuous efforts to raise funds for those who are less fortunate. Sharing their own good fortune with others can be one of the most important life lessons your child can learn. It can help them understand their role within the community and the ways in which small acts can have a greater effect. It can also help them think about others, which is essential part of their character as they grow to become global leaders.

The Chin Immersion Program - supporting the education of refugee children
Our Chin Immersion Program gives Chin children secondary school age the opportunity to participate in lessons at AISM once a fortnight, through our partnership with the Chin Student Organisation (CSO).

The children experience a safe and structured learning environment, where they can practice their English and become familiar with Western educational techniques and expectations. This aims to ready them for their eventual move to a host country and gives them hope for a better future. Our students learn more about Chin people and their culture, aiding their awareness and understanding about the world they live in.

The CSO, a registered, voluntary, community organization, aims to provide Chin refugee children living in Kuala Lumpur with education and life skills.

Australian International School Malaysia students learning with the Chin Student Organisation

Support for Chin Student Organisation (CSO) events
AISM supports the Chin students through many events such as the Chin Sports Day, Chin Dinner and Dance and the biggest event of the year for CSO, the year end concert. These events are held in the AISM auditorium and gym, providing a space where the Chin students can come together and celebrate with all students.

The Lost Towel Project - empowering refugees to earn an income

Launched in April 2015, The Lost Towel Project helps Chin refugees to earn an income. Refugees often receive no income until their claims are determined by the United Nations, which can take years. 

The project is community based, and was founded by a newly set up charity called Parents International Welfare Association of Kuala Lumpur (PINK). These parents give their time for free, and all profits go to the wellbeing of the Chin community. 

The Lost Towel Project creates a safe and sustainable way for these families to earn an income by producing high quality microfiber swimming towels for school houses. The refugee women embroider students’ names on the towel using donated machines.

All work is completed by and done to support Chin refugees, with funds going through Mang Tha. This is a United Nations recognised organisation, with a mission to empower women through fair trade.

The money raised goes towards improving the day to day lives of these families, assisting with educational, medical needs and living conditions, and funding specific projects to improve their life opportunities.

The Giving Tree - a season of giving and receiving

Our giving tree project teaches students to be caring citizens

The Australian International School Malaysia (AISM) seeks to teach their students more than just what it takes to pass and get good grades in a course of study. The school also seeks to teach students to be caring citizens of the world. Led by our Service Learning Coordinator, students and their parents bring gifts that are generously donated for the children of the Shepherd Centre Foundation in Kajang. AISM collects over 500 gifts to donate to this worthwhile cause every year. This event instils a feeling of gratitude among AISM students and the community for their own circumstances and helps develop compassion for the less fortunate especially during this time of the year.

Find out more about our service learning programs
Please contact Colleen Derham, our Service Learning Coordinator to find out more about our programs serving the community.

For more information about other Taylor's Group CSR programs and policies can be found on the Taylor’s Schools website.