The Students on Ice Foundation educates the world’s youth about the importance of the Polar Regions, supports them in their continued personal and professional growth and inspires and catalyses initiatives, that contribute to global sustainability.
Students on Ice is driven by a passion for the Polar Regions. We believe in the power of connecting youth to nature and fostering within them an appreciation for the planet, themselves and each other. Education is the foundation of the SOI approach and we are dedicated to inspiring and supporting youth and providing them the necessary tools to instill positive change in their communities and around the world.
In our core expedition program, SOI takes youth from around the world on life changing journeys to the Polar Regions. We introduce them to a broad spectrum of dialogue related to these regions ranging from arts and culture, history and politics, science and sustainable development, glaciology and climate change, economy, governance and geopolitics and many other polar topics. We engage them in processes of discovery, fact-finding, analysis, synthesis, reflection and idea development. We connect youth to peers, elders, scientists, experts, artists, musicians, photographers, journalists, business and opinion leaders and many others. Throughout their learning experience we support each participant in developing a strong sense of self and a personal paradigm of ability and opportunity.
Post-expedition we support our alumni in their lifelong journey of growth and global citizenship. We keep them connected with each other, with our large and integrated network of educators, mentors, experts and partners, with opportunities for further education, training and career advancement and with new and ongoing initiatives, programs and projects that contribute to the sustainability of the Polar Regions.