• INSPIRING EXPLORERS’ EXPEDITION 2019

    Antarctic Peninsula

    March 2-17

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Do you have a strong curiosity to go out and explore the world?

Do you want to get out of your comfort zone by travelling to the world’s most extreme environment?

Are you interested in learning about Antarctica’s history, environment, wildlife, science and stories of early exploration?

Do you have special skills that will enable you to share these stories with others?

Connecting young people with the spirit of exploration

What are Inspiring Explorers’ Expeditions?

Antarctic Heritage Trust is a New Zealand-based charity with a vision of inspiring explorers. Through its mission to conserve, share and encourage the spirit of exploration, the Trust cares for the remarkable expedition bases of early Antarctic explorers including Scott, Shackleton and Hillary.

The Trust’s Inspiring Explorers’ Expeditions aim to provide opportunities for young people to experience Antarctica and connect them with the legacy of polar exploration. These expeditions engage people with the legacy and spirit of exploration, inspiring a new generation of explorers.

The Trust is providing an opportunity of a lifetime in March 2019 for a group of young people from New Zealand to participate in a ten day expedition off the Antarctic Peninsula. The expedition is heavily sponsored and you will be expected to share your story to inspire others with the spirit of exploration.

This expedition follows on from the success of the Trust’s 2015 Inspiring Explorers’ Expedition crossing South Georgia Island via the Shackleton route, the 2017 Inspiring Explorers’ Expedition climbing Mt Scott on the Antarctic Peninsula, and recently the 2018 Inspiring Explorers’ Expedition to traverse the Greenland ice cap in honour of Fridtjof Nansen.

Where are we going?

The 2019 expedition will see us return to Antarctica. Participants will explore the Antarctic Peninsula by ship with the opportunity for kayak excursions in Antarctic waters with New Zealand Olympian Mike Dawson and expert guides. Travel via ship from South America across the famed Drake Passage with our partner One Ocean Expeditions.

Experience the spirit of the early polar explorers; a remarkable legacy the Trust cares for on behalf of humanity. Learn about the history of Antarctica, its wildlife, science and its importance to the world today.

When are we going?

The expedition will take place from 2 March to 17 March 2019; including travel time from New Zealand and back.

Our Inspiring Explorers will fly to Ushuaia, Argentina, from there they will embark on the voyage south to the Peninsula.

What does the expedition involve?

This expedition will provide up to five participants with the opportunity to explore Antarctica with Antarctic Heritage Trust and Mike Dawson (two-time Olympian and NZ kayak champion).

Expedition partners One Ocean Expeditions and Mike Dawson will lead guided kayaking journeys off a vessel through Antarctic waters.

There will be time to explore the Antarctic Peninsula, and see the marine mammals and wildlife unique to Antarctica. The expedition group may have the opportunity to camp overnight on the ice, however this will depend on weather conditions.

Highlights of this expedition include:

  • An opportunity to experience Antarctica!
  • An opportunity to explore the Antarctic Peninsula with expert guides
  • An opportunity for students to learn and develop new skills, such as kayaking
  • An opportunity to join Olympian Mike Dawson and One Ocean Expedition kayak guides for kayaking adventures off a vessel
  • A night camping on the ice (subject to conditions)
  • The chance to get out of your comfort zone and do something you’ve never done before

Why are we doing this expedition?

Antarctic Heritage Trust wants to connect young people with the spirit of exploration by providing opportunities for them to go out and explore the world, to get them off their devices and out of their comfort zone. This trip will offer people a chance to push themselves, to connect with experts, and learn about the history, science, wildlife, environment and legacy of exploration in Antarctica. Participants will discover the spirit of exploration in the world’s most extreme environment and experience the spirit of the early polar explorers; a remarkable legacy the Trust cares for on behalf of humanity.

Who should apply?

Read the full Eligibility Criteria and Expedition Member Obligations.

Inspiring Explorers must:

  • Be between 18 – 30 years of age
  • Currently reside in New Zealand
  • Be a citizen or permanent resident of New Zealand
  • Have basic kayaking skills and water safety

The top character traits we are looking for include:

  • An adventurous spirit
  • Team player
  • Curiosity
  • Desire to share your experience to inspire others
  • Resilience
  • Positive attitude
  • A sense of humour 

You do not have to be an expert kayaker to apply. However, if you have never kayaked before, you must be prepared to undertake a kayak course at your own cost if required.

What gear do I need?

Kayaks and equipment will be provided, including a Gore-Tex dry suit, neoprene boots, lifejacket and mitts. Participants will also have the use of a waterproof/windproof jacket and bib-pants, boots and backpack. Participants are expected to provide your own base layers (thermals), insulating layers (fleece or wool for both tops and bottoms, and multiple pairs of warm socks), headwear and gloves, and sun protection gear;

How fit do I need to be?

While you do not need to be an elite athlete to do this trip it is recommended that you are in good health with have a moderate level of physical fitness. A positive attitude and being prepared mentally is critical. It’s also important that you don’t mind a bit of cold!

Outreach Programme

Each Inspiring Explorer is expected to conceive and deliver an outreach programme.

The focus is on sharing the experience to inspire others to explore.

