Be one of five volunteers to live and work alongside scientists on an all-expenses-paid trip to Antarctica, thanks to a new joint venture from Airbnb and the Ocean Conservancy.
The project is seeking five people to join its month-long research expedition to the most isolated place on Earth. The project will take place during November and December and no formal qualifications are necessary, which means that anyone can sign up for this once-in-a-lifetime opportunity.
Take part in cutting-edge research
Successful applicants will get the chance to collect snow samples and help conduct studies into how far microplastics have made their way to Antarctica’s interior. The first-of-its-kind research aims to increase awareness about the far-reaching consequences humans have on even the most remote ecosystems.
‘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,’ said the expedition’s lead scientist Kirstie Jones-Williams.
‘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.
How to apply
When Airbnb hosted its first sabbatical programme in the Italian village of Grottole this summer, it received more than 280,000 applications. It’s predicted that application numbers will be even higher this the around.
To find out more and apply for the Antarctic Sabbatical, visit airbnb.com/sabbatical.