Tue, 18 Jun 2019 07:14:49


CIP (Community Immersion Programs) trips

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“Give a man a fish, and he’ll eat for a day. Teach him how to fish and he’ll eat forever.”

Community Involvement Programs (CIPs) are usually part of an educational tour / Learning journey / Fieldtrip, with the program spanning between 1 – 3 days with a set theme.

Hands-on tourism

Overseas CIP (Overseas Community Immersion Programs) focuses on students/participants traveling to a foreign country to conduct specific work:

  • Conservation work: this is sustainable development related to environment
  • Charity work: Students/participants are exposed to less fortunate communities and engaged in activities such as community work at an orphanage, helping the less fortunate schools, providing donations to the poor.
  • Community work: This is work which is based on project that will benefit local communities in various ways. It could related to vulnerable communities like Orang Asli or communities linked with a specific eco-system, like fishermen or farmers or simply people living in traditional villages/kampong and whose lifestyle become both a showcase of ancient times and something to appreciate and possibly protect or nurture.

Building real, authentic, sincere exchange

As both a travel agent and learning and training organization, OIA is introducing a more sustainable and enlightened approach to CIP travel overseas. OIA has designed an educative approach (see next paragraph) aiming at empowering students/participants and teachers for meaningful CIP sustainable programs that go far further charity. A key outcome is authentic leadership development that can be derived from such programs.

Empowerment workshops

Our programs are created to prepare students/participants before the trip itself, and to provide opportunities for students/participants to continue being challenged after. This creates a much higher return on investment and a more holistic learning experience. Schools do not need to send students/participants far to give them unique, transformative experiences. The greatest learning for many students/participants and teachers is about experiencing an authentic exchange of culture, appreciation and values. It is about receiving as much as giving, keeping an open mind, an open heart and looking at each other as equals.

For more on conservation work, click here

For more on social work, click here