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Service as Action and Projects


Action (learning by doing and experiencing) is a key component in IB programme. Service, as a subset of action, has always been a shared value of the IB community. In Grades 6-10, students are encouraged to participate in service-based activities where the students have to take action. They strive to be caring members of the community who demonstrate a personal commitment to service, and act to make a positive difference to the lives of others and to the environment. Please refer to the Service as Action Handbook.

MYP students should, through their engagement with service as action:

  • become more aware of their own strengths and areas for growth
  • undertake challenges that develop new skills
  • discuss, evaluate and plan student-initiated activities
  • persevere in action
  • work collaboratively with others
  • develop international-mindedness through global engagement, multilingualism and intercultural understanding
  • consider the ethical implications of their actions.

Service as Action is a requirement for IB MYP graduation and is continued to further education at     Al Jabr Islamic School. Although students may complete their reflections at any time it is recommended that they are done as they take part in the different activities.



Compulsory in Grade 7, 8, and 9

The community project focuses on community and service, encouraging students to explore their right and responsibility to implement service as action in the community. It gives students an opportunity to develop awareness of needs in various communities and address those needs through service learning. As a consolidation of learning, the community project engages in a sustained, in-depth inquiry leading to service as action in the community. The community project may be completed individually or by groups of a maximum of three students.

Interview will be held in mid-August to prepare their interest. Progress checking and verifying their commitment to the program will be accomplished on April so that the portfolios are complete for the interviews.

These are advertised in student assemblies and within the wider community. Students must keep a process journal of their Service as Action activities and write reflections. 



Compulsory in Grade 10

MYP students in their final year explore an area of personal interest over an extended period. It provides them the opportunity to consolidate their learning and develop important skills they’ll need in both further education and life beyond the classroom. It also helps them develop confidence to become principled, lifelong learners.

The personal project formally assesses students’ approaches to learning (ATL) skills for self-management, research, communication, critical and creative thinking, and collaboration. Students complete three elements:

  1. product or outcome—evidence of tangible or intangible results: what the student was aiming to achieve or create
  2. process journal—ideas, criteria, developments, challenges, plans, research, possible solutions and progress reports
  3. report—an account of the project and its impact, to a structure that follows the assessment criteria. The report includes a bibliography and evidence from the process journal that documents students’ development and achievements.

Each student receives the journal in mid-August and is expected to bring it to meetings with their supervisor until the PP finish. To celebrate the end of the PP process the school hosts a Personal Project Exhibition with presentations and performances which is held in March.

Information and initial instructions about the Personal Project will be given to students and parents at the end of Grade 9. Students will be expected to formulate their ideas and begin research in preparation for the start of the Personal Project in Grade 10.

The report is assessed by the supervisor and externally moderated by the IB to ensure a globally consistent standard of excellence. Each project is awarded a final achievement grade.

Visit their Personal Project here.