In Kurt Hahn‘s concept of education, experiental learning is a core component. How can we understand something if we do not also live it? How to further the mind without considering the body? In addition to the CAS program, UWC Robert Bosch College offers project weeks, outdoor activities, a Global Affairs program and work in the School Garden as learning opportunities balancing traditional classroom teaching.
Learning to identify one’s own strengths and weaknesses, setting goals, developing one’s personality: through CAS; students become agents for their own personal growth.
OUR CAS PROGRAM
CAS stands for Creativity, Activity and Service. Together, these core areas form the part of education at UWC that values students taking responsibility, learning how to approach others with empathy or developing their creative or physical skills. Once a week, students get involved in one of those three areas, not only getting to know Freiburg and its variety of social and cultural institutions, but also furthering their own leadership skills. Being self-determined and knowing how to organize oneself are important requirements for CAS. At the moment, the College offers 70 activities, many of them initiated and organized by students. In the service sector, we currently have 40 projects running, 24 of them in cooperation with Freiburg institutions and organizations. Learn more about our projects in the below slider gallery.Cooperation Partners
Parkinson’s dancers: In this service activity, 11 students explore movement together with dancer and choreographer Monika Gilette and Parkinson’s patients.
Once per week students help at the ‘Tafel’, a food market for those in need, by collecting groceries from local stores, storing it in the shop and selling it to customers.
Since 2014, we have been cooperating with the neighbouring care home called Johannisheim. This photo was taken during a joint project, which consisted of modelling miniature versions of our school building to connect past and present memories of one and the same place (care home and school).
The RBC Strings play concerts in numerous Freiburg institutions, for example schools, care homes or hospitals.
Soccer is one of the activities run and led by students. Other activities offered are basketball, rugby, ultimate frisbee, swimming, track and field or triathlon, to name a few.
At the local refugee center Kappler Knoten, UWC students work together with the Red Cross to provide support to children and women.
Multiple teachers propose yoga classes in the Room of Silence, a popular choice among students.
Real learning begins where boundaries are crossed. This is true for intercultural exchange, one’s own ideas and ideals but also the physical realm.
Changing perspectives and overcoming challenges together are important learning outcomes of project weeks.
Project Weeks happen once every term and are a favorite among the students. Before spreading all over Europe in groups, the students as well as an advisory staff member spend weeks researching, planning and organizing a concrete project, which typically focuses on the ideas of service or experiental education. In this process and with a set budget of 23 Euros per person and day, students manage finding a project host, location and accommodation completely on their own and are responsible for getting safely from the College to their destination and back. Some groups are accompanied by a staff member, while the majority travels without. Experience has proven that carrying responsibility for themselves and for others is an important foundation for personal growth and student autonomy.
UWC Robert Bosch College offers an outdoor program, run by several staff members and social pedagogues. The program is varied and includes hiking and camping trips in the nearby Black Forest or mountain biking in the woods behind the College. In addition to the CAS activities run by the students, the outdoor program is an important balance to academic life and a great way to spend time with friends outside or learn more about the beautiful area surrounding the school.
The annual camping retreat is part of our orientation program for second-years coming back to the College.
LEARNING IN OUR SCHOOL GARDEN
Sustainability in a real-life environment: the former Carthusian Monastery garden is at the heart of our College and provides a space for learning and recreation.
The monastery garden is home to an incredible plant diversity, which is enhanced each year by seeds and ideas brought back by students from all over the world.
The former garden of the historical Carthusian monastery has been awarded official School Garden by Land Baden-Württemberg in 2016. As part of their CAS program and beyond, students are encouraged to acquire basic knowledge in gardening and organic agriculture. Together with our team of gardeners and pedagogues, students run the School Garden both in winter and in summer, learning to sow, dig, cut branches or plant young trees. Within our sustainability concept, the garden has become a vital component to showcase global processes on an area of 0,2 hectare. Since 2015, our garden has been used by the foundation Pro Specie Rara to exhibit rare and endangered plants and species. We also have our own bee hive, allowing us to serve homemade honey during the working breaks.
For Freiburg locals, there is an opportunity to help with gardening and learn from our experts every Friday between 15-18 pm: simply send an email to [email protected] to let our team know that you would like to join. Being part of the Friday volunteer group is a great way to learn more about organic agriculture and get to know our students.Learn more