Young Inspiring ExplorersTM Worsley Weekend FAQ for Students
What are the dates for the Worsley Weekend?
Saturday 20 and Sunday 21 November 2021.
How does the Covid-19 situation affect the Worsley Weekend going ahead?
The Worsley Weekend will only go ahead if Canterbury is in Level 1 or below on the event date of 20 November 2021. Please keep an eye on our website for regular updates.
What if the Worsley Weekend is cancelled?
If we have to cancel the Weekend as a result of Canterbury being in Alert Level 2 or above, we will offer selected applicants the opportunity to participate in an alternate event in early 2022.
What if I am struggling to pay the contribution fee 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 will I get to the starting point of the Worsley Weekend?
We will begin the Worsley Weekend by meeting at the Antarctic Heritage Trust office. You will need your parent or caregiver to drop you off with us in the morning. If you live on Banks Peninsula, we can work with your parent or caregiver to have you meet the group in Akaroa if that is easier for you.
Can I apply if I am not enrolled in a Canterbury-based school?
The Worsley Weekend is themed around the life of Frank Worsley, who grew up in Akaroa and Christchurch, we are keeping this event local. You need to be enrolled in a selected Canterbury school to apply for this event.
Can I apply if I am not in Year 7-9?
You must be in Year 7-9 at school in 2021.
Can I also apply for the Young Inspiring ExplorersTM Summit over the weekend of Saturday 6 and Sunday 7 November 2021?
If your school is enrolled in the William Pike Challenge and you are in Year 7-9, you are eligible to apply for both the Worsley Weekend and the Summit. Each event has a different focus and programme of activities, but are both designed to encourage the spirit of exploration.
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?
The event will be tech-free! You will be able to make calls in emergencies and your parent or caregiver will be able to contact us at any time throughout the weekend.
What clothing do I need to bring?
Selected applicants will be provided with a gear list well ahead of the event. No specialist gear or clothing is needed but sturdy shoes for walking and a rain jacket are important.
Do I need to bring a sleeping bag?
Yes, you will need to bring your own sleeping bag and pillow. We will be sleeping in indoor accommodation in Wainui.
What happens if I get homesick?
We will do our best to make you feel welcome and supported. 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, you can 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 many of the students on this programme, it might be their first time away from home 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.
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.
What if I don’t know anything about Frank Worsley or Antarctica?
That’s okay! We are all here to learn and it doesn’t matter if you don’t know anything about Frank Worsley or Antarctica. The pre-programme work will help you with this.
Do I need to do the post-programme requirement of a 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 attend a morning tea event in December in Christchurch to give a short presentation on your experience. If you are unable to attend this morning tea, you will need to send in a short video for us to play in your absence. People will be so interested to hear what you have to say.
Please contact the Inspiring ExplorersTM Programme Coordinator directly if you have any further questions which have not been addressed here.
Jessica Hughes Hutton
M: 021 268 4144