Service Learning & Travel Opportunities
Caring Beyond Self, in Action
What a Difference Core Values Make
Listed among our core values is the simple dictum to “care beyond self.” More than a sentiment, this is an active concept at Kingswood Oxford, one we cultivate and practice as we continually look beyond our circumstances to help others.
Service learning takes many forms at KO and can be completed through clubs, travel, and other co-curricular activities. Every student must complete community service hours to receive a Kingswood Oxford diploma. Due to the Covid pandemic restraints, our community service requirements are as follows: Class of 2023 – 30 hours, Class of 2024, 45 hours, Class of 2025 and beyond 60 hours.
Many far exceed and graduate with 100 hours or more, making them eligible for the Kingswood Oxford Community Service Hall of Fame.
Kingswood Oxford Student Ambassador (KOSA)
KOSA brings KO students to M.D. Fox School in Hartford for community service. This partnership goes beyond the typical drive for school supplies. Student volunteers support the school’s Pre-K-Grade 5 population throughout the summer by assisting in the classroom with reading, writing, math, and more.
KO students and parent volunteers also organize “Fox Holiday Store,” in which the M.D. Fox students can shop in the “store” and select one brand new book and gift either for themselves or a family member. The books and gifts are made available through a drive on campus. Volunteers also set up the “store” and act as salespeople and gift wrappers and guide the Fox students through their selection.
TEAM Tobati – Where Service Meets Travel
Founded by KO reacher Ron Garcia in 1998, Team Tobati has become a popular community service opportunity at KO. Each March (except for the Covid lockdowns), students travel to Tobati, Paraguay, where they volunteer on projects that benefit area youth. Over the years, hundreds of KO students (approximately 70% of the Upper School) have traveled internationally and completed dozens of projects that serve the medical and educational needs of the region.
Other Travel Opportunities
International Model U.N.
In addition to attending local Model U.S. conferences, KO students can attend these conferences in a foreign country with school staff members. A few years ago, students traveled to Russia to attend the St. Petersburg International Model U.S., a three-day-long simulation where students problem-solved vexing international issues. Before and after the conferences, students tour the local area. Our Wyverns have attended conferences in Madrid, Budapest, and Prague, combined with a week of traveling with local private guides.