SABIS® Alumni Global Association

ISC-Erbil Alumni Intern at SABIS® Network Schools in Kurdistan

Oct 2016 #SabisAlumniGlobalAssociation

Schools in the global SABIS® Network are renowned for helping students build a strong academic foundation which they can expand upon in their pursuit of success. Through involvement in the SABIS Student Life Organization®, students who graduate from SABIS® Network schools are also well on their way to becoming responsible, hardworking individuals who are committed to making a difference in their communities.  Combining their knowledge and commitment, alumni of the International School of Choueifat – Erbil (ISC-Erbil) in Kurdistan, Iraq, recently participated in a new summer internship program in the region.

In the summer of 2016, the International School of Choueifat – Erbil (ISC-Erbil) launched a summer internship program for its graduates. The program, which was designed to enhance graduates’ resumes, included 16 ISC-Erbil graduates.  Eight interns undertook the responsibilities of subject teachers in a summer school session offered to students at Fakhir Mergasori International School (FMIS), a SABIS® Private-Public Partnership (PPP) school in Kurdistan. These eight interns spent their summer helping students in grades 2 to 7 who needed extra support in English and math.  The second group of eight interns took on administrative tasks at ISC-Erbil where they worked closely with the Office Manager and Academic Quality Controllers, as well as helped welcome Kindergarten students in their first few days at school.

ISC-Erbil alumni interns working closely with staff at their alma mater

The internship program was a resounding success based on feedback from both the alumni interns and schools.  One of the participants in the program was Mohammed Nahro, ISC-Erbil, Class of 2013, who said, “All my efforts were for the sole aim of giving back what the school had given me. It was a wonderful experience.”  ISC-Erbil School Director Stephan Kleynhans praised the program and the alumni involved.  “The conduct and dedication of the group of alumni interns was extremely positive – exactly what we would expect from a group of young people who graduated from a SABIS® Network school,” he said.

The successful internship program will be repeated in the summer of 2017.  Interested ISC-Erbil alumni should keep in touch with the school to stay informed about application timelines.  If you are a graduate from any SABIS® Network school and are looking for ways to give back, contact your alma mater or get involved in your school’s SABIS® Alumni Global Association (SAGA) chapter.

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