One of the scariest parts of CAS may be the CAS project. Common questions we hear at Lanterna are ‘what is it?’, ‘how do I do it?’, and ‘what are good examples of projects?’. We’ll answer those questions in this article. It’s essential to understand the requirements of the CAS project before diving in to […]
As IB graduates, we know how easy it is for CAS to seem like a massive burden. But it doesn’t have to be! Although it might seem impossible to juggle your CAS experiences around your six subjects, try to view it in a positive light. CAS is a great way to actually have fun alongside your studies! Should you be struggling with any subjects or need some extra guidance - we have plenty of free resources for each subject to help you smash them alongside CAS. We also offer more personalised help through our private online tuition service from experienced IB graduates who got top scores at the IB - including 3 core points!
We have plenty of CAS blog posts and a free ultimate CAS guide to make your life easier, but first here are 100 easy IB CAS ideas!
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- Take up baking
- Take up cooking
- Take up vegan cooking
- Create a recipe book for your latest bakes
- Start a YouTube channel for your cookery
- Host a supper club
- Take up knitting
- Make your own clothes/accessories – check out this video for some inspiration!
- Create a Depop account for your handmade clothes/accessories (then donate the money to a charity for it to also count for SERVICE!)
- Take up photography
- Produce a documentary – read about Ingrid’s experience here!
- Write for your school magazine, or start one if it doesn’t exist!
- Join/set up a book club
- Write a novel or some short stories
- Make a film of your novel/short story
- Make a stop motion animation film (see the film Chicken Run for inspiration!)
- Write poetry
- Start a blog for your poems
- Start calligraphy – it’s soooo pretty!
- Make handmade cards that feature your calligraphy
- Join/start a choir
- Organise an open mic event
- Join/start a band
- Join/start an orchestra
- Learn a musical instrument
- If you already play an instrument, try conducting!
- Play video games (if you don’t believe me, check out this blog!)
- Design a new video game
- Make homemade candles
- Take up sketching/painting
- Create an Instagram account for your sketches and paintings
- Make handmade bath bombs
- Put on a play – how about one of the ones you might be studying for your Language A?
- Take up running – why not set yourself a goal of running a 10km race, or even a marathon?
- Start a running club
- Go climbing, whether that be indoors or outdoors!
- Spend a day at an outdoor adventure club – if you’re UK based, the Go Ape parks are amazing!
- Join your local gym
- Try a Zumba class
- If you enjoy dancing, try ballroom styles – foxtrot, waltz, cha cha etc…
- Or give breakdancing a try. You could even organise your own dance show at your school!
- Go on a yoga retreat
- If you’re an adventurous type, give windsurfing a go
- Or try paragliding!
- Try kayaking
- Or white water rafting
- Go mountain biking
- Commit to cycling to school for a certain number of days per week
- If you like swimming, cycling and running, train for a triathlon
- If you’re already a swimmer, try diving
- Take part in a team sport – netball, football, wheelchair basketball, hockey, etc…
- Give blind soccer a go
- Try archery
- Take up orienteering
- Horse riding
- Try boxing, or a boxercise class
- If you live near the coast, play beach volleyball
- Or open water swimming in the sea
- Give judo, taekwondo or karate a try
- Spend an afternoon at a trampoline park (they look AWESOME)
- Play tennis, or table tennis
- Have a go at ice skating
- Go on a hiking expedition
- Try playing golf
- Volunteer at a local charity shop
- Spend an hour a week volunteering at a nursing home
- Volunteer at your local hospital
- Start a Junior CPR Program, like Kira!
- Or organise a talent show at school, charge an entry fee, and donate the funds to charity
- Run in a charity fun run – check out the Race for Life events in the UK
- Hold a bake sale at your school and raise money for charity
- Or even bigger, hold a summer fair at your school for charity – have stalls such as face painting, a coconut shy, a second-hand book stall, hook-a-duck etc…
- Organise a charity raffle
- Or hold a ‘Guess the Baby’ charity competition at school. Ask you teachers to submit photos from when they were younger, and see if students can guess who is who! Charge a fee for entering, and have a prize for whoever gets them all correct.
- Volunteer at an after school club, either at your school or another local school
- Take part in a Fridaysforfuture climate march
- Volunteer at your local government
- If you have a local green area, set up a butterfly conservation space
- Organise a tree planting event in your local community
- Organise a plastic pick-up event at your school/local community
- Or if you live near the coast, arrange a beach clean-up event
- Learn how to perform CPR
- Go on a wildlife conservation volunteering trip
- Or volunteer at an animal shelter
- Do you have an elderly neighbour or relative? Offer to tidy their garden, or maybe walk their dog a few times a week.
- Help out at a soup kitchen
- Take part in Amnesty International campaigns
- Volunteer at your local library
- Or if there’s a local museum in your area, volunteer there
- Apply to be an Oxfam festival volunteer – a free trip to a festival and CAS too!
- Organise a CAS fair at your school. This is an event where your IB year group presents your CAS projects and activities to the years below. This should give them some help and inspiration!
- If you’re bilingual, volunteer to help someone or an organisation with translations
- If you’re taking up knitting as a CREATIVE project, try knitting hats or clothing for premature babies
- Organise a charity car wash at your school
- Start, or join, a neighbourhood watch programme
- Organise a clothes collection at your school, and then donate them to a local charity
- Campaign for better recycling facilities at your school
- Our last one is actually a fun fact: did you know that Lanterna started out as a CAS project in 2002? A group of older IB students decided to support younger students with their academic performance – everything from helping out with homework to teaching whole topics that students had missed or not understood. So we’re living proof that CAS is totally worth it in the end!
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And there we go! I hope these IB CAS ideas have provided plenty of inspiration. Remember, it’s all about making CAS fun – it definitely shouldn’t feel like a burden. Do things that you will enjoy!
If you want more guidance, check out Part 1, Part 3, and Part 4 of this series - they all contain different help for acing CAS! Also, don’t forget to check out our IB Survival Guide for more tips with CAS!
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Read part 3 here: tackling CAS reflections!