Sample CAS Projects

The big mystery of CAS is the CAS PROJECT.  The purpose of the CAS project is to have the student actually develop a new role and undertake a new task that implies real consequences on themselves, the community and society.  Because of the level of commitment it requires, the CAS Project will be a process of ongoing reflection, which is the ultimate goal of the CAS Program.  CAS Projects are mandatory only for IB Diploma students and they are required to come up with the idea and start their project during their junior year. 

 The CAS Project MUST include the three CAS components:  Creativity, Action and Service; and it will be accounted for a maximum of 90 hours.  Because it contains the three components, 30 hours will be credited for each one.  Students must have an adult supervisor that keeps track of what the student is doing and how the project is being developed.  Pictures and other forms of testimonies will be very useful to document what was done as the Project.   

Juniors must present their CAS Projects typed and with details as to what needs to be done, what are the community needs, what purpose/consequences will it bring, how it is a new role for the student, and how can this activity benefit other people.  The CAS Coordinator will meet with the student and approve the Project or make recommendations to improve it.  CAS Projects can be done individually or in groups of up to three students, depending on the complexity of the project.

 All approved CAS Projects fall under the type A category.

 

Examples of Projects:  CLICK HERE FOR A SAMPLE PROJECT (4.8 MB PDF)

 

From the Creativity column, where it says:  Designing and administering educational lesson plans for a local orphanage or school.  This should be in PROJECTS

 Creating a dance/choreography and teaching it to children who could not otherwise pay for this type of activity.  This should be in PROJECTS

 Collecting books for a hospital AND having one reading day once or twice a week for kids in the hospital. 

Organizing a Christmas party for a local orphanage or school 

Organizing supply drives, beach cleanups, reforestation activities.

 Participating in Habitat for Humanity or similar activities.

 

CERRO VIENTO RURAL SISTER SCHOOL

The Cerro Viento Rural elementary school hosts around 80 students from grades 1 through 6 of very limited resources.  They have only 3 teachers, that is 2 teachers per classroom.  This school is about 2 kms. away from ISP.  Every year, students have the opportunity of getting involved in activities to help the sister school in several ways. It is up to the students to undertake a project with the school that counts as their CAS Project. 

 For example, students can organize supply drives where they can come up with a way of collecting or buying supplies needed for kids attending the school that can not afford to buy them.  This activity counts as a CAS Project because it involves the three components:  Creativity as you need to come up with a way to get the supplies; Action as you are actually performing the action of collecting the supplies, gathering them, distributing them and delivering them to the school, and finally a Service to the cerro viento community.  The maximum number of hours you can get in this activity is 30. 

Another activity is tutoring at the sister school.  Every year, a group of students organizes English, math and/or science lessons to help the kids in their academics.  Every Wednesday after school, students can go to the Sister School and perform their lessons.  This is not a casual activity.  It must be used as a CAS Project and the level of commitment is very serious.  It involves the three components as students have to use their Creativity to make the lesson plans of what they will teach, Action as they are carrying on the lessons, Service to the community because these kids would otherwise have no access to this type of service.

 

CAMP HOPE

Being a Camp Hope volunteer involves more than just giving your heart.  The Camp Hope weekend is an experience that begins on a Friday and ends on a Sunday.  Members of the La Boca Baptist Church organize a camp weekend for people with disabilities ranging from the ages of 4 through 60 and with a majority of them in their early 20’s.  The purpose of the Camp is to show the campers that others care and to help out their parents by giving them a weekend off.

Camp Hope is a very exhausting yet rewarding experience.  Volunteers will be in charge of campers as soon as they meet on Friday until they return on Sunday. NOTE: You are NOT babysitting for another person… you have to earn their trust and become their FRIEND.  During this weekend you will have the opportunity to learn about others and about yourself.

 There are certain rules for the camp, for example, no radios, cassettes, cd players, cell phones or such devices are allowed at camp. Because the weekend can become exhausting, (few hours of sleep, anxiety, other concerns) you will become tired.  If you need a break, you must speak up. You must also keep track of your camper’s luggage and things. Lights will be turned off at 10pm and of course, there is to be no smoking or alcohol at the camp.   

One last recommendation is that you come to Camp Hope because you really want to live this experience, not because you need to fulfill a requirement of hours.  The maximum number of hours for this activity is 30.  It is categorized as a type B activity as it involves 2 CAS components:  Action and Service.