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About the EF Challenge

The EF Challenge is an international speech competition giving students a platform to discuss positive social change.

Record a speech on our chosen question, earn a place at the Youth Leadership Forum in NYC, and visit the United Nations. This year, we want to know:

What global issue are you most
passionate about solving?

Get Inspired

Read the news, scour the internet and talk to your friends. What gets your heart racing? Think climate change, gender equality, data security, the future of technology. Mindmap solutions.

Remember, the EF Challenge is about diverse voices and unique perspectives. It's time to speak up and show us yours.

Ines Christien Sanchez 2019 EF Challenge winner

The Prize

Winners earn a week-long trip to New York for the Youth Leadership Forum, and a visit to the United Nations. This is your platform to generate change.

Through group activities, city trips and workshops, you'll connect with a community of inspiring students from across the globe, engage in open debate, and explore what is possible.

Inside the 2019 Youth Leadership Forum


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    Apply before 15th May 2020

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    Record & upload

    Share your video with us by XX May

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    Find out the winners

    We'll reveal our favorite speechmakers on 1st June

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    Visit New York

    Travel to NYC and attend the Youth Leadership Forum for one week in August

EF New York


  • Language

    Record your speech in English so your message is understood worldwide.

  • Length

    Keep your speech short – 3-4 minutes is perfect.

  • Age

    Students between 14-18 can participate.

  • Upload

    Put your speech on YouTube and share it with us.

Previous Winners

  • Olga Leszczewicz


  • Regina Ortiz Garcia


  • Pierre Caulliez


  • Raylison Jaconi


  • Beatriz Falcão


  • Andrés Zárate

    Bucaramanga, Colombia

  • Natalia Ortiz

    Bogotá, Colombia

  • Isabella Grossi Bulling

    Quillota, Chile

  • Tomás López

    Quito, Ecuador

  • Valentina Raymond

    Guayaquil, Ecuador

  • Nguyen Manh Dung

    Hanoi, Vietnam

  • Diane Gross

    Paris, France

  • Gerheta Jupiter

    French Guiana, France

  • Jakub Pietraś

    Bełżyce, Poland

  • Donato Caraballo

    Puerto la Cruz, Venezuela

  • Ines Christien Sánchez

    Madrid, Spain

  • Tamie Tominaga

    São Paulo, Brazil

  • Johana Simão

    Madeira, Portugal

  • Mia Bradley Lynne

    Jalisco, Mexico

  • Ferdinand Levin Von Lindeman

    Panama City

We're EF

For over 50 years, millions of students have travelled abroad with EF to learn a new language. With our mission to help you explore the world, we open unlimited possibilities for you to transform your dreams into international opportunities


You've registered for the EF Challenge 2019! Check your email to discover the next step on your path to New York.

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Thanks for participating in EF Challenge 2019! Winners will be announced on June 6th, 2019.

Time to inspire !

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