Service Learning at George School

At George School, service, community, empathy, and a global perspective are so important that they are intertwined in the fabric of daily life. Service here is not merely a graduation requirement to be checked off. It is part of who we are as a Quaker school.

While we think globally, we start by acting locally—here on campus. In co-op, you will work alongside your fellow students to keep our community humming along. You’ll find that freshman “shift” in the dining hall is part right of passage and part investment in your new home and family.

As an upperclass student you will engage in an off-campus service-learning project, working face-to-face with the underserved and disempowered. You can choose from the school’s international and domestic service trips, take part in a local project, or organize your own—whatever speaks to you and enables you to let your life speak.

Like thousands of George School students before you, you’ll probably find service learning eye-opening, energizing, powerful, life-changing—and the life you change may very well be your own.

Our Faculty

Service Learning Coordinator Meredith Baldi '01 experienced the power of service learning first through the lens of a student.

Service Learning Courses

Service Projects

Co-op Program

Capital City Farms
Students at work with Capital City Farms in Trenton, NJ, helping to grow healthy and sustainable food in partnership with the Trenton Area Soup Kitchen.
Cradles to Crayons
Students after a week dedicated to sorting and packaging clothes at the Giving Factory for Cradles to Crayons in Philadelphia.
GS Thrift Store
George School students remodeled the GS Thrift store in support of equitable access to clothing and in an effort to reduce fast fasion and improve environmental sustainability. Clothes not distributed to our community were packed up and donated to refugees in Athens.
Students on spring break giving their time to organize and package hundreds of pounds of food at Mercer Street Friends Food Bank.
Judge's Shack
Students installing over 400 linear feet of snow fence as part of a sand dune restoration project in an effort to support historic land preservation at the Judge's Shack on coastal NJ.
George School hosted a Nowruz celebration to welcome evacuated Afghan families recently resettled in our area.
George School student and teacher Erin Sio take in the incredible views of wild elephants, zebras, and more on a South African Safari ride during the Art, Ecology and Social Justice trip.
George School students work with HOPE Cape Town to renovate the local garden and playground on the Art, Ecology & Social Justice trip.
George School students organize the books they collected from a book drive to benefit a local shelter during the South Africa: Art, Ecology & Social Justice service trip.
The Storytelling for Social Justice class learns about the history of Minoan civilization to better understand the historical elements of myth in Crete, Greece.
Students having fun painting shutters in an effort to support “The Golden House,” Love Without Borders’ accommodation program where refugees can live in dignified housing in Athens, Greece.
George School students film a podcast to share Athenian refugee stories at non-profit Love Without Borders in Athens, Greece.