Buddies Without Borders Online Forums

Buddies Without Borders Online Forums are month-long, web-based collaboration and competition projects attended by students aged 12 - 18 around the world.

The Forums are held 3-4 times a year. Around 3-4 representatives from each country are selected to meet weekly online. Students are grouped internationally into teams, assigned a country as their joint identity, and together throughout the month they will debate and co-author recommendation papers to solve a predefined SDG-related challenge.

Each team is coached by a college student and each session features a guest speaker. All papers are reviewed and ranked by international educators including college admission officers and subject-matter experts. The winning Team's paper is published online, and receives a free year-long International Online Internship provided by Leadership Initiatives and funded by top brands including Microsoft and Starbucks.  Best Representatives receive college application essay reviews.  Finally, a Pioneer Award is given to an exceptional student leader which offers the opportunity to establish a BWB Club in his or her school community free of charge.

If accepted, the participation fee is $50 usd.  Please click on the Forums below for details and submit your application.

*Note to IBDP CAS Coordinators: the Forum is designed to meet all seven learning outcomes.   Click here to see how.

August 2021 Forum - In the Pursuit of Happiness (working title)

Human migration, legal or illegal, on purpose or out of necessity, has been a reality since the beginning of time.  What can we do to help the migrants and the host countries to both succeed in the everlasting pursuit of happiness?

Interest Form

Students and teachers who sign up in the Interest Form will receive priority consideration before the application is opened to the public in late May.


February 2021 Forum - Eliminating Poverty & Social Entrepreneurship: Doing Well by Doing Good (Outcome Report)

From reusable straws to dating APPS, from Zoom to bike-share. many innovative products and services have been created to improve the quality of life. Can we do well personally by doing good for the society?

Winning Project: Plastomats in Liberia

April 2021 Forum - Access to Justice & Rule of Law - World Peace Starts with Local Harmony

Human history is full of events where people broke the law in order to achieve justice.  The consequences of these events are often destructive and damaging to the entire community.  Without local harmony, there is no world peace.  What are the ways to keep peace, abide by the rules yet make social changes for the better?

Application is closed.  Follow the Forum on our Facebook page for frequent updates.


August 2020 Forum - Management of COVID-19 and Its Impact on Students (Outcome Report)

The Forum on Management of COVID-19 and Its Impact on Students has concluded after a month-long discussion, research and reflections by 50 high school students from 26 schools in 40 countries with multiple deliverables, including a joint paper on Ideas of Improving Mental Health for Teenagers - at the Time of COVID-19.

Who Gets to Learn? Access to Quality Education has concluded after a month-long discussion, research and reflections by 42 students from 30 schools in 24 countries.  Click here to see the Award Ceremony.


February 2021 Best Team:
Golden Seventeen

Shania Bajaj, Assumption College Catholic High School (Canada)
Dilnaz Mizan, International school of Nur-Sultan (Kazakhstan)
Ansh Bavishi, American School of Milan (Italy)

February 2021 BWB Pioneer Award Winner: Lakshya Saxena from Genesis Global School in India

On Team Masked Initiators:

Daria Gusarova - American International School (Cyprus)

Keisha Pricilla Susanto - Binus School Bekasi (Indonesia)

Rodrigo Sebastián Llanos Yañez - Saint Andrews School (Bolivia)

James Chou - Tsai Hsing High School (Taiwan)

February 2021 Best Representative: Iliana Skordi from the Junior & Senior School in Cyprus

Top Finishers:
Jacqueline Alim from Binus School Bekasi (Indonesia)   
Aurel Ardianti from Binus School Bekasi (Indonesia)
Keeret Grewal from Assumption College Catholic High School (Canada)
Tasya Ardianti from Binus School Bekasi (Indonesia)

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