At Casvi International American School we carry out several solidarity projects in the International Baccalaureate. The objective is to form students who show solidarity with the world around them. In our school, we offer the continuum of the three IB Programs (PYP, MYP and DP) with the purpose of helping students develop social, emotional and intellectual skills that will help them face the constant changes and challenges of the 21st century.
In this way, we focus on students meeting the ten attributes of the IB profile. One of them is “caring”.
“We show empathy, sensitivity and respect. We are committed to helping others and act with the purpose of positively influencing people’s lives and the world around us.”
Emily VaderKamp explains in her article “Strategies for Developing Caring Young People” that “a caring school culture is best developed when caring is an essential part of the institution and is present at all levels and in all functions. For a school to be supportive, the management, teachers and students must share an ethic of solidarity”.
This is how we act at Casvi International American School. Students and teachers have an IB mentality that makes them attach great importance to solidarity. Thus, students lead different solidarity projects that aim to have a positive impact on people and the environment.
In accordance with educational legislation, in order to guarantee an adequate education, it is necessary to “provide an integral and balanced education”. In this aspect, the solidarity and community service education that is carried out in Casvi International American School from the first stages stands out.
In the PYP stage we encounter service as action. This is a fundamental element in this stage that requires students to collaborate with their local community through the Community Project or Personal Project. It also provides opportunities for students to explore, design, implement and reflect on their efforts to positively impact their local environment. Through these service-as-action experiences, students learn the value of community involvement and can better understand the issues around them.
For its part, the Diploma Program works on solidarity through CAS (Creativity, Activity and Service), which emphasizes helping students develop their own identity in accordance with the ethical principles and learning profile of the International Baccalaureate. Furthermore, according to the University of Bath’s study “The Effects of CAS on Students and Communities”, CAS helps students become better at “facing new challenges”, “learning to persevere” and “developing better interpersonal skills”.
“There is nothing stronger in the world than the heart of a volunteer.”
Our solidarity students always show their great implication to achieve a better world with the realization of different projects. Some of them are: