Airbnb is offering five volunteers a free month-long trip to Antarctica


ANTARCTICA (WHTM) – Airbnb is looking for five people to embark on an all-paid, month-long trip to Antarctica to study the environmental impact humans are having on the isolated continent.

Airbnb partnered with the non-profit advocacy group Ocean Conservancy to run the Antarctic Sabbatical, which will involve traveling to the region in December to join Antarctic Scientist Kirstie Jones-Williams on a research mission.

Airbnb explained the trip as “an unprecedented opportunity for five passionate individuals to travel to Earth’s most remote continent” in a press release on Monday.

The five people selected to become “volunteer citizen scientists” will collect snow samples and study the extent to which microplastics have reached Antarctica.

No formal qualifications are required to be considered for the position — instead, Airbnb is looking for people with “an adventurous spirit, passion for the environment and willingness to apply.”

However, candidates must be over 18 to apply for the Antarctic Sabbatical and be able to travel for a month between November and December this year.

The last day to apply for the expedition is Oct. 8.

Before traveling to Antarctica, participants will spend two weeks training in Punta Arenas, Chile, to complete courses on glaciology and field sampling, as well as lab work and equipment practice.

Then, you spend ten days in Antarctica filled with long hours of work and exploration. You’ll get the chance to visit the South Pole and explore the beauty of Antarctic sites like the Drake Icefall, Charles Peak Windscoop, and Elephant’s Head. In-between riding snowmobiles and fat bikes, much of your time will be spent collecting snow samples to be studied in the lab.

After the ten days in Antarctica, you and your team will return to Chile to spend a few days processing your learnings, in order to show the impact humans have had on the most remote region on Earth.

Jones-Williams said in the release. “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.”

The Antarctic Sabbatical is part of a wider scheme being rolled out by Airbnb, which the firm says is intended to encourage people to take career breaks to complete community projects. It follows the “Italian Sabbatical,” a project that sent five people to restore the Italian village of Grottole. More than 280,000 people from all over the world applied to take part in the three-month trip, which concluded in August.

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