Service Learning Grants

ACAMIS Service Learning Grants have been established to provide financial support for student initiatives in service learning in the ACAMIS host countries, China and Mongolia.


ACAMIS Service Learning Grants have been established to provide financial support for student initiatives in service learning in the ACAMIS host countries, China and Mongolia.

Awards are made to individuals or groups that require students to:

  • Apply academic, social and personal skills to support and improve the community;
  • Make decisions that will lead to authentic outcomes;
  • Grow as individuals and increase community engagement;
  • Gain a deeper understanding of themselves, their community, and society; and
  • Demonstrate their abilities while and through helping others.

Grand Value

Up to $2,500 USD may be awarded to successful individuals or groups as determined by the ACAMIS Board.

Who Can Apply?

Applications will only be accepted from students who are enrolled in ACAMIS member schools and are supported by a faculty representative providing guidance to the individual or group carrying out the service learning project.

Application Process

Schools that are planning to apply for a Service Learning Grant should first register their intent by completing the Preliminary Notice Form. When the students are ready to make full Application, they can download the ACAMIS Service Learning Grant Application Form here. The proposal should be no more than 750 words. All sections of the Service Learning Grant Application Form need to be completed and may include supplementary and supporting information. When completing the application, it may be useful to refer to the description of criteria in Service Learning Criteria.

When completing the service learning proposal the applicant(s) should consider the following questions:
  • Why is the proposal meaningful service learning?
  • Why is this project important to me/the group?
  • How am I/we establishing and developing partnerships?
  • How can I/we monitor progress, determine success and reflect during the process?
  • For how long will the service learning project last?
  • What will the funds will be applied to in addressing the identified need?


A completed ACAMIS Service Learning Grant Application Form must be sent to the ACAMIS Executive Officer no later than February 15, 2020. Late applications will not be accepted.

It will then be submitted to the Service Learning Review Committee. The ACAMIS Board of Directors will review the recommendations made by the Service Learning Review Committee and select recipients of the Award during the May Board meeting.

2019 Service Learning Grants Recipients

Nanjing International School

Felicity, a Grade 11 student at NIS, has initiated a Service Club. She is working with fellow students knitting hats that will be included in Pfrang's annual Giving Tree campaign (Pfrang is a charity helping underprivileged students in North Jiangsu and Anhui).

"I wanted to do something practical, easy and sustainable. Hats! During the winter holidays of 2018, my grandmother taught me how to knit hats with a loom. It took only a few hours to make one. I figured with a group; we could make 100 hats to donate. Everyone needs a hat to keep their heads warm during the cold winters.

I asked a group of students from different grades to help knit hats. I showed them how to knits. Teachers and parents have also volunteered to help. My knitting group meets once every 2 weeks to collect more yarn and to hand in finished hats. So far, the group has nearly 40 hats. Knitting is a social activity that encourages people to talk and interact. My hope that even after I graduate, the Knitting group will continue to make hats to keep students warm.

Each hat is handmade so there are some imperfections. Also, each hat has a handstitched label that some moms helped us to sew on. We are also attaching a card with a photo of the student who knitted the hat. By December 2019, we hope to have 100 hats made.

When I first started, the material was provided by my school. They purchased yarn and the looms. The Pfrang Association had also agreed to provide some material. I applied for a Service grant from the ACAMIS, an association of international schools in China and Mongolia. I was very fortunate. My project was awarded 1500 USD! We have plenty of money to buy material to keep making hats."

Service Learning Grant Recipients

SchoolStudent Name(s)ProjectAmount Granted
American International School of GuangzhouSelinaTransportation for Shaoguan girls to experience life outside their villageUS$1,000
Beijing City International SchoolVictoria, Victoria and ElenaLibrary construction and traditional music instruments in Hunan through Me to WeUS$2,000
Beijing World Youth AcademyCandy and BellaEquipment and materials for Saturday instruction by students at a local migrant schoolUS$1,000
Dulwich College Shanghai Laura and WinnieProducing reusable sanitary pads for poor people in developing countriesUS$1,500
Dulwich College SuzhouRudrakshSustainable environment project, reduce paper use, plant trees. US$1,000
International School of Nanshan ShenzhenAkhil, Seungjun and Tae SeoFund raising soccer match to raise money for Bali for All, to donate sports equipment to needy schools around the worldUS$500
Nanjing International SchoolFelicityKnitting winter headwear for needy students through the Pfrang AssociationUS$1,500
Yew Chung International School of Shanghai in PudongAlexandra and AnnMake a Difference (MAD) for cancerUS$500
Yew Chung International School of Shanghai in PudongHui and HuiShoebox Appeal for migrant childrenUS$1,500

Previous Service Learning Grant Recipients


Beijing World Youth Academy

"This is Stephanie from Beijing World Youth Academy. I am currently working on an art exhibition called Color strokes, which will display students’ original artworks, presenting the theme of migrant families and children. Along with the marathon project (Walkathon), my team and I are specifically aiming to raise more than 5000 RMB from the art exhibition to donate the profit to renovate bathroom facility in a migrant school. In addition to this project, in honor of receiving the grant from the ACAMIS, we are planning to do another project to support education in the same migrant school using the grant."

-- Stephanie, BWYA DP1 student, Service Award winner

"Service learning at Beijing World Youth Academy does not only stand alone as part of the IB programme requirement, it is also incorporated in units, where students connect their understanding of concepts and skills in a subject to service learning opportunities. This new learning experience helps students gain a much deeper understanding of how meaningful their service actions can be and become even more inspired to do more. Service learning contributes immensely to the development of the whole person at our school and it prepares these young learners to be responsible global citizens."

--Robert Wang, BWYA Secondary School Principal

Dulwich College Beijing

Service Learning Grant Recipients

SchoolStudent Name(s)ProjectAmount Granted
Beijing World Youth AcademyStephanieRenovation of bathrooms in Hongqi migrant schoolUS$2,500
Canadian International School of BeijingNicoleOrganized a Chinese debate tournamentUS$1,000
Dulwich College BeijingYi WenCharity debate competitionUS$1,500
Teda International SchoolYeRamBuilt libraries in disadvantaged schoolsUS$1,000
Keystone AcademyAlisa and AnnaCollected books and constructed a book corner to an organizationUS$2,500


School Student(s)ProjectAmount Granted
Dulwich College SuzhouIso

Promote literacy and education in hospital with Storytelling


Dulwich College SuzhouKate

Provide musical instruments at migrant schools


Nanjing International SchoolCatherine

Promote awareness of touch rugby in the local community


Yew Chung International School of Shanghai - Pudong CampusCostanza

Fundraising Make a Difference (MAD) Run for cancer research


Yew Chung International School of Shanghai - Pudong CampusPok Yin

Fundraising Solar Buddies to schools in Liberia



School Student Name(s)


Amount Granted
Dulwich College SuzhouCyril

"Inspire with Art" project for local HS students to display their artistic abilities


Dulwich College SuzhouJoo Eun

Furnish a music room for students at a school in Suzhou


Yew Chung International School of Shanghai - Pudong CampusLorenzo

Make a Difference (MAD) Run for cancer research


Yew Chung International School of Shanghai - Puxi CampusJiawen and others

Fundraising an orphanage at Ghana