28 January, 2020, By Christine O'Leary

It’s not every day that your high school studies see you travelling to Uganda to support the work of a charity that is helping children affected by child sacrifice and child trafficking.

It’s confronting, real-world stuff but for MIC student Paris Ramsay, 17, there is nowhere else she would rather be.

MIC student, Paris Ramsay

Paris is in the second year of the 2-year International Baccalaureate Career-related Program (IBCP) at MIC and is deep into the ‘service’ aspect of the program – her Service Learning Project.

The Service Learning Project is undertaken over two years and requires students to identify an authentic community need related to their interests and career path, and provide a service that addresses that need. It’s a critical component of the IBCP which is offered in Years 11 and 12 at MIC and prepares students to follow their chosen pathways in life by combining academic subjects with real-life learning that makes a positive difference in their community.

For Paris, that has involved combining her love of entrepreneurship with her passion for community service. Having launched her first business in 2017, an online ethical jewellery venture that supports the work of the Ugandan charity Kyampisi Childcare Ministries, late last year she travelled to Uganda to participate in the charity’s work and see for herself where her contributions were making a difference.

MIC with schoolgirl, Shan, in Kyampisi, Uganda, as part of her Service Learning Project and her IB Career-related studies at MIC.

Read more about Paris and how her passions have led her down an interesting and gratifying path of community service here: Service Learning, A Case Study.

For more on the International Baccalaureate Career-related Program, and the Senior Phase at MIC, visit the Secondary College page of the MIC website.

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