Airbnb and Ocean Conservancy have announced the launch of the ‘A Sabbath Time in Antarctica’ initiative, which will choose five volunteers to join a scientific expedition in Antarctica in December.
In a statement, the platform has reported that the selected volunteers will accompany the Antarctic scientist Kirstie Jones-Williams on a research mission in which they will collect snow samples and study to what extent microplastics have made their way to the interior of the Antarctica.
The objective of the initiative is to “raise public awareness about the impact of human beings on the climate in one of the least studied and most isolated ecosystems in the world.”
The scientist Jones-Williams has explained that recent findings show that “even the most remote areas are affected by plastic pollution”, and has assured that the expedition will not be easy.
“It will require great scientific rigor in harsh winter conditions. We are looking for people who are passionate about what they do,” said the scientist.
Airbnb will choose five volunteers to join a scientific expedition in Antarctica
ONE MONTH IN THE ANTARCTICA
The expedition will last one month, the selected volunteers will attend an intensive training in Punta Arenas (Chile), with courses in glaciology, field sampling, laboratory tasks and practices with the equipment.
Then, they will fly to Antarctica to begin their scientific mission, collect snow samples from the interior of the continent and study them in search of strange microfibers.
In addition, you can visit the South Pole and emblematic places in Antarctica, such as Drake Icefall, Charles Peak Windscoop and Elephant’s Head, to discover the geography of the continent.