Service learning is a core element of IB programmes and students must complete this component to successfully finish both the MYP and DP programmes. In the MYP programme it is called Action for Service (AFS), in the Diploma Programme it is called Creativity, Action and Service (CAS)
Action (learning by doing and experiencing) is a key component in constructivist models of education, including the kind of teaching and learning common to all IB programmes. Action in the IB Continuum continues across all three programmes and is as an essential component of the learning process, both as part of the IB educational philosophy and as a practical outcome of students’ learning.
Through responsible action, tightly connected with sustained inquiry and critical reflection, students develop the attributes described by the IB learner profile. These are essential for success in future academic pursuits and becoming a responsible global citizen. The service as action continuum is summarised by the following diagram.