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Community Service Projects

ISH has a variety of service activities operating including many student-led activities.

Service activities are a significant component in our community and are an avenue to fulfil ISH’s mission statement. They provide our learners the opportunity to engage in our local and global community and act to make a positive difference to the lives of others and to the environment.

Students pursue service activities that they are passionate about and are able to see the progress and success through their actions. Here are some of the signature service projects. Click on the tabs for more information on the projects.

Community Service Projects at ISH

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Community Service Club at the International School of Hamburg

The Community Service Club provides students grades 1-5 an opportunity to make a difference by helping others.  We organize and host various events thats are all dedicated to different charities.  This includes the clothing collection, Jump Rope for Heart and food drive. 

We also do projects on a smaller scale, such as going to local parks to clean and help the environment, or creating children's books to bring joy to the younger students.

This club teaches children to strengthen empathy, organization and leadership skills. What's more important, it brings out the passion in students of all ages to make the world a better place.


Bake Sale for Breast Cancer Awareness and Research at the International School of Hamburg
International School of Hamburg deposited proceeds at the bank for Stiftung KinderHerz organization

The club held a Bake Sale for Breast Cancer Awareness and Research where all the proceeds went to AktionPink  and an activity, Jump Rope Heart for the Stiftung KinderHerz Organization.


  • Food Drive for the Hamburger Tafel
    Classes will be collecting non-perishable items for 2 weeks.  On June 19th, the Community Service Club will host an event in the gym where all the JS classes will come and build a sculpture made of all the donated items. At the end, student judges will go around to pick the winner.  All of the food will be donated to the Hamburger Tafel.


  • Clothing Drive
    We collected clothing donated to us by the ISH community.  At the end, we hosted an event where 10 students were selected (two from each grade level in the JS), where they worked in pairs to put on as many of the donated items as possible.  At the end, all the clothing was donated to Hanseatic Help Organisation.
  • Jump Rope for Heart

The Community Service club organised an event where students could come and participate in activities that are designated to keep a healthy heart. Students were asked to bring in a voluntary participation donation as an entrance fee, and we ended up raising over 1,000 Euros for the Stiftung KinderHerz Organization. 

Community Service Club at the International School of Hamburg
Junior School Principal and a student participating in Jump Rope for Heart.

Junior School Principal, Dr. Weishof and one of our Community Service Club members participating in Jump Rope for Heart.  We raised over 1,000 Euros for the Stiftung KinderHerz organization.

For more information contact:

Ms. JoAnna Pegesa
Community Service Club Supervisor

Sri Lanka Project

The Sri Lanka Project was founded in response to the Tsunami of 2004 which devastated large areas of Sri Lanka. Many Sri Lankan families lost loved ones on that terrible day and in some coastal areas abandoned buildings can still be found. Our school and the city of Hamburg teamed up to rebuild five kindergartens/preschools in the hardest hit southern provinces and these are the schools that our students continue to support and visit to this day.

Throughout the year Grade 9 and 10 students are involved in a number of fundraising activities to raise money for our schools in Sri Lanka. Bake sales, Junior School dances, plastic bottle recycling, children’s activities for the International Fair are just a few of the activities students of the Sri Lanka Project will take part in throughout the school year.

Our first fundraiser of the school year is the Sri Lanka Cup - ISH Charity Golf Tournament, which takes place on a Sunday in September. The tournament is designed to be a fun day for all levels and we play a “best ball” or Texas Scramble in teams of 4. This is our major fundraiser of the year and the only activity where we also appeal to parents to support us with taking part in the tournament and/or by donating items for our Tombola. This can take the form of vouchers for restaurants, corporate gifts, wine etc. Our school community has been very generous in past years and we hope that this continues.

During the Easter school break, a number of our students are given an opportunity to visit Sri Lanka and the schools we support. Students get to interact with children, get a taste of the local culture through activities and travel, and they can see first-hand the impact their fundraising efforts have on those who need it most. Many of our students return from the trip with a new appreciation for others.

For more information, please contact

Patricia Hayward
Sri Lanka Project Coordinator

Check out the project trip to Sri Lanka, 2019

Tanzania Project

Tanzania Project

Tanzania Project is our new and exciting project Africa project, part of the IB CAS programme for Grade 11 students. It will be collaboration between ISH and two schools in Tanzania, Sarwatt Secondary School and Heilotu Primary School in Mbulu.
Already the students are involved in many fundraising activities, which will be aimed towards helping these schools with improving their facilities like dormitories, kitchens, classrooms equipment, computer labs, stationery etc.

At the end of the school year we will travel to Tanzania to visit the two schools, meet the students, interact and involve themselves in the projects on the ground. The trip will be two to three weeks in the summer every year where the first weeks will be working and collaborating with the local schools on the identified projects followed by a few days of rest and recreation.

For more information please contact


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ISH students at the NFL Stiftung presentation

Kids4Kids is a project that identifies itself as part of the whole school educational programme.

This includes: Early Childhood Center, Junior School and Secondary School/MYP and IBDP CAS. Individually or in collaboration with one another members work on various fundraising activities with the aim of making worthy contributions to children in need within Hamburg and its environs. All students and members of ISH staff and wider community are welcome in becoming a part of this important and worthwhile initiative. 

The main local charities that Kids4Kids works with are:

. The NCL Foundation

. Schule Hirtenweg

. Altonaer Kinderkrankenhaus 

. Die Arche.

For further details and information contact:
Peter Anderson
Kids4Kids Coordinator

Girl Up

Girl Up at the International School of Hamburg

Girl Up is a Service Learning Group at ISH which seeks to encourage students, both boys and girls, to empower girls in our own community and around the world. Girl Up seeks to take action in order to raise awareness of issues, fight to achieve gender equality and to ensure that girls can take action to continue to empower themselves.

Some of the highlights of Girl Effect/Girl Up include

  • Working in collaboration with CleanBirth.org to raise funds to buy birthing kits for women in rural Laos;
  • Supporting AktionPink Deutschland in organising their annual charity run in Hamburg;
  • Meeting with a Forensic Psychologist to explore connections between media and women;
  • Organising a community Breast Cancer event to raise money for AktionPink Deutschland; 
  • Screening Girl Rising in conjunction with the Girl Guides group at ISH;
  • Educating women in our community about the self-checking for changes in breast tissue;
  • Organising a charity 5km run/walk to raise money to support education for girls in rural India;
  • Continuing to educate our group members with issues surrounding gender equality.

Our group is proud of our achievements and we are consistently looking to become further involved in our community. The Girl Up group currently meets during lunchtime on a Wednesday.

For more information please contact

Ms. Claire Butler-Walker
Girl Up Supervisor