Antarctic Staff Form

Antarctic Staff Application

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2018 Antarctic Expedition
Welcome to the Students on Ice Antarctic Expedition staff application form.

For every expedition we carefully compose our expedition staff team in order to create the most powerful learning experience for our expedition participants and for the staff team alike. Completing this form will allow us to ensure that your expertise, experience and motivation constitutes a unique building block for the expedition's learning environment, which will in turn maximize your personal outcomes of participating.

This form takes at least 30 minutes to complete. You will also need some additional time to write your responses to the essay questions.

Please ensure you save the form (using the tool at the top right corner of this page) so you do not lose your work. We also recommend that you write and edit your short essay responses in a word document before copying and pasting the responses into the text boxes in the form below.

If you have any questions about the application form, please contact:

Good luck!
What is Students on Ice?
Please ensure that you have browsed our website for information on Students on Ice and for details on our our 2018 Antarctic Expedition. You can also find there more information about our Education Program.
Important considerations before you apply
Each staff member in a Students on Ice Expedition carries a significant responsibility for the overall quality of the learning environment and the success of the expedition. Before completing this application, please consider the following:
  1. A Students on Ice Expedition is an educational expedition and as such it has a different character than a vacation experience. As a staff member, you must be committed to participate fully in all aspects of the program and assist when needed.
  2. To be successful as a staff member and to be able to make the most of your participation, you need to be passionate about the goals of the SOI program, enjoy working with youth and have an interest in the Polar Regions. Specific expertise relevant to the Polar Regions or formal training as an educator is desirable, but not required to participate as a member of the expedition staff team.
  3. In selecting our expedition staff we look for individuals with the following qualities:
    • dynamic, enthusiastic, engaging, passionate about learning and comfortable interacting with a large and diverse group of youth; and
    • providing guidance and leadership to youth who are far from home in a foreign environment and support SOI core staff and the education program.
  4. The expedition fee for staff members is equivalent to the expedition fee for participants. Students on Ice is a not-for-profit organization and we keep the expedition fee for youth participants as low as possible. Experience shows that staff members gain as much as youth participants from their participation, if not more!  
  5. Each successful applicant must submit a clear Police Records Check, including clearance for service with the Vulnerable Sector, from their local police authority.
  6. Each applicant must possess a passport or be able to successfully complete the process of obtaining a passport at least one month before the start of the expedition.
Application Process

The Expedition Fee for the next Antarctic Expedition, which is scheduled to take place from December 2019 to January 2020, is to be determined and will be announced at a later date.

Expedition fees include: all accommodations, meals, and associated programming materials during the expedition period. Fees do not include the cost of your travel to and from the gateway cities, nor personal travel medical insurance, which is mandatory for participation.

Applicant Information

(Legal name, as on your passport)

(Eg. You prefer "Sam" instead of Samantha or Samuel)

(Legal name, as on your passport)

(Legal name, as on your passport)

(As written on your passport)

Enter in this format: DD-MMM-YYYY (e.g. 11-JAN-1991)

Health Statement 

The expedition program contains many activities that can be physically demanding, such as hiking. During days at sea, the possibility of rough sea conditions may lead to participants experiencing seasickness. Although we are visiting during the summer season, daily temperatures may be below freezing and staff will be expected to participate in all daily excursions. These excursions, such as Zodiac boat cruises and shore landings, generally range from two to three hours in length. 

I attest that I am in good health and capable of performing normal activities on this expedition. I further attest that I am capable of caring for myself during the expedition, and that I will not impede the progress of the expedition or the enjoyment of others aboard. I understand that this expedition will take me far from the nearest medical facility and that all expedition members must be self-sufficient. With that understanding, I certify that I have not been recently treated for, nor am I aware of any physical condition or disability that would create a hazard to myself or other members of the expedition. 

General Medical Information
We are travelling to a remote place and we and our doctors must be aware of any and all medical concerns and needs in order to be prepared for medical emergencies. Please outline any medical conditions, illnesses, and/or disabilities that require or have required the regular care of a doctor in the section below. It is VERY important that you provide as much information as possible.  This information will only be shared with our doctors and will otherwise be kept confidential.

Educational Expertise and Expedition Skills
Please list up to four of areas of expertise that you consider relevant within the framework of your participation in the SOI Expedition. Please indicate how long you have been involved in that area, and how you would be willing to use that expertise to contribute to the education program. This is used to determine what opportunities we have to include you in the education program.

Relevant Youth Experience
Have you been a chaperone or other staff member on other educational student trips or camps? If so, please list up to two of your most relevant experiences below:

More About You
The essay questions below are meant to provide you with an opportunity to share with us in further detail what your hopes, dreams and expectations are for your participation in the SOI Expedition. Please write your response to each essay question in the appropriate box below. We recommend that you write your answers in a word document, then copy and paste each answer into the corresponding box. There is a 250 word limit for each answer.

Your Financial Plan
As part of the staff application process, our Staff Review Committee takes care to assess a balance of your potential role during expedition, your expertise, educational contributions, and your financial expectations. We ask that staff applicants identify either their plans to fund their participation, or what their expectations would be for a financial arrangement.

Reference Letters
Please supply two professional letters of reference and upload them below.

*If desired, referees can send letters to Students on Ice directly for confidentiality purposes ( Your referees need to include your name and the expedition you are applying for in the subject line of their e-mail. If they have chosen to submit their letters directly to SOI, please attach a word document below with your referee's name, contact details, and an expected timeline of when we should receive the letter (upload one word document for each letter please). Please note that it is your responsibility to ensure that we receive the letter(s) to include with your application.

Thank you very much for your interest in the Students on Ice Antarctic Expedition! 
Please note that applications are currently being accepted as an expression of interest. We will follow up with all applicants as soon as details are confirmed to re-assess interest and availability.

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