Alumni stay in touch with their new family and friends from expedition in their own ways. We have expedition participants from a decade ago who still meet up, while others develop mentorships that last years. SOIF provides support to network with alumni in your local community.
Alumni Chapters connect alumni in the same hometown or area of residence. These are fun, community-oriented groups that organize events, outings and discussions. The chapters are led by a regional co-ordinator who acts as the liaison between the chapter and the foundation.
Do you want to start a SOIF Alumni Chapter in your area, or wondering if there already is one? Ask us!
Online, our alumni base is connected via a private Facebook group where photos, travel recommendations, news, and opportunities are spread by group members. This active forum is home to alumni and staff from around the world. For more professional communication, the SOIF Alumni LinkedIn group allows alumni to read about others professional education, career experience and to endorse one another for skills.
In it’s final stages of development, the MySOI portal is a connectivity hub for all SOIF alumni. Populated with contact information from our databases, this platform hosts individual alumni profiles that allows alumni to reach out to educators and students from past years for mentorship and other opportunities. The portal will also feature an interactive map showing the locations around the world of our alumni.
SOIF is a hub of activity for alumni wanting to apply their skills or help contribute to the larger SOIF community. We provide the following spaces for alumni to develop their skills with mentorship support while contributing to meaningful projects.
Our Website houses an abundance of resources for alumni to make use of. Under Success Stories, one can read the featured Alumni Stories and Project Successes. The Stories highlight the personal and professional journeys of former SOIF participants, how they’ve made a difference in their communities, and how they were impacted by the expedition experience. alumni-led project successes serve as examples of what alumni can accomplish with the support of the SOIF.
Furthermore, under News & Media, alumni can stay up-to-date with current SOIF expeditions, as well as alumni-related news and announcements. The website is also where any opportunities to work with SOIF would be posted, so check back often.
The Alumni Council will be a board of trained, engaged alumni who meet with SOIF on a regular basis to provide feedback on the direction of future initiatives for the Alumni Program. These council members will discuss issues around alumni, while acting as advocates for the alumni body as a whole, and mentoring other Alumni who are developing projects.
Polar Ambassadors act as spokespeople for SOIF and the polar regions. They share their experiences and takeaways from expedition with schools, community groups, and at local and international events. The Polar Ambassador program supports alumni in developing their presentation and representation skills, and then connecting them with opportunities to apply those new abilities.
Our Polar Ambassadors have gone to every Conference of the Parties (COP) event for over a decade, presented a statement at the Rio+20 Conference, and participated in the IUCN World Conservation Congress among many other international and national conferences and events. SOIF alumni have presented at thousands of schools and community centres, reaching tens of thousands of students with their stories of the Arctic and Antarctic.
New Media Program
The New Media program supports the creative capacity of the alumni body by showcasing and facilitating the creation of unique multimedia centered around the polar regions. With a variety of offerings including podcasts, live streaming, filmmaking, online lectures, and digital mapping, the program has a creative outlet for all types of minds. New Media can be done in local chapter groups, between friends or in tandem with the SOIF. Contact us if you want to get involved in the next New Media project or to share your ideas. Check out our latest podcast here!