What is Project Week?
Project Week is a chance to use the skills you’ve learned at ISAK to bring positive change to the world. It’s a unique time for you to practice leadership while pursuing something you find interesting, important, and exciting.
When is Project Week?
Project Week happens each year in October and April. All classes are cancelled so students can attend workshops, give presentations, create proposals, volunteer, and travel abroad. For many students, these experiences are life-changing!
Project Week – Grade 10
Fall Project Week for G-10 students is devoted to developing the ISAK core leadership principle of mindfulness. Students take workshops that help them explore their purpose and passions as they learn to identify what is most important. Activities include self and group reflection, outdoor team building exercises and a challenging daylong group hike.
During Spring Project Week, G-10 students divide into small groups and work with business professionals and entrepreneurs to tackle problems and explore possibilities for the long-term projects they will work on through graduation.
“Every activity taught me a lot of things I think I would never get to experience in other schools or even be taught at this age, such as how to craft a vision, form a team, storytelling, and introducing us to different models of organizations and how they function. We will benefit from this in the long run as we grow to adults and pursue our careers”
– G-10 Student
Project Week – Grade 11 & 12
G-11 teams spend Fall Project Week developing concrete objectives for their projects and testing ideas. Depending on the project, this might mean a few days in Tokyo interviewing college professors, running a small workshop in Karuizawa, or hiking in the mountains. At the end of the week, students pitch their ideas to business professionals from places like Cool Japan Fund, SCSK, and Recruit Holdings for feedback and judging.
Most G-11 teams spend their Spring Project Week off campus, turning their projects into a reality. Because these projects are completely student designed and led, team members are responsible for everything, including making their own travel arrangements!
Fall Project Week is the final project week for G-12 groups to take direct action to fulfill their project missions. Many groups travel abroad, while other groups stay in Japan to focus on a local issues. Throughout the process, ISAK students can make real change happen as they work to turn their ideas into positive outcomes for people, animals and the planet!
Project Week is made possible in part by generous support from Mizuho Financial Corp., Inc.