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Creativity, Action, Service (CAS) is a mandatory core component for every student of the IB Diploma Programme. Students are expected to participate in this programme over the 2 years IB lasts.

CAS is a non-academic programme which encompasses cultural/creative/artistic and sport activities. Such activities aim to encourage the holistic development of the students and interaction with the local community where the student decides to carry out social and environmental projects.

Servicio comunitarioIn most cases, activities are led by the very students, who are supervised by the CAS Director and in most cases, also a tutor. The availability of these activities is always subject to the offer and demand amongst the students. Besides, none of these services carries any religious or political connotations whatsoever, according to the UWC organisation general principles.

However, this programme gains a new and wider outreach in the United World Colleges framework; students are now encouraged to carry out additional activities during the evenings and Project Weeks to the minimum of 150 hours stipulated in the IB.

As a first approach to the CAS Programme at the UWC España the following activities shall be proposed:


Creativity: language lessons, choir, music ensembles, cinema-forum, Human Rights-AI, Model United Nations, etc.

Action: yoga, tai-chi, dance, aerobics, football, basketball, swimming, trekking, volleyball, skiing, etc.

Service/Community Interaction: in this block of activities synergy shall be sought with NGOs and institutions working in the region of Cantabria, other parts of Spain and North Africa. For example: Marcelino Botín Foundation, Town Council of Comillas, Cantabrian Coordinator of NGOs, etc. The following themes will be developed through service activities in Comillas, Santander and neighbouring  towns, although projects will be undertaken during Project Weeks in other parts of Spain and even abroad:

  • Education: English conversation and leisure activities delivered at primary and secondary schools.
  • Interaction with elderly and hospitalised children: design and delivering of leisure activities at old people’s homes and hospitals.
  • Development:
  1. Community development: students shall learn about community-based participatory research (CBPR) and needs evaluation, doing surveys about the needs of the community members and various specific groups so as to implement action plans with the group/organization the student is working for and based on their research.
  2. Rural development/environmental protection: students shall learn rural planning and management techniques (forest management, recovery of traditional buildings, cattle farming, rural tourism, etc).
  • Interaction with groups at risk of social exclusion: support activities with adults with intellectual disabilities, homeless people, etc.

Campus Service: students shall undertake a service within the campus, too. Activities found at other United World Colleges are: school’s newspaper, yearbook design, recycling patrol, library assistance, IT assistance, gardening, etc.


Furthermore, the UWC España seeks to foster  youth social entrepreneurship within the UWC organisation. Working groups between students of this UWC and young people from the local community and the Mediterranean region will be promoted to design and implement innovative and economically sustainable projects. These shall have a great impact in increasing participation of young people.