Antarctica is one of those places that is on most people’s wishlists, but the sheer logistics (and expense) of visiting means it’s often no more than a pipe dream.
But Airbnb is about to change all of that for intrepid explorers.
The holiday rentals platform has teamed up with Ocean Conservancy to offer five people a FREE month-long trip to Antarctica.
All your travel expenses, food and accommodation will be covered for the duration of the trip, AND you’ll get to join Kirstie Jones-Williams, Antarctic Scientist, for a scientific research mission.
Dubbed the ‘Antarctic Sabbatical’, you’ll get to explore the earth’s most remote continent and help collect snow samples to study the extent to which microplastics have made their way to the interior of Antarctica.
The trip will include immersion training in Punta Arenas, Chile, with courses on glaciology and field sampling, your flight to Antarctica and the scientific mission.
Oh, and of course there are plenty of bucket list moments such as a visit to the South Pole where you can walk around the globe in just a few steps, as well as trips to iconic sites such as Drake Icefall, Charles Peak Windscoop and Elephant’s Head.
After the trip you’ll return to Chile where you can continue to study your findings and work with Ocean Conservancy to become ambassadors for protecting the oceans.
After all, the aim of the mission is to bring greater awareness to humans’ impact on the climate in one of the world’s least understood and most isolated ecosystems.
Think you’d be perfect for the volunteer role? You can submit your application by filling out the form on the Airbnb Antarctic Sabbatical page – but make sure you do so by Tuesday 8th October when the applications close.
To enter you must be over 18 and available to travel to Chile and Antarctica for a month from November to December 2019.
Kirstie Jones-Williams said: “Most people think of Antarctica as a pristine and isolated continent, but recent evidence shows that even the most remote locations are affected by plastic pollution.
“This expedition will help us understand the pathways of microplastics to remote regions such as Antarctica and comes at a critical time to highlight our responsibility to protect our natural world.”
“This expedition will be hard work, with scientific rigour required during unforgiving wintery conditions. We are looking for passionate individuals, with a sense of global citizenship, who are excited to be a part of the team and to return home and share our findings with the world.”