Learning Service with CMRCA
All CMRCA curriculums are custom-build to suit the needs of our clients.
Most programs include elements of outdoor adventure, leadership, and intercultural experience. We are excited to work together with your school or organization to craft a program that aligns with your group's academic and personal goals.
CMRCA programs introduce students to a dialogue about what it means to do service. What is it that motivates students to give service? We facilitate a process where students begin to reframe their own perspective and create new and powerful definitions of service. CMRCA asks questions like: What is service? Is it building houses, playing with children, or engaging openly with a street vendor? Who is it for? Is it for the community or for the student? What is the purpose? Is it for an IB curriculum requirement, a college application, a warm feeling, or a desire to change an undesirable situation?
We engage in projects that have a clear purpose and align with the needs and goals of a local community. We work closely with local leaders in the areas where we run service trips to choose projects with real impact. This can include volunteering with NGO’s, sponsoring leadership and adventure programs for local children, facilitating English camps, or visiting with experts to discuss different ways to approach global issues.
While a finished product can be satisfying, the service often ends on the last day of the project. We believe that true service begins on short trips, and is realized over a lifetime. Our goal is to plant a seed in students’ minds, cultivating an awareness that creates passion and motivates them to act. We challenge students to recognize their personal motivation to do service and explore ways in which they can live service every day in any community.
TestimonialsHear from our past adventurers
The learning is often life-changing
For the last five years Yew Chung International School of Shanghai (YCIS) has been bringing our Year 12 students to work with Chiang Mai Rock Climbing Adventure (CMRCA) and the service they provide is truly exceptional!!! I have worked with loads of organisations through my role as the CAS Coordinator and Field Trip Coordinator and CMRCA is the best in so many areas including:
Equipments and Facilities – All aspects including climbing gear, transport, lunch, merchandise and of course the Crazy Horse Buttress are superb.
Safety and Care – All guides are well trained and extremely diligent when it comes to the safety of the students. Guides are extremely observant, kind, considerate and caring and address both the physical and emotional needs of the students.
Education – The learning that occurs within the students that participate (and ALL my students participate) is massive and often life-changing. Students learn a great deal about rock-climbing, caving and abseiling, about the geography and geology, about Thai culture, about team-work, about their individual strengths and weaknesses, about goal-setting, about supporting others, about trust and about overcoming fears. The learning is enormous and as a teacher – this is what I am primarily looking for in during a school outing.
Fun – The guides are outstanding and know how to make each person enjoy the experience, have a laugh, smile and claim some form of personal victory.
Guides and Leaders – The CMRCA crew are second to none!
I strongly recommend taking students through the CMRCA programme and believe whole-heartedly that the students, their parents and the teachers will not be disappointed but rather they will be blown away!
CMRCA is the best!
Second to None
The Visiting Schools Program, (VSP) part of the Traidhos Three-Generation Community for Learning (PTIS) has been successfully providing experiential education student trips to northern Thailand for ten years, and we are very proud to have worked with Chiang Mai Rock Climbing Adventures for seven of those years.
Our VSP groups come from all over the world to participate in a wide range of activities, all of which engage students to challenge themselves, broaden their perspectives, and promote personal growth.
Over the last seven years, many hundreds of students of all ages have visited Chiang Mai Rock Climbing Adventures (CMRCA) as part of their program with VSP, and without fail, CMRCA continuously provides premier climbing and caving experiences for our school groups.
When working with CMRCA, we are constantly assured by the superb delivery of the very high standards and thoroughness used throughout their program. The safety considerations and equipment, partnered with the excellent climbing training and student support are second to none. The passion and commitment of Josh Morris and all of the CMRCA staff shines through to inspire confidence in our student participants to face the demands of climbing and overcome them.
CMRCA creates a unique learning environment encouraging personal growth and exposure to challenge through the adventure of climbing and caving, but the experience and knowledge gained goes far beyond the rock face as students also learn the values of trust, support and working as a team.
A day climbing with CMRCA is very often one of the highlights of our student’s trip to Thailand, and we fully recommend without hesitation the skills and service that CMRCA offers, and thoroughly commend the personal learning and sense of achievement that each student takes from this memorable experience.
A Safe And Supportive Environment
The American Community School of Abu Dhabi took a trip to Chiang Mai with 85 8th grade students and their chaperones. We spent two unforgettable days with CMRCA caving and rock climbing.
The staff were professional and knowledgeable while they guided our students through the caving and rock climbing activities. The students were encouraged to explore their physical and mental limits in a safe and supportive environment.
Without exaggeration, our time with CMRCA was the highlight of our trip for the vast majority of the students on the trip. We will be back next year!