CAS Project Week in Chiang Mai, Northern Thailand
May 14, 2019

A CAS (Creativity, Activity, Service) project is a collaborative, well-organized series of sequential CAS experiences, engaging students in one or more of the CAS strands of creativity, activity and service. Within the IB Diploma Programme, students are required to involve in a CAS project to fulfill the requirement of the programme.

Our school organized a CAS project from 25th March to 29th of March 2019, bringing 20 5IB (Year 1) students to Chiang Mai, northern Thailand. During these 7 days, students got involved in various activities such as organizing arts and sports activities to primary students and orphans, attended a Thai cooking class, did farm work, designed pottery cups and made recycled paper by using elephant’s poo. Students demonstrated their strengths and abilities to initiate and plan activities collaboratively for the project.

Students got an opportunity to visit the local elephant hospital. They understood how human activities harm the elephants and how kind-hearted people tried their best to conserve the elephants. Students reflected during and at the end of the CAS project, to identify issues of global significance, recognize personal growth and achievements, and plan for their next CAS experience. 

Teacher-in-charge: Mr Poon Tsun Hong Carson, Ms Iu Yiu

Service in the orphanage

Right before beginning our activities with the kids, I was terrified with what was to come. To my surprise, this was one of my most memorable experiences in my life. I never thought that I would have the chance to meet such amazing kids. We prepared a few games and the instructions but when we played the games, there were only a few that really attracted the children and we always had to improvise. However, the water balloon fight in the end was a great way to end this awesome trip and our time with the kids. It really made me wonder about how their daily lives were. I was very emotionally attached with the kids and it dawned on me that they don’t really have anyone to take care of them. It really made me think about the purpose of such an eye-opening activity, to make them happy. I hope in the future, I get to go to different countries and help the kids in need. There is a clear advantage for people like us to do work like this that can make a difference in the world and I hope I can be a part of that.

Haque Jannatun Nayeem

Farm work

I got a chance to be a farmer at Ginger Farm in Chiang Mai, Thailand, for an afternoon. Starting from getting to know the cycle of planting rice, we had a rare opportunity to do rice seedling on the rice paddy by myself. I was absolutely thrilled when I stepped into the muddy rice paddy with my socks soaked with mud. After touring the farm and observing a diverse range of animals like eel, shrimp, and lobster, I had the chance to ride on a buffalo and it felt so good that I never expected before. Feeding chickens and picking eggs left me the most unique memory. That was completely a second-to-none experience for me when we had so much fun and built up some precious memories with my dear classmates.

Carson Lau