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    Ex-I/GCSE student here, not very social. Little volunteering experience and occasional gym-goer. Not too musical; I don't dance. Mostly academic. What counts as CAS activities? How about tutoring?
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    Ex-I/GCSE student here, not very social. Little volunteering experience and occasional gym-goer. Not too musical; I don't dance. Mostly academic. What counts as CAS activities? How about tutoring?
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    Different schools have slightly different rules surrounding CAS. Tutoring counted for CAS at my school until our CAS coordinator decided that any activities based in school wouldn't count for service hours. The best thing is to check with your CAS coordinator once you go back to school.

    You don't need to prepare for CAS, it will start when you start IB and will last for 18 months. What you can do now is look for activities you could start doing once you go back to school.

    Don't worry about being mostly academic and not too strong on the extra currics, a lot of people are in the same position. CAS is designed to get you out of your comfort zone and experiencing new things. I know this can be difficult and annoying, but if you try to look at it as a positive thing you will get so much more out of it.

    You can find about potential activities through your CAS coordinator, other students, and through the internet. I'd recommend aiming for a few long-term things and a few one-off events.

    Here are a few examples of what I've done:

    Action:
    Camping
    Half-Marathon
    Sponsored hike
    Sponsored walk
    Skiing

    Service:
    Helping at a school careers event
    Sponsored hike & walk
    Volunteering at a horse shelter
    Helping at a fundraising ball
    Selling chocolates to raise money for a charity
    Volunteering at a summer camp for children with special needs
    Volunteering at a holiday centre for disabled people

    Creativity:
    Cooking class
    Debate club
    Piano
    Sewing
    Decorating for a party
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    I was in your position this time last year, and I personally don't think that any preparation at this stage would be significant in helping you succeed at CAS.

    Depending on your school's CAS policies, any amount of work done before the school year starts may not even be counted. And furthermore you can't start a CAS activity without getting approval from your CAS supervisor. So, if you start doing something right now and it happens to not be "CAS-worthy", then all of that hard work may go to waste.

    I would certainly wait until the school year starts, until you are fully briefed of what to do, before you actually start doing it.

    IMO CAS isn't particularly too taxing, and it's certainly one of the easier aspects of the IB in comparison to the EE and TOK, etc. I spent my first term of Year 12 (grade 11) sorting out my CAS, and once all of my activities are planned and approved, it's just a matter of doing them consistently throughout the entire 2 years.

    You can certainly start thinking about what activities you want to do, but I wouldn't bother dwelling to much upon CAS right now. There are much more important and useful things to be doing, such as preparing for your more difficult subjects.
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    CAS stands for Creativity, Action, and Service.

    Here's a link to the IBO's CAS guide:
    http://www.holyhearthigh.ca/wp-conte.../CAS-Guide.pdf

    Here's what I've done for CAS so far:

    Creativity:
    Maintained my school bulletin board
    Wrote poems for the elderly at a nursing home for their birthdays

    Action:
    Academic Decathlon
    Walks
    Habitat For Humanity

    Service:
    Tutoring at my local library
    Volunteering with the elderly at a nursing home

    It really depends on your CAS coordinator what activities you can do, because they're the ones that approve them.
 
 
 
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