Examples of outreach could include sharing the story through presentations, blogging, social media, photography, traditional media, short film or video content. Or it may be something else that’s awesome and created by you.

We are looking for Inspiring Explorers who each offer a unique outreach programme reaching different audiences. It is up to each applicant to develop and tell us your plan.

Meet Mike…

AHT is thrilled to be partnering with Olympic kayaker Mike Dawson, who will be joining the Inspiring Explorers’ Expedition as a kayaking mentor.

Mike Dawson was born in Tauranga in 1986. After taking up kayaking at a young age, the sport quickly became his main focus. He has so far competed in two Olympic Games, has achieved silver and bronze medals in extreme kayaking championships, and has participated in kayaking expeditions in Chile, Uganda, Pakistan and beyond…

“I have loved kayaking ever since I first started doing it as a kid. I’m absolutely stoked to be joining AHT to share my passion for kayaking with other young New Zealanders and hopefully teach people some new skills!”

Application Process

Applications open: Friday 7 September

Applications close: Sunday 30 September (midnight NZ time)

Interviews – (in person or by Skype): mid October

Shakedown trip: February 9-10 2019*

*Shortlisted applicants must be available to travel to Auckland, New Zealand for the shakedown selection trip. Travel, accommodation and food costs will be covered by the Trust.

Successful candidates will be informed in October 2018

Confirmation paperwork must be signed by: Wed 31 October 2018

Payment of NZD$2000 due by: Wed 31 October 2018

Public announcement of Inspiring Explorers’ team: February 2019

How do you apply?

Complete the application form, and ensure you meet the eligibility criteria.

Send the completed application form, your CV and a head shot to: info@nzaht.org

Applications close midnight New Zealand time, Sunday 30 September 2018.

If you have any questions please contact us at: info@nzaht.org

Our Expedition Partner

This expedition will be guided by respected polar expedition company One Ocean Expeditions and participants will travel to Antarctica via a One Ocean Expeditions vessel.

How much will it cost?

This expedition is heavily-sponsored by Antarctic Heritage Trust.

We ask each Inspiring Explorer to contribute NZD2000 towards the trip.

Antarctic Heritage Trust will pay for:

  • Flights to and from Ushuaia
  • All accommodation and incidentals before and after the voyage
  • The expedition itself, including permits, guides, transport, transfers and group equipment cost
  • Shakedown trip in Auckland (9-10 February 2019)

If selected, you will need to cover the following costs:

  • NZD2000 towards the expedition
  • Overweight/excess baggage fees
  • Personal clothing and equipment
  • Personal travel insurance
  • Travel insurance for personal camera, video, laptop gear
  • Personal outdoor clothing from skin to outer layers
  • Other incidentals

Read more in the Eligibility Criteria and Expedition Member Obligations.

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“I have loved kayaking ever since I first started doing it as a kid. I’m absolutely stoked to be joining AHT to share my passion for kayaking with other young New Zealanders and hopefully teach people some new skills!” We are thrilled to have Olympian and inspiring New Zealander Mike Dawson joining us on our Inspiring Explorers' Expedition 2019 to Antarctica. Mike is a champion kayaker and Olympic Ambassador, and will act as a kayaking mentor for participants on this expedition to the Antarctic Peninsula. Great to have you on board Mike! Inspiring Explorers applications are open now for New Zealanders aged 18-30. Hit the link to find out more and to apply. 🛶

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Could this be you...? Applications are now open for our Inspiring Explorers' Expedition 2019 to Antarctica. Participants will explore the Antarctic Peninsula by ship, with the opportunity for kayak excursions in Antarctic waters with Olympic Mike Dawson and expert guides. If you are a New Zealander aged 18-30, with a curiosity for exploration - check out the link to find out how you can apply for this unique experience.
Applications close midnight, Sunday 30 September. 🐧❄️🛶 #explore #discover #Antarctica #InspiringExplorers 📷: @oneoceanexp
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Are you keen to get out of your comfort zone? Applications are open now for AHT's Inspiring Explorers' Expedition 2019 to Antarctica. Link in bio for more. 🐧❄️🛶🐋 #explore #discover #Antarctica #inspiringexplorers 📷: Simon Lucas
BIG NEWS! 
Applications are now open for the 2019 Inspiring Explorers' Expedition. We are excited to announce that we are heading to the Antarctic Peninsula in March next year. 
If you're a New Zealander aged 18-30 this could be your chance to join us on a 10 day expedition to explore the Antarctic Peninsula by ship with the opportunity for kayak excursions in Antarctic waters with Olympic kayaker Mike Dawson and expert guides. Travel via ship from South America across the famed Drake Passage with our partner One Ocean Expeditions​. Experience the spirit of the early polar explorers; a remarkable legacy the Trust cares for on behalf of humanity. Learn about the history of Antarctica, its wildlife, science and its importance to the world today. 
Inspiring Explorers will each need to deliver an outreach programme to share their stories and inspire others to explore. Outreach could include presentations, video content, virtual reality creation, social media and blogging, writing, photography or another project using your talents. 
To apply, go to the link in bio - but hurry, applications close Sunday 30 September! 🐧❄️🛶 #explore #discover #Antarctica #InspiringExplorers #applynow
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