Choose your top three of the four available countries/programs. We will try to send winners to their top choice, but can’t guarantee it.
Write a short essay (200 words minimum – 500 words max) explaining why you want to go abroad and what you hope to learn and capture about unfamiliar places, people, customs, activities, and cultures.
Ask an educator or community leader (who is not a family member) to be your reference. We will call or email references; a formal letter of recommendation is not required.
Create a portfolio of 6 photos, 1 video, and short captions (150 words max) for each. Your portfolio must be your own work and:
- Have a cohesive theme or story connecting each piece that evokes a sense of adventure, meaning, or inspiration that other people will want to be a part of. It does not have to be about travel, but it should show us some kind of transformative journey or cultural experience
- Include at least 1 photo of a landscape or cityscape.
- Include at least 1 photo of a people interacting or community.
- The video must be 3 minutes minimum – 10 minutes maximum. This should be the centerpiece of your portfolio and inspire a desire to join whatever community or activity is shown. Upload your video to YouTube and share a link for our judges to view.
Enter your short essay and portfolio! The deadline has been extended to March 30, 2020!
We’ll follow up with finalists for more info, contact their references, and choose two winners by late-April!