Antarctic Heritage Trust is partnering with the William Pike Challenge to bring the spirit of Antarctic exploration to a group of year 7 to 9s from around New Zealand.
Over the weekend of 21-22 September 2019, approximately 20 students will travel to Christchurch, New Zealand’s gateway city to Antarctica, to spend the weekend with Kiwi legend William Pike at the Young Inspiring Explorers’ Summit. Successful applicants will engage in a weekend of exploration and learning; meeting husky dogs and penguins, camping out overnight; being challenged to step outside their comfort zone; and finding inspiration in the legacies of historic Antarctic explorers.
The weekend will encourage and empower these young, modern-day explorers to meet the challenges of life head-on by connecting them to the inspiring feats of early Antarctic exploration.
No previous knowledge of Antarctica or outdoor experience is required, but participants will have a positive attitude, a natural curiosity, and a desire to work alongside fellow explorers to learn about the remarkable world we live in. A willingness to share the experience with their community is important, as students will document their journey and tell their stories through a variety of channels when they return home.
Students will receive a certificate of achievement at their successful completion of the programme. They will also become members of the Antarctic Heritage Trust Alumni Programme, which includes Inspiring Explorers like William Pike and Brando Yelavich. As part of the Alumni Programme students will receive all the latest updates and info about alumni events and future expeditions.
The Young Inspiring Explorers’ Summit is supported by ChristchurchNZ, The Antarctic Office and the International Antarctic Centre.