Student Travel Company Launches Essay Contest with Social Media Twist

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EcoTeach, a student travel company that combines conservation, recreation and cultural awareness, has kicked off its “How Travel Can Change Your World” essay contest, an online contest that utilizes a popular vote strategy driven by social media to determine winners.

EcoTeach's "How Travel Can Change Your World Contest" Kicks off March 1. Upload Essay at www.ecoteachcontest.com

From March 1st to April 30th, students and teachers are encouraged to submit a 250-word essay on how travel has, or could, change their world at www.econteachcontest.com. Five winners will receive EcoTeach Bucks and other prizes up for grabs.

EcoTeach, a student travel company specializing in life-changing trips to Costa Rica, Peru and Mexico that combine conservation, recreation and cultural awareness, has kicked off its “How Travel Can Change Your World” essay contest, an online contest that utilizes a popular vote strategy driven by social media to determine winners.

From March 1st to April 30th, students and teachers are encouraged to log onto http://www.ecoteachcontest.com and submit a 250-word essay that focuses on how travel has, or could, change their world. The essay entry may also include one photo.

On May 3rd, a four-week voting period begins. The essay contest page is open to anyone who wants to cast a vote. Essay contestants can drive votes to their essay by posting a link to their essay on Facebook, MySpace, Twitter or other social networks, sending it to friends and family via email, or featuring it on their blog. To cast their vote, people need only to click on the vote box next to the desired essay and fill out a short voting form to ensure no duplicate votes are cast.

“We wanted to launch a fun, interactive promotion that could connect with the thousands of students and teachers who have already experienced one of our trips – and also reach a new crop of teachers and students interested in travel that makes a difference in the world,” notes Deb Smucker, owner of EcoTeach. “We recognize that students and teachers communicate through social media and felt that by opening the contest to popular vote, we could give them a fun way to share their thoughts on how travel has shaped their world, and at the same time, harness the power of social media to expand awareness of EcoTeach.”

Winners for the "How Travel Can Change Your World" Essay Contest will be announced June 15. One (1) first place winner will receive $500 in EcoTeach Bucks. One (1) second place winner will receive $250 in EcoTeach bucks. The EcoTeach bucks can be put toward any 2010 or 2011 eco-trips to Costa Rica, applied to EcoTeach merchandise or donated to the EcoTeach Foundation to support a specific project in the winner’s name. Five (5) third place winners will receive an EcoTeach Prize Package valued at $50.

About EcoTeach
EcoTeach is dedicated to providing travel experiences that combine education with conservation, recreation and cultural awareness. Since 1994, more than 8,000 travelers have journeyed with our team of experienced professionals to Costa Rica, Mexico and Peru working side by side with local communities to change perceptions and behavior regarding conservation and ecology. More information is available at http://www.ecoteach.com or by calling 800-626-8992.

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