Media & Fundraising
Engage your community!
If you are fundraising to participate in the expedition, we provide you with a Fundraising Toolkit. Be sure to read this document carefully for advice on fundraising, rules for donations, a financial outline, and more.
A Sample Gear Donation Letter is included in the Fundraising Toolkit if you are interested in petitioning businesses to donate winter clothing or other gear and equipment to help your participation in the expedition.
Our Arctic Media Toolkit (coming soon!) will help you get ready to talk to local news and other media outlets who would be interested in hearing about your upcoming journey. Talking to the media can help with your fundraising or gear donation efforts. This is also how we get the word out about Students on Ice expeditions, and it can be an exciting way to share your story with your community.
Expedition Website, Blogging & Journaling
The SOI website and social media channels will be updated daily during the expedition. Family and friends can follow the journey and view daily updates, photographs, and blog entries written by students and staff on the SOI website. The expedition website will be your only means of communication with home during your time in the Arctic. You will NOT have access to the internet nor phone service; not your email account, Snapchat, Facebook, Twitter, nor YouTube while you are on the ship.
A small ‘computer lab’ will be set up on board the ship and all participants will have the opportunity every day to blog. Your blog entries are then sent back to the SOI main office via satellite and posted on the expedition website for friends and family to read. We highly encourage all participants to blog as it is a great reflective activity that allows friends and family to follow your experience, and it is amazing to look back on post-expedition!
Students on Ice will provide you with a small field journal and you are encouraged to record your thoughts, feelings, ideas and questions throughout the expedition. We encourage you to start a journal before the expedition as you prepare and research. Begin by considering why you became involved in Students on Ice. What do you hope to learn on the expedition? What do you think will be challenging?
The SOI office uses various media as tools to get the word out about all our expeditions. On board our ship, we have a state of the art satellite system which we use to transmit daily updates, the blogs written by students and staff, photos and videos to our office. All of this will be posted on the SOI website and social media during our expedition. We also upload information to our partner sites and send it out to various media outlets around the world. We would like you to be a part of this exciting process and help us spread the word about the expedition to your community! The media are always interested in hearing about our expeditions and people in your community will want to know about your upcoming adventure! A Media Toolkit will be sent to you to assist in your outreach efforts.