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PreK-Grade 12 International Day and Boarding School in Kobe, Japan | Since 1913


Providing service to others isn't just doing what's right, it's a core part of who we are.

Whether Canadian Academy students are raising funds for children to continue their schooling in Thailand, working in soup kitchens for the homeless in Kobe, playing with the children in Shinseijuku orphanage, supporting Animal Refuge Kansai and visiting the elderly in the local Kounan nursing home, service opportunities are an essential part of our Mission. Our students are encouraged to become involved in community service and through the many student, faculty and parent initiated activities, there is sure to be a project that resonates with every volunteer.

Canadian Academy inspires students to inquire, reflect, and choose to compassionately impact the world throughout their lives.

What is Service?

Service is an activity that goes beyond ordinary school or family responsibilities, is performed without payment, and helps others. Service Learning is when service is an integral part of the learning and curriculum.

As students move through CA, they should become more independent when selecting and creating service opportunities. While doing for others starts in our elementary, our service program becomes more formalized in secondary school. Our service program focuses on helping our CA community, our local and national communities, or our overseas community.

What are the aims of Community Service at Canadian Academy?

  • Encourage the students to continually engage in activities that help others and the environment
  • Foster responsibility as a member of the global community
  • Embrace human diversity through Community Service and enhance understanding of perspectives of different cultures
  • Develop open and respectful communication skills necessary for working collaboratively with others in a diverse community
  • Reflect on what he/she learned to take for future action

Service at Canadian Academy is

  • student initiated
  • student led
  • connects the volunteer and recipient
  • meaningful for the volunteer and recipient
  • a commitment for continuing support

Support from our own community

The Director of Service and the Director of Admissions and Advancement help the students with logistics and verify that the service follows CA's service philosophy. Faculty and parent support for service activities is crucial. Many of these opportunities cannot take place without adult support

Soup Kitchen

Year-long Service Activities include:

  • Elementary School Leadership Club
  • High School Student Body Council
  • Middle School Student Body Council
  • Mentor Program, KISS, Student Tech Leaders
  • Eco Club
  • Soup Kitchen
  • Shinseijuku Orphanage
  • Bilingual Cafe
  • Animal Refuge Kansai
  • Boy Scouts
  • Girl Scouts
  • CATV
  • Ushering
  • Service Learning in the Elementary School

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Four students selling calendars to raise money for local animal shelter