BTE Student Stories

Student Ambassador Ivy Machaka

At ABTS 2018 in Lisbon, Portugal, Ivy represented her community, Leeds, UK, as a student ambassador. While there, she student Intercultural Fluency, and earned a digital badge in the subject. To practice her skills, she competed in a challenge to come up with a compelling STEM2D activity with a team made up of students from two different countries. See what she had to say about BTE and ABTS:

My Favorite BTE memory is…

My favorite BTE memory has to be the ABTS trip to Portugal! I have enjoyed every single moment and really got an opportunity to explore and learn lots about different cultures outside of my own. But most importantly I have made amazing, and definitely inspiring, lifelong friends.

To me, BTE has meant…

To me BTE has meant an amazing opportunity to meet great people and really build strong relationships with my peers. It’s also played an important part in shaping me as an individual.

The most important thing I will take away from BTE is…

The most important thing I will take away from BTE is all the incredible skills I have gained, not only a physical aspect, but also an academic aspect. For example, I have definitely grown more confident in public speaking due to the many presentations and panels I have participated in, and we have learned so much about research and planning.

Thanks to my time in BTE and at ABTS, in the future I will…

Thanks to my time in BTE and at ABTS, in the future I will be prepared for the working world and fully equipped with knowledge, skills and life experiences that will differentiate me from many people. I will strive to achieve my goals and aspirations as BTE and ABTS as taught me to challenge the world that we live in and recognize how I can make a difference.


We are proud to award Ivy a digital badge in Intercultural Fluency for her work at ABTS 2018. She showed improvement in skills allowing one to work with people from other cultures. These are:

  1. Show Curiosity
  2. Recognize and challenge one’s own cultural biases
  3. Appreciate Diverse Perspectives
  4. Demonstrate Self Awareness