The American International School of Lusaka is at the center of a warm, truly diverse international community that extends well beyond students, parents and staff. This page attempts to celebrate the many ways in which the AISL Community, including staff, students and parents come together to support each other and the wider community.
For more information about the Board, along with meeting minutes and reports can be found here - just use the Parent Portal password to access...
These pages are for current AISL members only and may require a password:
Here at AISL we have a growing parent community. The major aims of AISL's PTA are to encourage closer links between home and school and to organise events for parents, teachers, school staff and students. Most of our events are not for 'fund raising' but rather for encouraging members of our school community to integrate and feel part of our school family. We will continue to organise informative Coffee Morning sessions and aim to strengthen links with our local community.
PTA Coordinating Committee.
Mpumi Kamenga - Primary School Coordinator
Laura Lever - Secondary School Coordinator
Carolina Vilalva - Treasurer
Mariana Boley - Secretary
Ana Caprile, Primary Sports Coordinator
Jane Okafor, Secondary Sports Coordinator
Please watch the Leopard's Tale and this space for ways to get involved.
At AISL, and with the support of our wonderful PTA, we host many fun and exciting community events and initiatives throughout the year to bring our community together. Many of our events are built around opportunities for students to showcase their talents or for families to get together to celebrate the AISL Community. Here are but a few of these fantastic events:
Sports in the Community
AISL is at the hub of an active community with many football games, ultimate frisbee, swim galas, pilates classes, tennis lessons and swimming lessons taking place on the school grounds for all members of the community.
Within the AISL sports program, students have access to a rich sports and activities - see our dedicated sports and activities page for more information.
Outside the school campus, the AISL community have many other opportunities to be involved in a number of activities from horse riding to paintball - and so many in between...
Students in the Community
Partnership with Open Arms Community School and RHO Appleseed Community Center. Students work together to learn various types of African dance. Perform at end of the year event(s) such as the CSD assembly.
Brick to Brick:
Partnership with Habitat for Humanity, Zambia. A new group at AISL this year designed to partner with the larger organization to work on end of the year “build” projects. Also, work on smaller scale local projects that address immediate needs in the community.
Crafts with the Community:
Partnership with the Kabwata Cultural Center. Local artisans teach AISL students local craft making techniques. AISL students make and sell crafts to support the artisans and the Kabwata Cultural Center.
Give a Hoot:
This group was conceived with the idea of creating public awareness for environmental issues of local concern.
The Media Project:
Documenting school events and activities of the CSD. The Media Project taps into the creativity and skills of AISL students to work on creating beautiful photographs and projects that reflect the AISL community. Click here for more details.
RHO Appleseed Community Center:
Partnership with RHO Appleseed Community Center. Volunteer to work with young children at the RHO Appleseed Community Center located in the Bauleni housing compound. Fundraise to support school improvement efforts.
Swim with Tim:
Teach water safety and swimming to students who attend the Open Arms Community School and RHO Appleseed Community Center. Emphasis is on the basics in water safety and swimming. Fundraise with the Torpedoes Swim Club to provide students with swim costumes.
Create Art on Campus:
Identify, plan, and carry out school beautification projects (murals, creating student gathering spaces, etc.) Also, work on various projects that highlight the CSD program (i.e. mural of CSD group logos).
Collect & Create:
Partnership with APTERS and Taonga School. Visit APTERS and work with them to learn about various methods for reusing and recycling. Re-use waste products (i.e. cereal boxes, toilet rolls) to create games for children attending local schools. Work with Taonga School to teach games and how to make them with recycled material.
Drama in the Community:
Partnership with Appleseed and Open Arms. This group works with visiting students to teach creativity and expression through drama.
Develop community environmental awareness by initiating “green projects” such as composting and recycling on the AISL campus.
Partner with Lusaka National Park. The goal of this group is to help Lusaka National Park to offer better tools for visitors to navigate the park. Creating signage, identifying GPS coordinates and creating maps are all goals for this group.
Sports in the Community:
Partnership with Open Arms Community School and RHO Appleseed Community Center. Develop connections with local students through playing football.
Venter Valley Trailblazers:
Partnership with Venter Valley Conservation Project. Students visit the conservation area to cleanup, create and mark hiking trails. Promote conservation awareness.
Partnership with Open Arms Community School and RHO Appleseed Community Center. Develop connections with local school children through playing basketball. Raise funds to help develop local youth basketball programs.
Community School Tutoring:
Partnership with Open Arms Community School and RHO Appleseed Community Center. Provide tutoring services and facilitate educational games for students from local community schools and organizations.
Feed the People:
Partnership with Stop Hunger Now. Develop community global awareness by supporting local food relief efforts. Also, serve lunch to over 100 visiting students during one or more extended service days. They will also start local projects like sack gardens in the local housing compound.
Kumawa (Project Based Learning using Technology):
New group designed to have AISL students create and implement project based learning units at a local school and with visiting students to AISL. They will also work with local children to help them use technology like personal computers.
PAWZ (Protecting Animals within Zambia):
Partnership with Lusaka Animal Welfare Society (LAWS). Volunteer to interact with the animals, clean and paint the facility, and fundraise.
Student News Action:
Document the efforts of Community and Service Groups as well as reporting on other school news via Leopard’s Republic blog and the Leopard’s Tale. Learn techniques to improve journalistic and photojournalistic skills.
Trotover (A Horse Haven):
More info to come
AISL takes pride in offering our students and their families the best campus facilities in Lusaka. In an effort to protect, maintain, and secure them, all facilities use must be approved in advance. All coaches, individuals, groups, and organizations who wish to use AISL facilities for any activity not directly sponsored by the school must first obtain official written approval. This applies to all facilities, including sports fields, pools, tennis courts, the covered court, the PAC, or classroom spaces. In order to cover AISL costs, fees may apply. For questions or to apply to use AISL facilities, please contact Martina van Vlaanderen (firstname.lastname@example.org).
Food service at AISL
AISL has two tuck shops catered by Liz Cooke and her crew from The Sunflower Kitchen; the main canteen is located on the Primary Campus, while a smaller tuck shop is located on the Secondary campus.
Both canteens are designed to provide the community with quick, healthy and tasty food throughout the school day and during events on campus. All food is prepared daily on the premises using fresh ingredients. The menu consists of a daily hot lunch, and a variety of snacks and beverages.
Office Hours: Monday - Thursday: 07:15 - 15:45 / Friday: 07:15 - 14:30