Free travel to Antarctic: Travelers recruited for scientific expedition

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  • An environmental project called “Antarctic Sabbatical” was recently launched
  • This project will have five people traveling to Antarctic in order to conduct a scientific research mission together with scientists
  • In order to be chosen, a set of requirements is provided to voyagers from different countries
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Traveling for a cause? Explorers usually go on an adventure in order to discover new places, things, and gain new experience from a foreign place or country.

Many people around the world enjoy the luxury of traveling because of the freedom and the fulfillment that it offers.

Some of us travel during our free time or vacation leave, while some of us travel for a living. But recently, a project was launched in order for the travelers to take on a scientific mission and experience the beauty of a foreign country at the same time.

An environmental project called “Antarctic Sabbatical” was created by the online lodging marketplace Airbnb, in partnership with a non-governmental organization, Ocean Conservancy. And fFrom the title of the project, it will take place on the Antarctic where five chosen travelers will stay in order to study the presence of microplastics.

No scientific qualifications are required in order to be chosen, but once selected, these five people will be considered “citizen scientists.”

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They will be accompanied by Kirstie Jones-Williams; an Antarctica specialist who is working on a doctorate in biological sciences at the United Kingdom’s University of Exeter.

But first, these five explorers should be available during this November and December. They should also be able to speak English with no difficulties to converse well with the team.

Once chosen, the citizen scientists will undergo training in glaciology and sample collection. And finally, once in Antarctic, they will then be collecting snow samples.

The objective of this mission is to detect microfibers which provide evidence regarding the presence of plastic. The data gathered will then be evaluated with regards to the distance traveled by waste pollution.

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But this project is not just all about research mission. Yes, the citizen scientists will also be given the opportunity to explore the Drake Icefall and the snowy Charles Peak Windscoop corridor.

This project is open to travelers from the following countries: South Africa, Germany, Argentina, Austria, Australia, Belgium, Brazil, Canada, Chile, China, Denmark, South Korea, Dubai, Spain, the United States, France, Ireland, India, Italy, and Hong Kong.

Additional countries are:  Japan, Malaysia, Mexico, Norway, New Zealand, the Netherlands, Portugal, the United Kingdom, Russia, Singapore, Sweden, Switzerland, Taiwan and Thailand.

Applications are found on Airbnb’s website you may click here. The five chosen candidates will be announced on Oct. 30.