The Ambassador Council was established in the high school division of International School Manila (ISM) in 2012.  A student-centered organization, its mission is to proactively improve the overall health and well-being of the ISM high school student body.

The International Model of School Counseling Programs focuses on four main domains – Academic, Social/Emotional, Career and Global Perspectives – and serves as a guide for this council and its associate members. A copy of the student competencies from the international model can be found here.

Council and Associate Member Structure

The Ambassador Council is made up of two co-presidents, one public relations officer (PRO), one secretary and one treasurer. The council is under the direct supervision of the high school counseling department. Steve Ayling, Angela Respecki and Doug McQueen are official advisors of the 2013/2014 Ambassador Council.

There are also a number of associate members for this council. These students represent all grade levels in the high school and help to effectively execute the council’s core mission and goals. A male and female Grade Level Student Coordinator (GLSC) represent each grade’s members and are essentially responsible for coordinating them during particular projects and events.

All group members (including the Ambassador Council) are referred to as Student Ambassadors. They are identified as such by their blue “Ambassador” baller bands, their “Ambassador” bag tags and their light blue ISM polo shirts, which are worn during special school organized events.


Roles and Responsibilities

The Ambassador Council and Student Ambassadors are specifically responsible for:

  • Organizing and executing the New Student Orientation Day and providing on-going school year support for new students
  • Acting as a resource in the role of peer counseling to the entire student body when it comes to issues of health and well-being
  • Developing and leading workshops related to the three ASCA domains (e.g. a workshop on coping with stress)
  • Creating school events intended to promote school cohesiveness and spirit
  • Disseminating information that relates to promoting the health and well-being of the student body
  • Leading school tours to incoming students and their families

Due to the design and nature of this council and its mission, this group may work collaboratively with other councils at ISM and take on responsibilities that may fall outside those specifically stated above.

Membership and School Expectations

Members are selected annually through an application and interview process. As Student Ambassadors of International School Manila, members are expected to represent the school appropriately at all ISM events and consistently exemplify our core schools values:

Integrity, Service, Merit