Student Delegate Welcome

Dear Delegates,

Wamukelekile to the 9th Global Issues Service Summit!

We are so excited you have joined us in Johannesburg, South Africa for this amazing conference! Our summit theme is “Phambili: Moving forward to face the challenges of the future.” We’re looking forward to hearing you open up, share your inspirations, beliefs and passions, and work together towards creating sustainable solutions.

The Conference will provide the tools, resources, ideas, and support you need to return home and make positive changes in your schools, communities, and across the globe. We are transforming the way we serve to continuously improve our ability be more effective and improve the environment around us. Each year our conference reunites scholars and practitioners and provides a likeminded community for members new to our Conference and to the broader field. Indeed, we have a rich intellectual history.

I would like to thank each of your for attending our conference and bringing your expertise to our gathering. You, as service leaders, have the vision, the knowledge and the experience to help us pave our way into the future. You are truly our greatest asset today and tomorrow, and we could not accomplish what we do without your support and leadership.

Throughout this conference, I ask you to stay engaged, keep us proactive and help us shape the future. We welcome you on this journey and offer gratitude to all who have carried this work out before us.

Ngikufisela iwela! (Good Luck)

Some important contacts that you can reach out to during the conference should you need anything:

GISS Coordinator; Juan Jacobs Sheblak: +27 81 711 6084 email:

AISJ Service Learning Coordinator: Tara Barton: +27 73 693 6595 email: