2021 – Young Inspiring Explorers™ Worsley Weekend

Would you like to join us for a weekend of exploration celebrating a famous Antarctic explorer who lived in Akaroa over 100 years ago?

If you live in Canterbury and are in Years 7-9 this school year then you are eligible to apply.

Do you have:

  • A positive attitude
  • A natural curiosity about the world
  • A willingness to try new things and step out of your comfort zone
  • A desire to work alongside a small team of fellow explorers to achieve a goal
  • A desire to learn more about Antarctica and its important history of exploration

You do not need to have any previous knowledge of Antarctica or outdoor experience; however you must be prepared to share your experience upon your return.

Apply now for the 2021 Worsley Weekend in partnership with William Pike Challenge.

Antarctic Heritage Trust are running its second annual Worsley Weekend to connect local Canterbury students with the spirit of Antarctic exploration and to celebrate an incredible Antarctic explorer Frank Worsley. (Frank Worsley was part of Sir Ernest Shackleton’s Endurance expedition, which was one of the most amazing stories of Antarctic exploration and survival.)

The weekend will include lots of fun events designed to get you out of your comfort zone (like a high ropes course and a rafting experience on the Akaroa Harbour) as well as an overnight stay on Banks Peninsula.

The weekend will encourage and inspire 21st century explorers to step outside their comfort zone and face challenges head-on by connecting them to the extraordinary life of Frank Worsley and his most notable feat of navigating the Endurance expedition to safety after the ship was crushed by ice floes on its way to Antarctica.

Who is Frank Worsley? Find out more

Covid-19 Statement

Please note that the Young Inspiring Explorers™ Worsley Weekend 2021 will only go ahead if Canterbury is at Level 1 (or no level at all) on the event date (20 November 2021).

When and Where is the Worsley Weekend?

The Worsley Weekend runs Saturday 20 – Sunday 21 November 2021. 20 students will have the opportunity to spend the weekend in Wainui and Akaroa, Worsley’s hometown, with Antarctic Heritage Trust and Kiwi legend William Pike (one of the Trust’s Inspiring ExplorersTM)

Eligibility Criteria

You will need to:
  • Be in Years 7, 8 or 9 this school year (2021) at a Canterbury based school.
  • Be in good physical health with a reasonable standard of fitness.

Both the William Pike Challenge and Antarctic Heritage Trust are inclusive organisations so we’re taking applications from students of all abilities. We don’t see disabilities as a barrier to participation. If you have any questions, let’s chat about how we can make this work!

Before you Apply

You will need:
  • Parent or caregiver permission.
  • Parents’ or caregivers’ email address and cell phone number.
  • A referee who is not related to agree to answer a few simple questions about you. This is done via email.

Take your time with this application, you’re able to save your work and return at a later time.

Frank Worsley and his crew launching the James Caird from Elephant Island. Imperial Trans-Antarctic expedition (Endurance), 1914-17. Frank Hurley photograph Canterbury Museum 1917.

Obligations of Successful Applicants

You will:
  • Be committed to participate fully and have a go at all activities and experiences.
  • Participate in and complete any pre-programme work. Activities will include learning more about Antarctic Heritage Trust and Antarctic exploration.
  • Following the Weekend, share your experience as part of an organised event in December 2021 where you will give a short presentation about your experience to the Trust’s partners and supporters.
  • Complete a post-prorgamme survey to tell us about your experience.
  • Support Antarctic Heritage Trust and the William Pike Challenge by promoting both organisations in a positive light to friends, family and your wider community.
  • Document your journey through journaling to share what you learn with your friends, family and community when you return home.
  • Participate in media and profiling activities arranged by Antarctic Heritage Trust.
  • Consent to Antarctic Heritage Trust using relevant and associated text and images for promotions (including web and social media channels).
  • Act in a responsible manner as a representative of Antarctic Heritage Trust while participating in the Worsley Weekend.
  • Respect and listen to the various adults running the programme.
  • Respect your peers. Be open to different backgrounds, perspectives and life experiences that each person contributes to our group.
  • Be curious about the world we live in and be willing to learn about Antarctica.
  • Be willing to step outside your comfort zone and explore.
  • Demonstrate a willingness to take on some or all of the following: accept unfamiliar tasks with enthusiasm, have a go at being a leader, contribute to a team, give back to your community, make a difference, share your experience and encourage the spirit of exploration in others.

The Worsley Weekend includes a high ropes course.

How much does Worsley Weekend Cost?

