I’ve been getting a lot of questions lately about Learning Outcome #6 (Engaged with issues of global importance) which the CAS Guide defines as: Students may be involved in international projects but there are many global issues that can be acted upon locally or nationally (for example, environmental concerns, caring for the elderly).
Lot’s of people have been asking me how caring for the elderly can be considered a global activity, and my answer is: I don’t know. For my students here in the USA it would not be considered a global activity, but perhaps somewhere else it could be. I guess the IBO knows of enough instances where caring for the elderly can be considered a global activity, but this doesn’t mean it will count as a global activity for all IB students.
There are many gray areas when it comes to CAS activities; what counts for one student may not count for another. This is why the CAS Coordinator plays such an important role.
For definitive answers to questions like this, I suggest you login to the OCC (Online Curriculum Centre) and ask the IB experts there. Maria and Michael are CAS experts and will give you friendly, helpful direction 🙂