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 3-5 times a year. Around 3-5 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.

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Migration is human nature that cannot be stopped.   Since the beginning, our ancestors traveled near and far from their dwellings in order to find a better future.  From moving across town to across the world, humans are born with the desire to pursue happiness.  Regulations and systems have been created to facilitate this common human aspiration.

However, according to the International Committee of the Red Cross, an estimated 65 million people have been forced to choose irregular pathways of migration outside of the legal system to avoid violence and to seek security, among many reasons.  These displaced fellow global citizens are often faced with abuse, extortion and exploitation.  How can we support their human rights while protecting the civil rights of the local citizens?

This Application is now closed.  Please contact us for Special Application in case seats of your country is still available.  Please click here to fill out the interest form for the October Forum: Eco-Tourism: Green is the New Gold.  Students will be creating proposals to experience our world responsibly while protecting the environment. 

 
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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 by Team Golden Seventeen

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

History is full of events where people broke the law in order to achieve justice.  The consequences are often damaging to the entire community.  What are the ways to abide by the rules yet make social changes for the better?

Winning Project: Access to Justice in Egypt by Team Pyramid Party

 
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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.

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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.

 
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April 2021 Access to Justice & Rule of Law Winners

Best Team: Pyramid Party (representing Egypt)

Vaishnavi Viswanathan from Chirec International School (India)

Joanna Bertilla from Sekolah Global Indo-Asia (Indonesia)

Jenny McCord from Villiers School (Ireland)

Anastasia Zhuzhkova from Amsterdam International Community School (Netherlands)

Gabriela Laorden from Colegio Los Sauces Torrlodones (Spain)

Best Representative:

Carla Monfort Macías-Lizaso Colegio from Los Sauces Torrlodones (Spain) 

Pioneer Award Winner:

AslıTürkölmez from Uskudar American Academy (Turkey)

Student Council Honor: 

Abhinav Gopinath from Assumption College Catholic Highschool (Canada)


Top Three Finishers:

Carla Monfort Macías-Lizaso from Colegio Los Sauces Torrlodones (Spain)

Victoria Ramos from Colegio Los Sauces Torrlodones (Spain)

Aslı Türkölmez from Uskudar American Academy (Turkey)

Pioneer Nominees: 

Carla Monfort Macías-Lizaso from Colegio Los Sauces Torrlodones (Spain)

Victoria Ramos from Colegio Los Sauces Torrlodones (Spain)

Abhinav Gopinath from Assumption College Catholic Highschool (Canada)  

Yun Jen (Gina)Kuo from Tsai Hsing High School (Taiwan)

Zoe Gossa from Bergen County Academies (USA) 

Joanna Bertilla from Sekolah Global Indo-Asia (Indonesia)

Hyun Joo (Annette) Cho from North London Collegiate School Jeju (South Korea)

Pradyun Krishnan from Amsterdam International Community School (Netherlands)

Aleksandar (Alek)Atanasovski from Nova High School Skopje (Macedonia)

Andrés Del Castillo from Saint Andrew´s School (Bolivia)