Bulgarian National Debate Team 2019 Application Opens!

For the third year BDA (Bulgarian Debate Association) and the BEST Foundation are looking for 8 motivated high school students from across the country to represent Bulgaria by competing in an international debate tournament in Europe.

The team of students will undergo intense training and will get the chance to learn from experienced debaters, after which they will compete. Previous teams have had great achievements in the Heart of Europe Debating Tournament such as being in the octofinals in 2017 and quarterfinals in 2018, as well as participating in the World Schools Debate Tournament in 2018.

The selection process for the national team is planned in three stages. The members of the previous debate team and finalists of national debate tournaments for the 2017/2018 school year will get a direct invitation to the last stage of the process.

Everyone else (regardless of past debate experience) who wants to be part of the team can apply by following the steps below. All materials submitted must be in English!

First stage: Online Application

Deadline: 23th December, 23:59

  • Video in which the candidate should give a proposition-side speech up to 8 minutes, on the motion: This house believes that the government should ban hate speech.

  • Motivational letter, no longer than one page, answering the questions: Why do you want to be a member of the National Debate Team and how would you contribute to the team if you are selected?

Please send the video and motivational letter to nationaldebateteam@debate.bg no later than the 23th of December

The speech can be sent via any file-sharing platform (such as Google Drive or WeTransfer) or it can be uploaded to a video-sharing platform like YouTube.

Second Stage: Interview (This is stage is meant only for those who pass the first stage)
The interviews will be conducted between 5th and 15th January

After reviewing the results of the first stage, we will reach out to the candidates and inform them if they have qualified for the second one. The interview will be organized by the BDA and the BEST, and it will feature two parts:
(a) general questions concerning your motivation, personal traits and skills;
(b) an impromptu motion, on which you will think and give improvised arguments

Third Stage: Final Live Selection

TBD, Sofia

For the third and final stage we will select 20 students, who will go through three-day training camp where they will get the opportunity to work with the team’s coaches. At the end of the weekend, the eight members of the National Debate Team representing Bulgaria will be chosen.

The selected students will go through training camps and gain access to online seminars, resources and will participate in tournaments in order to improve and develop.

If you have questions, don’t hesitate to ask us at

Прессъобщение преди турнира на "БЕСТ" във Враца през 2018 г.

ПЕГ “Йоан Екзарх” ще бъде домакин на есенния турнир по реч и дебати

На 17-18 ноември 2018 г. ученици от цяла България ще участват в турнир по реч и дебати на английски език в ПЕГ “Йоан Екзарх”, гр. Враца. Това ще бъде първото състезание на Фондация “БЕСТ” за учебната 2018-2019 година и вторият път на града и на училището като домакини. Учениците ще се състезават в следните 5 дисциплини на английски език: дебати, публична реч, драматически дует, рецитиране на проза и рецитиране на поезия. Награди ще бъдат връчени за всяка една от тези категории, както и за цялостно отборно представяне.

Турнирът във Враца ще бъде първи  за “БЕСТ” за 2018/2019 година и общо 29-и.  На него могат да се състезават отбори от цялата страна, но предимно се насърчава участието на тези от западна България. Очаква се над 280 ученици да посетят състезанието.

Турнирът е първият от двата областни турнирa през първия учебен срок. Второто състезание ще се проведе в Сливен на 1-2 декември. “БЕСТ” ще организира още четири турнира през втория срок: два регионални, един национален и един международен турнир.

За Фондация “БЕСТ”

“БЕСТ” на английски е съкращение на “Български турнири по английска реч и дебати”. Основана през 2013 година, Фондация “БЕСТ” предоставя на българските ученици, изучаващи английски език, възможност да бъдат част от общност, където не само да усъвършенстват уменията си по английски език, но и да постигнат личностно развитие. “БЕСТ” си поставя за цел да мотивира учениците да мислят критически, да се изразяват креативно, и да бъдат част от общество, което активно се интересува от бъдещето и успеха на България. Предоставяме възможност за участие в състезания по английска реч и дебати както в България, така и международно.

2018 Vratsa Pre-tournament Press Release

Yoan Ekzarh Foreign Language School - Vratsa to Host 2018 Speech and Debate Tournament

On November 17-18th 2018, Yoan Ekzarh Language School in Vratsa will host a BEST tournament - a second time for both the school and the town. Students will compete in five events: English-language debate, poetry and prose performance, duo interpretation, and original oratory.

The Vratsa tournament will be BEST’s 29th tournament and the first in the 2018-2019 school year.

The tournament is open to English-language speech and debate teams across the country, but targets schools located in the western region. BEST expects to host approximately 360 people in Vratsa, including over 280 student competitors.

The tournament will be the first of two fall regional tournaments. The East Tournament will take place in Sliven on December 1-2nd 2019. BEST will also host four tournaments during the Spring semester: two regional tournaments, a tournament hosted at AUBG, and a National tournament.

About The BEST Foundation

BEST stands for Bulgarian English Speech and Debate Tournaments. Established in 2013, BEST provides the English-language learners of Bulgaria an opportunity to come together and pursue personal growth through English language speech and debate. BEST aims to empower students to think critically, express themselves creatively, and create a dynamic community that truly cares about the success and the future of Bulgaria. We provide a platform for English-language speech and debate domestically and send Bulgarian students abroad to compete internationally.