The majority of the costs will be covered by Antarctic Heritage Trust.

Antarctic Heritage Trust will meet the costs for:
  • Transport to and from Banks Peninsula
  • All food for the weekend
  • Accommodation for the Saturday night
Successful students will need to:

Pay a $50.00 contribution fee for the weekend. If the cost of this experience is out of reach for you and your family – please talk to us. We do not want cost to be a barrier to applying.

Supply all appropriate personal outdoor equipment and clothing for the trip. This includes wet-weather gear, warm layers, wool base-layers, and sturdy shoes for outdoor activities. If you don’t have some of this equipment, talk to us. A gear list will be supplied for successful applicants.

Frequently Asked Questions

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
E: j.hugheshutton@nzaht.org

Young Inspiring ExplorersTM Worsley Weekend FAQ for Parents and Caregivers

What are the dates of 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 Worsley 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 Worsley Weekend in early 2022.

Can children in my care apply if they are 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. Applicants need to be enrolled in a selected Canterbury school to apply for this Worsley Weekend.

Can children in my care apply if they are not in Year 7-9?

Applicants must be in Year 7-9 in this 2021 school year to be eligible to apply.

Can my child also apply for the Young Inspiring ExplorersTM Summit over the weekend of Saturday 6 and Sunday 7 November 2021?

If your child is enrolled in a school participating in the William Pike Challenge and are in Year 7-9, they 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.

Can you accommodate dietary restrictions?

Yes. We will be in contact with selected applicants to discuss any special dietary considerations.

What if I want to make contact during the Worsley Weekend?

We are going have a ‘tech-free’ 36 hours and phones will be put away. You will, however, be able to call the programme coordinator at any time throughout the Worsley Weekend. The programme coordinator will be able to pass on any messages or enable you to talk to your child.

What if I cannot afford the application contribution?

We have some limited funding available if this contribution prohibits your application. You can contact us to discuss options further.

Do I need to help my child with the pre or post programme work?

Ideally no. We encourage you to support your child as they work through the pre and post programme work. The work should take about an hour per week leading up to the Worsley Weekend. It is pitched at Years 7-9 and we hope is of interest to parents, guardians, and siblings and all members of your family.

Why do you need a parent or caregiver’s email?

We want to make sure you are kept well informed. You will be sent a copy of your child’s application. We will send you information about the Worsley Weekend and keep in touch if plans change.

Can I be the referee for children in my care?

We would like the referee to be a non-relative who knows your child well enough to be able to answer a few simple questions about how they would benefit from participating in the Worsley Weekend.

What health and safety measures have you got in place for the Worsley Weekend?

A comprehensive Health and Safety Plan has been developed for the Worsley Weekend. For parents of selected students the Trust’s Health and Safety plan is available if you wish to see it. During all the activities children will be supervised by appropriately qualified staff. All staff have been police checked. Children will not be left alone with individual staff or supporters at any time.

Who is responsible for any child who has to be sent home early?

If a child’s behaviour is disruptive to the point of spoiling the Worsley Weekend for others or becoming a health and safety risk, we may, after attempting to manage the situation send the child home early. If this occurs we will contact you immediately to arrange a pick-up.

Am I responsible for getting children in my care to the Antarctic Heritage Trust office to start the Worsley Weekend on Saturday 20 November?

Yes, getting your child to the Antarctic Heritage Trust office on 38 Orchard Road will be your responsibility and at your own cost. This will be the starting point for the Worsley Challenge. From here, we will be travelling by bus to Akaroa. If your child is already based on Banks Peninsula and it is more convenient to meet the group in Akaroa, we can discuss this option with you.

How can I learn about future events with Antarctic Heritage Trust?

Using the email address provided, we will be able to send you updates on future programmes from Antarctic Heritage Trust. If you’d like to be taken off that list, you can unsubscribe.

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
E: j.hugheshutton@nzaht.org

Apply Now

Thinking about applying? Great!

We are looking for students from a wide range of backgrounds to attend the Young Inspiring ExplorersTM Worsley Weekend.

Make sure you have your parent/caregiver consent before registering and applying. You can save your application as you go along so do take your time!

Applications close Wednesday 29 September 2021.

Please contact us if you have any questions or require assistance with your application.

Jessica Hughes Hutton
P: 021 268 4144
E: j.hugheshutton@nzaht.org
Antarctic Heritage Trust
Private Bag 4745
Christchurch 8140
New Zealand

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