Announcing our “How Has Travel Changed Your World?” Essay Contest!

We at EcoTeach are all about changing the world. We give back by exploring education and conservation, with the belief that through travel, we can help shape the future, just as travel has shaped us. With this in mind, we’re proud to announce a chance to earn EcoTeach Bucks and other prizes with an essay contest about how travel has influenced you and your life.

Tell us how travel has, or could change your world in 250 words or less. It’s a short word limit, so make it powerful!

The rules:

  • All entries must be original content.
  • Maximum word limit of 250 words.
  • Each entry may contain one photo.
  • Limited to one entry per person.
  • Entries must be submitted between March 1, 2010 and 11:59 p.m. on Friday, April 30, 2010.

How it works:

Log onto any time from March 1 to April 30, 2010.  Submit your essay and up to one photo and voila, you’re entered! Once the entry period closes, we will open up all the submissions for four weeks of voting, beginning on Monday, May 3 and ending 11:59 p.m. on Monday, May 31. Whichever essay gets the most votes wins! Winners will be announced on Tuesday, June 15.

The prizes:

To encourage globally conscious travel, the first and second place winners will be awarded EcoTeach Bucks that can be put toward any of our eco-trips to Costa Rica.  The EcoTeach Bucks can also be applied to EcoTeach merchandise or donated to the EcoTeach Foundation to support a specific project in your name. Five third place winners will walk away with an EcoTeach travel kit!

1 First Place Winner: $500 EcoTeach Bucks

1 Second Place Winner: $250 EcoTeach Bucks

5 Third Place Winners: EcoTeach Travel Kit (includes an EcoTeach T-shirt, EcoTeach stainless steel water bottle and a bag of our organic, fair trade certified coffee from the Sol Colibri co-op in Costa Rica.)

How to win:

Help yourself rake in the votes by spreading the word! After submitting your essay, send your essay link to your friends, family and social networks! Ask for votes on Twitter, Facebook and MySpace. If you have a blog, link it there. Let people know how their support will help you change the world!

Remember, the contest launches March 1, so get writing.  Good luck, and as always, happy travels!