Taking responsibility for other people has been at the core of Salem education from the start. But helping people who are weaker or in distress requires special skills and knowledge, as well as dedication. These things are learned and practised in the Salem services. There are practical and technical skills, eg a first aid attendant must know how to put on a bandage properly, but also emotional qualities like reliability, team spirit, and staying power, because the tasks are carried out as a team. The Salem services are certainly one of the most original ideas of the school's founder, Kurt Hahn. Five principles define what they are meant to achieve: a sense of duty, competence, continuity, seriousness and opening up the school to the outside world. All Salem students from Year 9 onwards commit themselves to one of the services for one afternoon a week. They can choose from a many-facetted range of options according to their own main interest.
Basically there are three different types of Service at Salem. The Emergency Services, that involve a demanding course of technical training. The Social Service where the students are very involved in a wide range of facilities, and the other Services that are frequently politically motivated, such as for instance, the Sustainability Service or the Round Square Service.
Our Services are widely integrated in the area north of Lake Constance. The map shows, where our students are present and helpful.