Trip to Antarctica doesn’t get much bigger

Trip to Antarctica doesn’t get much bigger than this

It seems clich to call it the trip of a lifetime. That said, clichs sometimes do the best job of description and for Justine Wild, a 14 year old Kamloops student, the saying holds true. Wild will join about 75 other teens from around the world Dec. 27 for a two week “educational adventure” on the ice fields and rocky shorelines of Antarctica. The group will spend the time on a research vessel, staffed with a team of about 30 scientists, historians, artists, explorers and educators. It will be the biggest trip she’s ever taken it’s hard to conceive of a bigger trip, actually and as the clich suggests, the trip that could well prove to be the biggest she will ever take. “I’m really looking forward to meeting all these world renowned scientists, and just to see what it’s like there,” Wild said. “There is nothing else like it.” Geoff Green, the founder of the Students on Ice program and the expedition leader, said this will be the 12th year he has led student expeditions to the globe’s poles. He alternates between the Arctic and Antarctic, noting both have their own unique character. The Arctic is more subtle, with a richer ecology while Antarctica is otherworldly in its isolation, ruggedness, climate and raw beauty. Both kinds of expeditions, however, give students experiences designed to awaken their senses and make them more aware of global environmental issues. His web site states the goal of the program hopes to develop “knowledge, skills, perspectives and practices that will help (students) to be Antarctic ambassadors and environmentally responsible citizens.” He specifically chose the cheap jerseys global poles as destinations over any number of wild locales from around the world because they take teens so far out of the realms they know into natural worlds unlike any other on the planet. The experience of being out of touch and away from home while learning firsthand from some of the world’s best scientists is “life altering,” he said. “Fundamentally, these trip connects kids to nature in a (profound) way. This is an experience that touches them in the heart, almost in the bones,” he said. “(The poles) are incredible platforms for education, they are amazing living classrooms. The polar regions are areas very few youth get to see first hand. And they are very much global cornerstones of the environment,” Green said. The trip is not cheap, with each student required to pay $13,500 to take part. Royanna Wild, Justine’s mother, said her daughter has been feverishly raising money as best she can for the past several months but in the end a big part of the cost will be born the parents. She sees it as an investment in her daughter’s future, however, and hopes the experience will help positively shape her daughter’s future. Wild said she will watch her daughter’s travels online, as the expedition will post daily updates to a blog. “It’s such an amazing opportunity for her, and that’s all I can think about at this point,” she said. Learn more about the expedition, or follow along starting Dec.


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