Community Service Learning

Student participation in our Community Service Learning Program seeks to instill in our students a sense of purpose, responsibility and personal commitment to life-long service. Our programs offer students the opportunity to make a significant difference in the lives of others, both at home and abroad. Students will demonstrate a commitment to social justice and equity; embrace and respect diversity; develop concern for the environment and sustainable development, and cultivate a sense of empathy and compassion for all sentient beings.


  • Foster empathy and an appreciation for a broad range of backgrounds and experiences; promote the breaking down of stereotypes and misconceptions and to embrace diversity; challenge viewpoints which perpetuate inequality
  • Provide the opportunity to develop real world skills through planning, implementation and reflection
  • Encourage students to step out of their traditional daily interactions and instill a lifelong commitment to service and advocacy
  • Develop global citizens committed to the well-being of our planet and sustainability of global resources and with knowledge of globalization and interdependence

In April 2015, 22 Keystone students and two teachers journeyed to Kathmandu, Nepal, in order to volunteer in two local communities. Two weeks after our return to Beijing, a devastating earthquake destroyed areas in which our students had worked and visited. The students who had participated in the trip demanded that we return to Nepal in the spring of 2016 to support the earthquake relief efforts. In April 2016, Keystone students and teachers will return to Kathmandu.

Keystone students may also elect to join other global service trips this coming spring, such as to an elephant sanctuary in Thailand, a housing project with Habitat for Humanity, or continue the work they started last year at a school for migrant children in Hunan Province.

Read more about Keystone’s service-oriented learning in The Keystone Magazine issue, "Learning and Leading in Service".