ANTARCTICA – Home-sharing platform Airbnb is recruiting eco-conscious travellers to be part of an environmental travel programme to Antarctica created to assess the impact of microplastics on the continent.
From November to December, five travellers with no scientific qualifications will be sent to Antarctic as part of Antarctic Sabbatical, a programme created by Airbnb and the Ocean Conservancy, which works to preserve marine ecosystems.
These citizen scientists will be accompanied by Kirstie Jones-Williams, an Antarctica specialist who is working on a doctorate in biological sciences at the United Kingdom's University of Exeter.
The travellers will also undergo training in glaciology and sample collection in Punta Arenas, Chile. Once on-site in Antarctica, the team will be collecting snow samples.
The mission’s object is to detect microfibres, which provide evidence for the presence of plastic, and thus evaluate the distance travelled by waste pollution.
On the trip, travellers will also be able to explore the Drake Icefall and the snowy Charles Peak Windscoop corridor.
Applications are found at Airbnb.com/sabbatical, and applicants must be English-speaking and available during November and December. The chosen candidates will be announced on October 30.
Participation in the project is open to voyagers from South Africa, Germany, Argentina, Austria, Australia, Belgium, Brazil, Canada, Chile, China, Denmark, South Korea, Dubai, Spain, the United States, France, Ireland, India, Italy, Hong Kong, Japan, Malaysia, Mexico, Norway, New Zealand, the Netherlands, Portugal, the United Kingdom, Russia, Singapore, Sweden, Switzerland, Taiwan, and Thailand.