Charlie’s CAS

Charlie, ’18, has created a remarkable CAS project in which he is bound to make a change. He plans to teach fifteen refugees from the Dignity for Students Foundation how to swim and rescue themselves in emergency situations.

Along with five other peers, Charlie will teach refugee children water safety every Sunday. There are plenty of refugees currently enrolled, however, they, unfortunately, lack the means or equipment to take full advantage of their swim lessons.

Although this initially made it difficult for the children to take part, Charlie found a solution involving initiative from the community. For $75rm, it is possible for people to sponsor one of the swim kits and help Charlie improve these refugees’ lives.

When asked how he came up with the idea and his motivation behind it, he said “My mum was doing a project for the Dignity for Children Foundation, and I attended one of the meetings… A teacher told me that not many of the children know how to swim, and didn’t have the facilities… I have swum my whole life, so I took it upon me to teach them to swim at school”.

Charlie is not only giving back to his community, he also is pursuing his passion. He is a prime example of how CAS is not only an obligation for IB students to fulfill, it also can be an opportunity to create a genuinely meaningful project that integrates both purpose and passion.

If you would like to help Charlie by sponsoring a swim kit please email: and we will put you in contact with him.