It has been a busy week for Lausanne 10th graders as they embark on a week-long journey volunteering at local nonprofits.
As a way to prepare students for college and life in a global environment, sophomores are required to complete a community service internship at a nonprofit in Memphis to encourage students to get involved and make a difference in the community they live in.
“These internships are beneficial to our students because it allows them to see the bigger picture, how they fit into the world and how they can impact it,” said Rachel Hammons, Director of Lausanne 360. “This experience also gives students the opportunity to grow and develop outside of the classroom.”
The goal of the internship is to build relationships, connect with others and provide substantial service within the community. In previous years, several Lausanne students have continued volunteering at the nonprofit they have chosen after their internship is over.
“At Lausanne, we have this huge ability to make a major difference in the city of Memphis, in the state of Tennessee, across the country and even a global impact, and that is why we open the door for service learning as often as we can,” Hammons said.
After completing the community service internship, sophomores reflect on the process and collaborate within their advisories on their experience.
“Sophomore internships help our students embrace the unfamiliar and learn to be leaders who are aware of the benefit of community involvement,” said Stuart Dunster, Head of Upper School. “When students learn to listen to the needs of a community, they become outstanding citizens who give back and put others before themselves.”
Below is a list of places our Lynx are interning at: