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.
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.
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:
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.