CAS - Trip to Bali
Every March during project week, grade 11 students embark on their second CAS trip to Bali. They spend one day doing social work at a local school, such as teaching English to the Indonesian children and, in return, get taught a bit of Bahasa by them. Afterwards, they all play traditional games together.
The aim of this social learning project is rather fostering the interaction with local children than getting physical work done. As part of the trip all students usually go on a day long trek as well, during which they climb a volcano and visit remote villages, learn to play "gamelan" and dance the traditional Balinese dances. Finally, the day concludes with white water rafting down a river close to Ubud.
Quotes from students - March 2014Samantha Van Mil
"I have took part in organizing and thinking about a teaching lesson for the children at the Orphanage. At first, I was nervous and scared to teach, I did not know what they expected and how good their english was. It turned out that this was very fun to do. The children in all four classrooms were nice and joined actively in the lesson we had planned for them. I was interested to know how they lived, and one girl who was 16 years old tried to explain to me in her broken English how they lived. I liked this activity the most because even though their English was not perfect, they were not afraid of trying to speak English, even though they would make mistakes. For the last lesson, my group did a game of "Chinese whispers" at which the class made up a sentences in Balinese and we had to repeat the sentences. It was so funny to them that we made so many mistakes and it seemed like we had some kind of bond built. I like that idea."Jessica Vetters
"We continued our walk around the volcano for a couple of hours which was really cool, and I thought it was absolutely beautiful and like something I had never done before. I will never forget this hike up and around the volcano. But this wasn't the only mesmerizing activity. We also did white water rafting which was absolutely beautiful as well and fun."Caroline Lindegaard
"The entire walk was amazing, up the mountain at 3am, reaching the top at 5.00 - 5.30am then having breakfast with the sunrise. Then we kept going up the mountain. It was really beautiful."