Ruamrudee International School: Students Giving Back to the Community

Schools are a great resource for charity organizations because they can rally up support from the entire student body, teachers and the families of everyone involved with the school. With well over 1,000 students, Ruamrudee International School (RIS) is sending their young helpers where kindness is needed throughout Thailand.

Ms. Kay Rambaud, IB/High School Visual Art Instructor at RIS explains why charity work is important for the students, “We are a Christian school within a Thai community. Giving is inherent within both cultures.”

The students of RIS are involved with a handful of charity organizations in Thailand. Interact Rotary is one club that is active on campus which supports Habitat for Humanity by providing funding and builds houses in rural communities in Thailand.

Ms. Rambaud recalls her experience working with the students building houses for Habitat for Humanity, “It was truly remarkable how they worked together and wiped their fears of ‘dirty work’ away. The habitat students often invite me on their trips.  I like to   get my hands dirty too!”

The students from Interact Rotary also visit Father Ray Foundation to teach English and play with the orphaned children and the Canvas of Hearts paints murals on the orphanage walls. The Canvas of Hearts looks for ways to help children through art.

The Red Cross club organizes a blood drive twice a year for teachers, students and parents to donate blood, while Cancer Research organizes events where students and teachers cut 10 inches of hair to make wigs for cancer patients.

Model Corporate Social Responsibility clubr aised 100,00 baht to construct 2-storey water tank in Narasuan Huay Krai, Hua Hin by designing and selling 400 T-shirts.  They also raised 100,000 baht towards the construction of a middle school classroom.  They donated 600 socks to their One to One campaign.

The WWF – Eco-Merits club work to stop the degradation of the planets natural environments, focusing in Thailand last year they visited four animals homes and focused on raising awareness through fundraising. One fundraising activity they did was an arm wrestling contest and they also taped teachers to walls for money.

The Global Issues club went to Chiang Rai to work with an orphanage that homes victims of human trafficking between Thailand and Myanmar. They built a chicken coup.  Their aim is to also raise awareness as well as fund-raise for different projects.

The Leo club is part of 140,000 other Leo clubs from around the world that are dedicated towards community services.  They work with a variety of different projects including Cancer Awareness.

SOL Club focuses on providing fresh, clean water and solving water related issues to communities in Asia. The students provided funds and went to build dams in Ratachaburi and Petchburi’s forest as well as providing aid for the Philippines crisis by holding basketball matches.

What is truly amazing is that the students are not required to do any hours of community services, although most do a lot.  Through the IB curriculum, the students were required to complete 300 hours of community service, but that’s no longer necessary. Students simply enjoy volunteering and there are endless opportunities for them to do so.

Ms. Rambaud has seen how the charity work influences her students, “Our students our kind, really kind! They have a better understanding of the work from the different charity organizations.  Going back to the Habitat for Humanity trip, I saw students working as a team, carry piles of sand and rocks for each other, helping at each other’s constructions once one had finished and keeping a good spirit through it all.  It’s rare to see students like that!”

Hopefully more schools and organizations are teaching our future generations to do the same.