Originally from Belgium, Mr. Dankaerts has worked in international education for more than 30 years and at ASH since 2013. A scholar of ancient Greek and Latin, he has taught Latin, Social Studies, History, and Advisory in Brussels, Jeddah and The Hague. Currently the CAS & Service Learning Coordinator at ASH, Mr. Dankaerts has been actively involved in the global service learning movement since the early 1990’s, participating in and leading workshops and presentations.
Mr. Dankaerts has played a significant role in shaping and developing the community service and global service learning program at ASH. By connecting student learning to specific initiatives that address a genuine community need and establishing partnerships on a local and global scale, ASH students gain an appreciation for unique issues, and gradually develop the skills and attitudes to help identify social and environmental hurdles that require our attention and how they can support these.
Through the ASH community service program, our students help tighten our already strong community fabric and enjoy a collaborative partnership with our many neighbors. The ASH global service learning program helps our older students to build long term, sustainable relationships with our global partners and put their learning into action through direct service experiences. Click here for examples about how our students engage locally and globally.
Mr. Dankaerts is a graduate of the Principals Training Center, a trained mindfulness teacher, has participated in multiple accreditation team visits, oversaw International Award groups, and led numerous cultural and service trips in Europe, Africa, and Asia. In addition to his teaching job at ASH, Mr. Dankaerts also created the Belgian charity Leraars zonder Grenzen (Teachers Without Borders), served on the Board of Enseignants sans Frontieres, volunteered at the Aspern Foundation in Kiev, and served as chair of the ECIS Social Studies Committee.
When not involved in educational pursuits, Mr. Dankaerts's passions include discovering new places, reading and long distance hiking.