What are the dates of the Young Inspiring ExplorersTM Summit?
Friday 10 – Sunday 12 November
How does the Covid-19 pandemic affect the Summit going ahead?
The Summit will go ahead unless the Government imposes travel and gathering restrictions. We do ask that you test yourself for Covid-19 ahead of travelling if you are symptomatic. If a student is showing symptoms during the weekend, a staff member will isolate with them and carry out a test. If positive, a parent/caregiver will be contacted ASAP.
Will we go to Antarctica?
Not on this trip. As part of the Antarctic Heritage Trust (AHT) Alumni Programme you’ll receive all the latest updates and information about taking part in future AHT expeditions that do go to Antarctica.
What if I am struggling to pay the $75 contribution after I’m accepted?
That is okay. Have a parent or caregiver send us an email and we can see what we can do. Don’t let it be a barrier to applying.
How does the application process work?
The application has two parts. First, you will complete a short written application accessed via our website. Once completed, you will receive an email with a link to SparkHire, an online interview platform, and will be asked to record yourself answering 5 questions. We will give you these questions ahead of you completing this part.
Your nominated referee will also receive an email with a link to complete a written reference on your behalf.
Applications close at midnight Sunday 10 September 2023. Please leave yourself enough time to complete both parts.
Can I use my mobile device to record my video responses to the SparkHire interview questions?
The application website is mobile compatible, so you should be able to complete part two of your application on your phone, tablet, or computer with a camera. Should you have any issues, please contact us.
Do I need to bring a sleeping bag and sleeping mat?
Yes. You will need to bring your own sleeping bag and sleeping mat. A full gear list will be provided for selected students. We will supply the tent.
Do I need to bring snacks?
No. We will provide all the food you need for the weekend.
Can you accommodate my dietary restrictions?
We sure can. If accepted, we will go over any special considerations with you.
Will we have cell phone service?
Yes, but this weekend will be tech-free so be sure to let loved ones know you’ll be out of contact for the weekend. If any emergencies crop up, they can contact us.
What gear do I need to bring?
Clothing for the weekend, sturdy shoes and a rain jacket are the most important things. If you do not have access to any gear, do let us know ASAP.
Are you carbon offsetting the flights?
Yes, we will be offsetting the flights.
What happens if I get homesick?
We will do our best to welcome you into the AHT family. There are going to be lots of fun things planned so we don’t think you will get homesick. If you are feeling a little lonely come and talk to an adult and we can see what we can do to make you feel more comfortable. And remember, you are not alone. For some of the students on the Summit, it might be their first time away from home, on a plane or taking part in a programme like this. Make the most of the experience and you’ll be home soon.
Do I need to be a New Zealand citizen?
No, you do not but you must live in New Zealand.
What if I don’t know anything about Antarctica?
That’s okay! We are all here to learn and it doesn’t matter about your base knowledge of Antarctica.
Do I need to do the pre-programme work?
Yes you do. If you come in with a bit more knowledge it will make the short time we have together so much more valuable.
Can I have help planning to give a presentation when I return to my community?
Definitely! We are going to prepare a few slides with information about Antarctic Heritage Trust’s work, give you some photos from the weekend and a few tips on how to give a good presentation. No experience required, this is a time to learn.
Do I need to do the post-programme requirement of a community presentation?
We hope you will be bursting with excitement to share! If you want to earn your certificate and fully complete the programme, then you will need to share your experience. This can be to a single classroom, your whole school, a sports team, a religious group, a marae, or a public library. People will be so interested to hear what you have to say.
What if I’m afraid of dogs?
The husky dogs are used to working with people and are very friendly. If it is all too much for you, we can work with the handlers to make you comfortable. This is going to be a great time to challenge your fears and grow.
Do I need to have any special outdoor skills?
You do not need to have any special outdoor skills for the Summit. We will be camping but we can help you set up your tent. Any other activities we do will come with instructions as many of your peers will be learning alongside you.
What are the physical requirements for the Summit?
We will be moving and on our feet most of the time and will be doing quite a bit of walking. If you have any questions or reservations please let us know.