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Thinking globally and acting locally with CAS

IB students who attended the World Student Conference (WSC) in 2012 are still drawing from their experiences and blogging about it! The global recognition team caught up with four of last year’s conference participants to see how they are completing their CAS projects. Details at

Nafis JalilInternational School Dhaka, Bangladesh

Nafis has taken his school’s environmental club, The Greenies, to the next level. While making efforts to create a more sustainable school environment, club members were inspired to take useful technology into the countryside to help a village school without electricity. With a few simple recycled materials and a little science, Nafis led his classmates as they installed solar bottle lights to brighten up the educational space of local children.

As of this writing, Nafis is choosing between two universities that have offered him full scholarships: University of British Columbia and Yale-NUS College in Singapore. Both institutions would be lucky to have you, Nafis!

Check out Nafis’ blog for pictures and a video of the project at:

To learn more about solar bottle lights, watch this amazing clip.

Nawaraj ShahiUllens School, Nepal

Nawaraj continues to use the United Nations’ Millennium Development Goals as a guide to his CAS work. He works with peers to bring environmental sustainability education to rural areas of Nepal.  He also created “Youth Initiated Services Nepal” with a group of friends to organize education volunteers to build library inventory for village schools.

“ … learning ideas and concepts from the [World Student] conference and implementing these ideas on CAS activities has been one of the most amazing experience for me … ”

Arianne BrakstadGlobal Jaya International School, Indonesia

In Segovia, Arianne and her global action team designed a school building project that ignited her interest in education and teaching. When she returned home to Tangerang, she began tutoring primary school students.  With her newfound passion of working with children, Arianne started volunteering at a local cancer center. Instead of just playing with the children like the other volunteers do, she started a tutoring programme to provide some educational activity to these children not attending school.

Arianne has been accepted into the University of Southern California and plans to major in neuroscience. Congratulations, Arianne! We are so proud of you!

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Bandhagi BajajFairview International School, Malaysia

Before Bandhagi came to the World Student Conference in Segovia, she had dreams of owning her own hotel and had been accepted into one of the best hospitality schools in the world. However, after working for a week with her peers from around the world, engaging in design model project planning, and becoming inspired by speakers who were carrying out such work, she changed her mind completely.

“Yes, I see problems in this world. Yes, I have ideas as to how to resolve these problems. And yes, I will no longer wait around for others to fix it. If I have a shred of humanity within me, I believe more so now than ever that I must put my duty to this world before my fear of failure.”

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