Your Big Year

Global Competition

Your Big Year is World Merit's Global Competition focused around Entrepreneurship and Global Citizenship. Since 2010, we have had 4 Global Ambassadors travel the world volunteering in communities, working on conservation projects and delivering education programs.


Applications for Your Big Year are currently closed, but don't worry, we have lots of other cool opportunities for you such as Merit Next! Create a World Merit account and we will keep you informed about Your big Year and our other opportunities.



Your Big Year 3, San Francisco, USA

Highlights of Your Big Year 3 include, a storytelling and video making workshop from Giancarlo Esposito, (Breaking Bad's "Gus") an innovation challenge at Deloitte Centre for the Edge, media workshop at Bloomberg and collaborative thinking at google. The winner of Your Big Year 3 was Martina Buchal from Canada! She is now traveling the world as the World Merit Global Ambassador.

Charles' Big Year, Uganda

Charles Batte became World Merit Ambassador after impressing the judges  with a real will to make a difference coupled with first-class oratory skills. Highlights of his trip include conservation volunteering in Kenya, working with children in India and marine conservation on the Great Barrier Reef in Australia. 

Your Big Year 2, Liverpool & London, UK

Highlights of Your Big Year 2 include the finalists meeting and interviewing entrepreneur, Richard Branson, and founder Martha Lane Fox. Finalists pitched ideas at the Global Entrepreneurship Congress and debated with Members of Parliament in the house of commons.

Carielle and Michael's Big Year 

Carielle Doe (NYC, USA) and Michael Teoh Su Lim (Penang, Malaysia) were the first World Merit Ambassadors to travel the world, They visited 22 different countries including China, Australia, Colombia, Peru, USA, Hungary, Thailand, Malaysia, Guatemala and Zimbabwe.