Creativity, Activity and Service

CAS enables students to enhance their personal and interpersonal development through experiential learning.

Creativity, Activity and Service (CAS) is at the heart of the Diploma Program. It is one of the three essential elements in every student’s Diploma Program experience. It involves students in a range of activities alongside their academic studies throughout the Diploma Program. The three strands of CAS, which are often interwoven with particular activities, are characterized as follows.

Creativity: Arts, and other experiences that involve creative thinking.


Activity: Physical exertion contributing to a healthy lifestyle, complementing academic work elsewhere in the Diploma Program.


Service: An unpaid and voluntary exchange that has a learning benefit for the student. The rights, dignity, and autonomy of all those involved are respected.


CAS enables students to enhance their personal and interpersonal development through experiential learning.

(From Creativity, Activity, Service guide for students graduating in 2010 and thereafter Diploma Program)

At our school

In 11th grade our school offers several activities for students to work throughout the year.

Pastoral Cumbayá: Students help, along with the community, planning recreational activities for seniors and children who attend the church in Cumbayá. They also provide lunch and plan special programs for the group.


Special Olympics: Students attend every other week to help the Special Athletes in the Carolina Park where they are involved in several sports like soccer, basketball, tennis and athletics.


Red Cross Training: Students attend every other week to receive training in three modules. First aid, Pre-hospital care and crisis management.


Nursing Home: Students attend every week to a Nursing Home in which they engage in activities with the seniors, like memory games, recreational activities among others.


Children’s Home: Students help the nuns with the children in their homework and several other activities like washing dishes, pealing potatoes, folding clothes and plan recreational activities as well.

Tutoring: Students go to a nearby community center in Carcelén, helping children with their homework, give English classes and plan recreational activities.


Habitat for Humanity: Students in this group plan activities to raise money to help Habitat for Humanity Ecuador and they travel to a community at the end of the school year to help build a house for a family designated by the Foundation.


Music: Students that are part of the IB group in music are part of this activity. They plan and perform in the other CAS groups like the Children’s home and the Senior’s home.


United Nations: Students participate in the different Models of UN throughout the year. They participate in CAMINU and prepare for debates in which they become familiar with global realities.

CAS in 12th grade (3º BGU)

In 12th grade, activities are independent and students may select their own activities as long as they are associated with one of the three pillars of CAS:  Creativity, Activity and Service.


The CAS program requires students to work in their CAS program for 18 months continuously and to meet the eight learning objectives.


This is also aligned with the requirements of the Ministry of Education that asks for 200 hours of participation in activities of service, creativity and action.