Course Description

CAS CERTIFICATE: each student will receive a certificate with exact dates, hours and description of the accomplished program and duties.


Are you interested in being inspired by your CAS programme and/or get inspiration for your CAS programme in a unique & traditional alpine setting? Then come and attend our 7-day CAS Adventure Trip to the picturesque mountain village of Mariazell and the Ötscher region in the Austrian Alps.

If you also wish to have this unique experience recognised for CAS hours, then you may also want to check back with your CAS Coordinator at your IB school prior to joining us…

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Mariazell is a picturesque small alpine town in the Ybbstal Alps with an impressive history dating back to the 12th century. It is located in the centre of Austria, about 1.5 hours drive from Vienna. It is known for its magnificent gothic basilica and has therefore been a place of intercultural meetings since many centuries. But this region is also known for its astonishing landscape, canyons, turquoise waterfalls and its spectacular national park with impressive wildlife including rare brown bear and lynx.

You will be immersed in the old Austrian culture & traditions of a mountain village, bake brown bread, milk cows and make butter and cheese, and will experience breathtaking mountain hikes and spend a couple nights in a typical ‘Schutzhaus’ whilst discovering the secrets of this spectacular national park with our nature guide.

You will also be helping the local rangers repair foot paths, small wood bridges, combat neophyte populations and clean up this magnificent nature park. You will learn about the ecosystem and the nature of the Alps, and, you will be experiencing some unique evenings in one of Austria’s very authentic spots, close to the peak of the Ötscher (1893m).

Participating in our CAS summer camp will foster and deepen your knowledge about nature, culture, and the IB core. The focus will be on local and global issues, and the course offers both PRE-IB and MID-IB incentives. All students will complete the camp with a memory that highlights their own experiential learning for their individual CAS programme.

Whether you are PRE-IB or MID-IB, you will engage in a variety of exciting ways of how to successfully engage in CAS and accomplish CAS hours, for example:

  • Creativity
    • Traditional baking & decorating your personal ginger bread (Lebkuchen)
    • Learn to play a traditional Austrian instrument
    • learning about old Austrian craftsmanship, e.g. forging

  • Activity
    • Hiking in nature and wilderness
    • Mountaincarts
    • Rope climbing
  • Service
    • Volunteer in a unique Austrian nature park
    • Clean up nature and help repair nature paths
    • Help a day in a kindergarten
    • Help in a typical restaurant and farm

This summer experience will allow you to meaningfully further your CAS exposure, be immersed in the typical traditional Austrian alpine lifestyle in the fore Alps, its crafts and old traditions, discover the purity of nature and support it, and stay in a typical ‘cosy’ village hotel!

CAS CERTIFICATE: each student will receive a certificate with exact dates, hours and description of the accomplished program and duties.

About our CAS Trip Coordinators & Mentors: Alexander Grubich was born and raised in Upper Austria and studied languages in Vienna, Paris, Málaga and Santo Domingo. After finishing his university career, he taught German language, Spanish language and Austrian culture at the University of Rijeka, Croatia and at the same time he finished his PhD in the field of “German social studies” in the topic ” The image of Austria in Croatia”. Since 2008 he is a teacher at Vienna International School incorporating different roles such as: teaching IB German, French, Spanish, Service and Action coordinator, homeroom teacher and since 5 years CAS coordinator. Additionally, he became an examiner for the IB in the field of language Ab initio and is an IBO professional development workshop leader for CAS and Language Ab initio. Alexander is also an IB school visiting team member.

Alexander is passionate about many different kinds of sports such as running, skiing, tennis, hiking, beach volleyball and cycling. Further he is socially engaged in different charity events throughout the year. He really likes to inspire students in order to convince them they can help create a better world with more respect for each other.

He lives with his family in Vienna and spends most of the weekends in Mariazell, Styria.

Dates and Fees

Alpine CAS Adventure Dates:

July 9th-16th (7 days/7 nights)

Cost per person (full board, transportation, 24/7 care & activities): 1400€

Vienna Intl Airport, July 9th: please arrive at the airport latest by 2pm. We will collect in-coming students at the airport at 2pm (at the McDonalds in the VIA- arrival hall).

2nd Collection point will be from IBWISE-HQ, 1020-Vienna on July 9th:  3pm

Departure to Ötscher Region will be at 3pm with approximate arrival in Mariazell at 4:30/5pm.

Departure from Mariazell back to Vienna: July 16th, 1pm (arrival at IBWISE- Campus at 3pm, airport at 4pm).

Our CAS trip is a 7-day camp and is combinable with our PRE IB – and MID IB Summer Revision Course (in Vienna). You can hence book it alone or in combination with our Vienna based MID IB or PRE IB Summer Revision Course, with arrival date July 16th, 2023.

You are a PRE IB student: Sign-up by choosing the PRE IB online form

You are a MID IB student: Sign-up by choosing the MID IB online form

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Course Schedule

Sunday, July 9th

Pick up students at Vienna airport (2pm) and IBWISE HQ (3pm) and road trip to Mariazell.

Arrival in Mariazell (Ötscher region)around 4:30/5pm in the afternoon.

Check-in at Hotel “Weißer Hirsch” (A-8630 Mariazell,  Wiener Straße 6)

Dinner at Hotel Weißer Hirsch

Introduction to the content of the week.

Monday, July 10th

Tour of the old pilgrimage town of Mariazell and its famous Basilica

Making and decorating traditional Austrian gingerbread

Dinner at Hotel Weißer Hirsch.

Tuesday, July 11th

Volunteering in a typical “outdoor” Austrian kindergarten (playing with the children, building small toys from natural materials in the woods, etc. )

Workshop in “forging” (schmieden) in a historic Gußwerk

Workshop about traditional Austrian music instruments (with Ulli Schweiger)

Dinner at Brauhaus Girrer.

Wednesday, July 12th

Walk through the canyon Ötschergräben

Volunteer in a national park and clean up nature

Overnight stay in a typical regional mountain hut.

Thursday, July 13th

Walk back to Mariazell

Volunteer in a typical Austrian restaurant

Dinner at Stadtheuriger Mariazell.

Friday, July 14th

Walk to the Bürgeralpe

Lunch at Edelweißhütte

Workshops at a typical Austrian farm (Feldbauer)

Volunteering and dinner in a typical Austrian inn (Stadtheuriger Mariazell).

Saturday, July 15th

Workshops at a typical Austrian farm (Feldbauer)

Dinner at Brauhaus Girrer

Sunday, July 16th

Debriefing + reflection

Pick-up by our transportation team and road trip back to Vienna at 10:30am. 

Arrival in Vienna at IBWISE – Campus at approx. 12pm, at airport at around 1pm.

Additional options (additions and slight adaptions to this programme are possible):

High rope garden Erlaufsee

Gemeindealpe (mountaincarts)

More Info

If you have any questions, please contact us!

You are a PRE IB student: Sign-up by choosing the PRE IB online registration form

You are a MID IB student: Sign-up by choosing the MID IB online registration form

CALL US: +43-1-3191068

Nora is also available via cell phone or wifi options on smart phones: +43-664-1306197

We are happy to assist you!

Join as IB Educator

The 7-day Alpine CAS Adventure is a unique opportunity also for IB teachers!

Learn and gain new insights to CAS as a whole and experience this inspirational trip alongside participating IB students and our exceptional CAS expert, Alex Grubich. Many opportunities will be given to answer your questions regarding CAS almost around the clock. You can use this workshop as a fun and rewarding professional development opportunity and may even get it partially or entirely funded by your school.

You may also wish to chaperone a group of IB students from your own IB school and enjoy the Austrian Alps together with others from around the globe!

Our unique 7-day CAS experience is lead and guided by Dr. Alexander Grubich, who, besides being a highly experienced IB CAS educator, is also an IB Professional Development workshop leader for CAS and comes with a wealth of experience in this area.

If the idea of an in situ “student-teacher-CAS-experience” interests you personally or as a chaperone for a group of students, then please contact us as soon as possible to secure your spot.

We are thrilled to offer a limited number of spots to IB educators at a very reasonable price. First come first serve rule applies.

COST (for IB educators only): 850€ 

Contact us for more details and register at:

Call or WhatsApp us at: +43 664 1306197