Ecotourism: Green is the New Gold   October 2021 Buddies Without Borders Online Forum Application Form
*UPDATED AT 8 AM ET, SEPT 17 - the regular acceptance is closed.  A special acceptance may be offered if your country is underrepresented.  Thank you for your understanding.

“How is it possible that the most intellectual creature to ever walk the planet earth is destroying its only home?” ~ Jane Goodall

“... 83% of developing countries rely on ecotourism revenue.” ~ International Ecotourism Society
If anything, COVID-19 teaches us to respect nature more.  As the tourism industry grapples with how to recover from the standstill caused by the pandemic, ecotourism is no doubt going to be the key to allow us to continue exploring the world, and enable developing countries to continue growing their economy and creating jobs.

Our next forum challenges students to brainstorm business ideas for some of the most beautiful countries that can benefit from increased tourism based on reports from the World Bank.    

All participants who complete the program satisfactorily, including submitting a recommendation paper with their assigned teams, will receive a Certificate of Completion.  There will be three awards:

The Best Team Award
The Best Representative Award
The BWB Pioneer Award

For details on requirements and awards, please click on the link below:
There will be $50 usd program if your application is accepted.   Need and merit -based scholarships may be available - please indicate that in your application below.  Please contact us if you have any questions at

Mrs. Mohs
Chief Executive Director
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Key Dates and Technical Requirements
Key Dates:

Pre-Forum Dates:
July 30: Priority Application Open (BWB Clubs, Partner Schools, Alumni, Interest List)
Aug 20:  Priority Application Deadline
Sept 17:  Regular Application Deadline
Sept 24:  Waitlist Deadline
Sept 27: Participants List finalized

Forum Dates:
Oct 2/3: Tech & Tools Walk Through (Mandatory - FB & Messenger & Google Drive)
Oct 9/10: Meeting #1 Kick Off - Structure and Deliverable (Meet Your Team)
Oct 16/17: Meeting #2 Landscape Presentation - Developing Line of Inquiry (IB skills by IB TOK teacher - Ireland)
Oct 23/24: Meeting #3: Breakout Presentation - Art of Persuasion & Collaboration (Model UN skills by former MUN DC Director)
Oct 30/Nov 1: Meeting #4: Guest Speaker Q&A - Turning Ideas into Actions (ELL skills by ELL teacher - Vietnam)
Nov 6/7: Final Presentation.  Paper Due (can include Infographic).

Post-Forum Dates:
Nov 13/14: Speed Friending Around the World
Nov 21: Awards Ceremony

Audio and Video capability to participate in Google Meets.
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Your Full Name *
Anticipated Year of Graduating from High School *
Name and Website of Your Current School *
Are you participating in the Forum as part of school project such as IB, CAS, EPQ?  If so, please specify: *
Your Nationality and the County You Lived in the Longest *
Self Introduction -  What/where do you want to be when you grow up? What issues do you want to work on and why?   (Minimum 100 words but no more than 200 words please.) *
Which Country or Countries Would You Like to Learn More About and Why? *
Your Academic Recommender's Name  (this can be your teacher or counselor or advisor, if any).  Please note Mr. or Ms. *
Your Academic Recommender or Sponsor's Email Address.   *
Questions - Of all the places you have been as a tourist, which one is your top favorite and why?  (This can be a faraway location or your neighborhood park.)   Who funds it? (government agency, ticket sales, donations, nonprofit, or?) *
How did you hear about the Forum? (Choose all that apply): *
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