Project: Change - FAQ

Project: Change FAQ

Who is eligible to participate?

  • Must be currently enrolled in an accredited U.S. Middle or High School or a homeschooling program in grades 8-12. U.S. high school students who are currently studying abroad ARE still eligible!
  • Must be a citizen or permanent resident of the U.S.
  • Must be in possession of a U.S. passport at the time of departure.

How many students will win?

Five students will we awarded full scholarships. One grand prize winner will be given the opportunity to workshop their winning proposal with community partners in their chosen Global Prep country. Four additional winners will be given the opportunity to join the program. Once the winning program is finalized, any student in grades 8-12 are eligible to sign up to participate in the program and pay the program fee (amount to be determined after the program is selected).

How and when will the winners be selected?

Immediately following the contest deadline, all entrants will have the opportunity to get their social networks to vote for their idea. The 100 entrants with the most votes will be announced as finalists. From among those top 100 finalists, a grand prize winner and 4 additional winners will be selected. All submissions will be judged on the following criteria:

  • A demonstrated understanding of the chosen Sustainable Development Goal(s) and its implications in the AFS Global Prep country of choice;
  • Creativity and originality;
  • Quality of research and writing;
  • Feasibility of the proposed project idea, including:
    • Relevance of the proposed project idea to the Goals and communities in the country chosen;
    • Potential impact of the proposed project idea.
Students can apply anytime starting October 2nd 2018 until the deadline on November 25th 2018 (at 11:59 PM EST).

The voting period opens November 26th 2018 and closes December 30th 2018 (at 11:59 PM EST).

When will the Project: Change trip happen?

Summer of 2019.

Can my friend/classmate and I enter one submission together?

Each person must submit their entry. Collaboration between friends or with parents or teachers is fine – and encouraged! – but only the submitter of the chosen entry will receive one of the five full scholarships.

Can I submit multiple entries?

No. Just one submission per person.

I changed my mind! Can I still edit my submission?

You can edit your submission up to the submission deadline on November 25th 2018 (at 11:59 PM EST) by navigating to your account and clicking on your entry. Once voting starts the next day, however, you can no longer edit your submission.

Where can I find the complete Rules, Terms and Conditions?

For a complete list of rules, terms and conditions, click here.

What if I don't win? Are there other ways to go abroad with AFS?

YES! Whether or not your submission is selected for Project: Change, there are many ways you can go abroad with AFS (the organization behind Project: Change).

Once the winning program is selected, any 8th-12th grade student is eligible to sign up to join the Project: Change trip. The program fee will be determined after the program is finalized.

Additionally, AFS offers 120+ programs abroad ranging from 2 weeks to 10 months. Explore the website or view our informational "snapshot" videos that explain who we are and how we're here to help you. In particular, many of our AFS Global Prep programs are aligning with the Sustainable Development Goals and include changemaking curriculum.

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