Education Beyond The Classroom
At Orion International Academy we believe that rigorous academics are only one part of a well-rounded student’s education. As a function of the student learning outcome called “Positive Influencer” the school promotes citizenship and community service through a required course called Global and Community Action. Each teacher acts as an advisor for specific grade levels to guide students in creating a community service project with a local organization such as an animal shelter, children’s hospital, food bank, or tutoring service. In addition, the students work towards an annual international service trip to a foreign country. In 2015-2016 the students went to Guatemala to help build houses poverty stricken communities. In March 2017, the students will go to China to support offering books to schools with limited resources.
2019 Trip: Cambodia
During our Cambodia trip, Orion students taught English to teachers in underdeveloped schools.
2018 Trip: Mexico
In Mexico, Orion students helped to build new schools in underserved areas.
2017 Trip: China
Orion students traveled to China to learn about the Chinese culture and supply a needed library with over 4,000 books.
Orion students went to Guatemala to build homes in a poverty stricken neighborhood in Guatemala City. The student worked hard during the fall semester to raise the money for their travel and to contribute to the construction costs. The trip taught the students the values of community service, leadership, and internationalism.