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If you don’t mind the cold weather and you’re a bit of an eco-warrier, this might just be the trip of a lifetime. An opportunity to win a one month trip to the Antarctic, researching plastic pollution as a “citizen scientist”.

The expedition

Airbnb and Ocean Conservancy have announced their Antarctic Sabbatical, where 5 volunteers will get the chance to work with scientist, Kirstie Jones-Williams.

Your mission? To investigate how microplastics have made their way to the most isolated continent on Earth.

Microplastics

The itinerary

The trip doesn’t just involve turning up in Antarctica with a little shovel and a magnifying glass. This is a first-of-its-kind scientific trip which involves a serious commitment to the cause. Here’s the plan:

  • Weeks 1 and 2 will be spent training with Kirstie and your team mates in Chile. You’ll need to be mentally and physically prepared for the harsh environment and challenging work. Exploring the Chilean wilderness and getting to grips with the task ahead is the goal during these weeks.
  • Week 3 will see you arriving in the Antarctic. You’ll head out on field trips to the South Pole and other Antarctic beauty spots. It’s during this week that the research is kicked off. You’ll be expected to collect snow samples which will be studied in the lab.
  • Week 4 is the time for putting your research findings together. You’ll return to Chile to analyse and document the results of your investigation. Working with the Ocean Conservancy as an ambassador, you’ll spread the word about plastic pollution.

So if you like the sound of this and want to get involved, head over to Airbnb’s website to apply. Good luck!

Even if this isn’t your thing, you can still do your bit for the planet. Check out our guide to being greener.

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