Information for International and Domestic Teams
The Buddy Team program pairs domestic (US) teams with international teams in order to foster a multi-cultural exchange experience. Paired teams support one another throughout the tournament and have the opportunity to form lifelong friendships. Teams are matched based on their level of participation and, where possible, in a different Challenge. Unfortunately, requests for teams from certain geographic regions cannot be granted.
Any team can participate in this wonderful experience. Both domestic and international teams must register to be a buddy team during online registration. Not all domestic teams will be paired with an international team due to the large amount of applicants. Pairings are done on a random basis and your team will be informed of their buddy team two weeks prior to the tournament. We ask that any domestic team wishing to participate in the program is available for a Wednesday morning Meet and Greet event. Please visit GlobalFinals.org for more information.
Buddy Team Meet & Greet at Global Finals 2013 Video
Buddy Teams FAQ
What is the Buddy Team program?
The goal of the Buddy Team program is to ‘link up’ teams from around the world in order to provide participants with the opportunity to take part in a unique cultural exchange. They spend their free time together and might go bowling, grab lunch, or attend an event together – it all depends on the teams.
Many times, teams will exchange small gifts, so please come prepared.
Will our Buddy Team speak English?
Some teams will have excellent English capabilities, while others may not be able to speak more than a few words of English. Some of the best experiences have come from the teams having to find a way to communicate. Sometimes Team Managers will not speak English and teams may not be successful in e-mail communication prior to the Tournament. Each International team is paired with a US team whom they are encouraged to spend time with and support throughout the Tournament. Teams are paired with a team from the same competition level, and where possible, from a different Challenge. Typically teams support one another during their Team Challenge or before their Instant Challenges.
How to I participate as a DOMESTIC (US) team?
Your team must register to take part in this optional program during the online registration process. There will be a box that says, “Would your team like to take part in the International Ambassador Program?” Click “Yes” to participate. Due to the disparity between the number of domestic versus international teams, not all domestic teams that register will be able to participate in the program.
How do I participate as an INTERNATIONAL team?
Your team must register to take part in this optional program during the online registration process. There will be a box that says, “Would your team like to take part in the International Ambassador Program?” Click “Yes” to participate.
When do I meet my buddy team? How do I contact them?
Contact information will be provided two weeks prior to Global Finals. Team Managers will receive the following information:
Team Manager’s Name, Team Manager’s E-mail, Team Number, Team Challenge, Team’s Country, Province or State, a Team Pairing Number
*Please note that the names of the team members, number of team members and age/sex of team members is not available. Please contact the Team Manager for that information. Also, teams cannot be requested from specific geographic regions.
- Instructions and information for the ‘Meet and Greet’ Event- The Meet and Greet event will take place on Wednesday morning and your team is encouraged to make travel arrangements accordingly.
Meet and Greet Event
World’s Fair Park, Wednesday May, 21, 8:30 am – 10:00 am
Teams will have the opportunity to enjoy a light snack with their Buddy Team. More information about this event will be provided to you when you receive your pairing.