CAS Trips was created by a team of experienced IB Educators to challenge the status quo of educational travel. Since our foundation in 2013, we have developed an original, holistic methodology that focuses on pushing the boundaries of experiential learning to positively impact students’ character development, while maintaining an uncompromising approach to Sustainability.
Using the UN Sustainable Development Goals as our framework, we research the key global issues affecting the Destinations where we travel, cultivate links with grassroots organizations striving to tackle them in a local context, and work with them to develop mutually beneficial CAS Trips activities.
Inspired by International Baccalaureate pedagogy, we create activities that immerse in local culture and actively challenge students in the categories of Creativity, Activity and Service. Our aim is to push students out of their comfort zones and prove how and why CAS can be meaningful and fun at the same time.
IB & CAS
We inspire students by harnessing the power of travel to open their minds to the value and best practice of their long-term CAS commitments. We plan our trips specifically to engage with as many of the 7 Learning Outcomes as possible, and incorporate our trademark Reflections Workshops and CAS Project Challenge into every trip to give students the tools, knowledge, and experience to continue with CAS successfully back home.
CAS Project Challenge
Our on-trip CAS Project Challenge Workshop ensures student impact continues beyond the limited time spent at a destination. At the end of every trip, we use the UN SDGs as a lens to understand how the experiences in a foregin culture can translate to situations and action in students’ own communities. Using the 5 Stages of CAS, small teams of students investigate and plan a self-initiated CAS Project to be implemented back home: Think Global, Act Local.
We believe in Ethical Service, which fulfills a genuine need with the rights, dignity and autonomy of all those involved respected at all times. In our urban Destinations, we partner with grassroots organizations to give students a taste of hands-on, meaningful volunteering, while in developing countries we seek to follow a model of Community-Led Service. Service is a key pillar of every CAS Trip.
IB Learner Profile
The aim of all IB programs is to develop internationally minded people who, recognizing their common humanity and shared guardianship of the planet, help to create a better and more peaceful world. As IB learners we strive to be:
We firmly believe that personal development comes directly through personal experience. CAS Trips participants will engage in experiences designed to push them out of their comfort zone, engaging with challenging topics that will encourage independent research, inquiry and collaborative work.
Through direct, personal interaction with communities, CAS Trips participants will develop a genuine understanding of cultural identity, tradition and problems and be able to critically evaluate the values and ideals of others in relation to their own. We use travel as a powerful tool to illuminate the path of personal development.
CAS Trips’ principal aim is to Educate, Challenge and Inspire. Through our unique methodology and frameworks, we introduce UN SDGs in a local and global context, make a real difference through Service Challenges and open a genuine dialog to develop a genuine understanding of these issues.
CAS Trips participants demonstrate empathy, compassion and respect by engaging with local people, understanding the issues relevant to them and showing a commitment to service. Students are taught transferable knowledge to take home and apply to their ongoing CAS commitments to ensure a sustainable, long-lasting positive impact on the world.
Reflections workshops and CAS Project sessions are a staple part of every CAS Trips experience. In these forums, students are encouraged to use critical and creative thinking skills to analyze and take responsible action on complex problem, exercising initiative in making reasoned, ethical decisions.
CAS Trips’ dynamic and engaging repertoire of CAS activities have been specifically designed by IB teachers to confront students with challenges that will engage the IB Learner Profile. Students will have to overcome independent and collaborative work challenges and be resourceful and resilient throughout.
We place a huge emphasis on collaboration, teamwork and effective situation management. We encourage independent thinking and creative expression through a variety of activities designed to push students out of their comfort zone and communicate ideas and solutions effectively.
Our unique Reflections Workshops teach students how to conduct genuine and purposeful reflections, encouraging balanced contemplation, analysis and to recognize our interdependence with other people and with the world in which we live.
Through CAS activities and challenges, CAS Trips participants must make considered decisions with integrity and honesty, with a strong sense of fairness and justice, and with respect for the dignity and rights of other people everywhere. Our methodology of experiential learning allows students to take responsibility for their actions and the consequences.
Reflections are an integral part of every CAS Trips experience. We give students a framework to thoughtfully consider the world with our ideas and experiences. Through team work, CAS projects and challenges, participants understand their strengths and weaknesses in order to support their personal development.