The perfect opportunity to complete your IB CAS projects, our CAS trip in Xi’an, China, sees students participating in calligraphy lessons, biking round the ancient city walls and volunteering at a children’s home, without missing out on the cultural Chinese experiences. Here’s our CAS trip in China at a glance:
- Day 1: city walls bike ride, Muslim Quarter market, Drum and Bell tower
- Day 2: Terracotta Warriors, Great Wild Goose Pagoda, dance and music performance
- Day 3: children’s home service project
- Day 4: service project, calligraphy lesson, Little Goose Pagoda, reflection session
- Day 5: Shu Yuan Men art street
Like what you see? Discover the abundant opportunity to develop creativity, activity and service skills in our detailed itinerary below! But remember, all our school trips are completely customisable.
*Prices based on groups of 20 students and 2 free teachers.
✓ All accommodation costs
✓ Full board meals for the entire trip
✓ All transportation costs, including airport pick-up and drop-off
✓ All activities listed in the itinerary
✓ 1 free teacher per 10 paying students
✓ 24-hour emergency contact support during the trip
✓ Detailed pre-departure summary & briefing
✓ Full financial failure protection
✓ Public liability insurance
✓ Our trips are fully risk-assessed
Day 1: The Ancient Capital
This is it! Jump straight into the absolute must-do in Xi’an, the bike ride around the top of the ancient city walls. They’re China’s best-preserved city fortifications. Contrast this mark of the old historic city with the soaring skyscrapers of modern Xi’an.
After checking into your accommodation, go to Xi’an’s historic Muslim Quarter market. This is where the traders from across the Silk Road first settled in China. Make sure you sample the unique flavours of Hui Muslim food.
Finish off your first day with an evening stroll to see the Drum and Bell tower lit up at night.
Day 2: The Terracotta Warriors
No trip to Xi’an would be complete without venturing out of the city and into the past with the Terracotta Warriors. This is one of the world’s most mysterious necropolises (just 1% of the whole complex has been excavated!) and a scientific marvel (ask our specialists about the worksheets we have available for this visit).
Forget the Leaning Tower of Pisa. Xi’an presents you with at the Great Wild Goose Pagoda, which leans to the West and is deemed a UNESCO World Heritage Site for its Buddhist and architectural significance.
We hope you’ve worked up an appetite, because now you’re off to an all-you-can-eat dumpling feast, followed by a Tang Dynasty dance and music performance.
Day 3: Children’s Home Service Project
It’s time for service. Travel to a children’s home that The Learning Adventure has been working with for years. This home was founded for children whose legal guardians have been incarcerated. It’s important to us that we make a positive difference, so the organisation only approves projects they deem helpful. We recommend a building project for secondary/high school students and a more interactive learning-teaching project for younger students.
Day 4: Finish Your Service Project
Take the morning to finish up your service project. Say goodbye to the friends you’ve made, then head back to Xi’an.
Roll up your sleeves and challenge yourself in a traditional calligraphy lesson near the Little Goose Pagoda. This pagoda has a fascinating architectural history – in 1487, a violent earthquake created a large crack down the middle. A subsequent earthquake in 1521 caused the crack to magically disappear overnight! Due to its unique hemisphere foundations, the pagoda is the architectural version of a never-fall doll.
Your CAS trip is almost over, so spend the evening in a reflection session, discussing what you’ve learned and experienced in China.
Day 5: Home Time
If you’ve got time, squeeze in a visit to a peaceful art street called Shu Yuan Men. This is the time to pick up some last-minute souvenirs!
Then, it’s home time. But it’s not over – your experiences in Xi’an will follow you back to the classroom…and beyond!