Got a month to spare? Apply to join a microplastics environmental research expedition to Antarctica


If increased signs of global warming and continual news of impending environmental crises and destruction of our planet have made you feel like you want to take greater positive action, then this could be the thing for you.

Airbnb and Ocean Conservancy are currently looking for 5 volunteers to join them for an environmental research expedition to Antarctica, "the most isolated place on Earth".

Successful applicants will join environmental scientist Kirstie Jones-Williams who'll be investigating the presence of microplastics in order to show the impact humans have had on the planet's most deserted and remote continent. You'll spend the first couple of weeks training, meeting your teammates and acclimatising in Chile before heading to Antarctica for ten days of work and exploration, visiting the South Pole and lots of other natural wonders. For the final week you'll return to Chile to prepare and process your findings, becoming an ambassador for ocean protection and sharing how to minimise the world's collective plastic footprint.

So if you've got a month to spare, feel you have the required credentials and fancy doing something worthwhile and completely different, you can read more and apply here.

Closes for applications at 11:59pm EDT on 8 October 2019 (3:59am GMT on 9 October)

Post by Stuart

Stuart discovered his passion for all things travel during one of his first jobs overseeing the travel section of a well-known bookshop. He has worked in publishing for 15 years, most recently as a freelance travel writer. He's always planning his next adventure away. Favourite destination? It has to be the Canadian Rockies. Next trip? Rio de Janeiro.

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