International Debate Team

Bulgarian National Debate Team Application (2016-2017)

Sofia Debate Association (SDA) and the Bulgarian English Speech and Debate Tournaments (BEST) Foundation are seeking 10 motivated and passionate high school students from all over the country to represent Bulgaria at international debate tournaments in Europe. The team will undergo intensive debate training by a number of experienced coaches in early May and will then be sent to a prestigious debating tournament abroad. Thanks to the generous support of the American for Bulgaria Foundation and the organizers at SDA and BEST, all expenses will be fully covered including transportation, registration fees and food. No debate experience is necessary to apply!

Phase One: Written Application – the deadline (April 7) has passed

Phase Two: Interview (if selected)

You will be notified after the written application deadline if you have been selected for an interview. The interview will be conducted by a panel of SDA-BEST representatives and will contain two parts: (a) general questions related to motivation, personal qualities and skills and (b) an impromptu argumentative portion during which you will have time to brainstorm a given motion and then present arguments for one side.

Team Bulgaria (2015-2016)

Team Bulgaria comprised of 10 students chosen and trained to represent our country at international World Schools Debate competitions. From the 13th to the 18th of July, Team Bulgaria took part in the Heart of Europe 2016 International Debating Tournament.

The team debated on 4 impromptu motions and the two prepared motions: “THBT the constitutions of liberal democracies should not enshrine LGBTQ rights” and “THW pay citizens to house refugees”. If you’d like to see how the team did, check out the Team Bulgaria page on Facebook!

Team Bulgaria would not have been possible without the support of Sofia Municipality, the American College of Sofia and the American University in Bulgaria. The participation fees for the Heart of Europe Debate Tournament were funded as a part of the “Debaters for a civic society” project (PR-SO 2016-PO1-028) by the Sofia Municipality “Evropa” program.


Team Bulgaria се състоя от 10 избрани и тренирани ученици с цел предствяне на страната ни на международни състезания по дебати с формат “World Schools”. От 13-и до 18-и юли отборът взе участие в Heart of Europe 2016 International Debating Tournament.

Отборът дебатира по 4 импромптю теми и по двете зададени теми: „ТП вярва, че правата на ЛГБТ общността не трябва да бъдат специално обособени в конституциите на демократичните държави“ и „ТП ще плаща на гражданите, за да приютят бежанци“. За да видите как се справи отборът, посетете фейсбук страницата.

Проектът Team Bulgaria се осъществи с подкрепата на Столична община, Американски Колеж – София и Американски университет в България – Благоевград. Таксата за участие в турнира Heart of Europe беше финансирана като част от проекта „Дебатьори за гражданско общество“ (PR-SO 2016-PO1-028) по програма Европа на Столична община.

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