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The Students on Ice Antarctic Youth Expedition 2011 website allows visitors to follow the expedition’s daily progress (December 27, 2011-January 10, 2012) and benefit from various educational elements of the expedition.

 

Daily Updates

 

Team Update – December 26, 2011
SOI headquarters in Gatineau, Quebec

Good morning and welcome to the first update of the Students on Ice Antarctic Youth Expedition 2011!

Today most students are at home reviewing their packing lists and preparing for the upcoming adventure. There are a few students who are already en route and we wish them safe travels as they make their way to one of the gateway cities (Toronto, Miami, or Buenos Aires) to join SOI Meet and Greet team members. These staff members are waiting for students to arrive at the various airport hubs today and tomorrow.

The staff at the SOI office are monitoring the weather and the flight status of the students itineraries. We are available to assist with any travel changes required to get students to destinations on time. Please feel free to contact the SOI office if you have any questions or require assistance:

  • Toll-free (Canada & US): 1-866-336-6423
  • Direct: 1-819-827-3300
  • Email: expedition@studentsonice.com

Over the next few days, we will be providing updates and status reports on the whereabouts of the expedition team on the ‘Daily Journey Updates’ pages. By Wednesday evening, the entire expedition team will be together in Ushuaia, Argentina to kick off the education program! Once the team is onboard the ship, we can expect daily updates from Expedition Leader Geoff Green, which include amazing photographs and educational videos. There are occasions (such as poor weather conditions or when the ship is anchored in fjords between mountain ranges) when the team will not be able to establish a strong satellite signal and updates will be delayed. In those cases, we will receive a phone call from the ship and we will update the website accordingly. We try our best throughout this “journey-of-a-lifetime” to give you a front-row seat to this adventure!

…And while you wait for further updates, please feel free to explore the rest of the expedition site, especially our Partners page. This extraordinary adventure could not have happened without their generous support!

In the expedition spirit,

The SOI team

Expedition Leader Update – December 27, 2011
8:00pm EST

The Miami group is in the air! They will enjoy a restful overnight flight and arrive in sunny Buenos Aires tomorrow morning. The Toronto group will soon join them in the air. Both groups will reunite in the morning and spend the day touring Buenos Aires before their group flight to Ushuaia.

We are signing off for the evening and leave you with a letter from the Expedition Leader, Geoff Green:

December 27, 2011

Hello from 35,000 feet somewhere above North America en route to Miami, Buenos Aires, Ushuaia and ultimately Antarctica!

Our Students on Ice Antarctic Youth Expedition 2011 has officially begun! Over the next 24 hours, 89 students and staff from 15 countries will converge in Ushuaia, Argentina, the southernmost city in the world and our pre-Antarctic staging ground, before making the final push to the bottom of the world. From Nunavik to New Zealand, and India to Indiana, we have an extraordinary group of excited students at the beginning of an experience that will very likely help to shape their future.

The past few months have been a whirlwind. Putting on an expedition like this requires a tremendous amount of collaboration, partnerships, logistics, great people, good karma, funding and much more. I want to thank everyone who has contributed to making this extraordinary journey possible. We are so grateful for your belief in the Students on Ice mission and your generous and critical support.

This is the 12th annual SOI Antarctic Youth Expedition. Since 2000, we have taken over 1,800 students from 50 countries to both Polar Regions. The impacts and outcomes of these expeditions have been truly inspiring, life-changing and long-lasting. I am confident that this expedition will be another great success, and this group of students will return in a few weeks educated, inspired and motivated with new perspectives, ideas, tools and ambition for their future and the future of this planet we share.

In fact, the reason for Students on Ice may have never been more relevant and important than now. Our communities and the planet need more young leaders that understand and deeply care about the health of our global ecosystem. – Young leaders that are connected to the natural world and understand the roles, responsibilities and opportunities that lay ahead of them.

Antarctica is an amazing place and going there is like going to another planet. It is a symbol of peace, understanding and conservation: three things we could definitely use more of.

The next two weeks for these students will be packed with discovery, adventure and challenge.  We look forward to sharing it all with you each day via this website. So enjoy the journey and may you too be inspired and challenged along the way.

In the expedition spirit,

Geoff Green
Founder and Expedition Leader,
Students on Ice

 

Expedition Update – December 28, 2011
4:45am EST

Good (and very early) morning!

A quick update to let you know that the Miami group has landed in beautiful Buenos Aires! They are collecting their luggage and await the arrival of the Toronto group, which is scheduled to arrive at 7:20am Buenos Aires time which is 5:20am EST. A reminder to our readers that Buenos Aires is two hours ahead of Eastern Standard Time. For question about the actual time of the participants, check out http://www.timeanddate.com/worldclock/.

Once the groups collect their luggage and meet with the Buenos Aires group, the team will enjoy a bus and walking tour of the city and some other educational activities. We hope to receive some photos throughout the day.

Stay tuned…

In the expedition spirit,

The SOI office team

Expedition Update – December 28, 2011
10:45am EST

After a whirlwind morning of landings and collecting luggage, the team enjoyed a lovely tour of the city to stretch their legs and view the sites. Expedition educators and guides even discussed the important relationship between Argentina and Antarctica with the students. The team has just wrapped up their first meeting over lunch at the Hotel Las Americas. The plan for this afternoon is to transfer to the airport and check-in for their flight to Ushuaia! The flight schedule for the group will be a 3:40pm (Buenos Aires time) departure on Aerolineas Argentinas flight 2856 which arrives in Ushuaia at 7:15pm this evening.

Expedition Update – December 28, 2011
2:15pm EST

And they’re off! The team is in the air and en route to Ushuaia! Before they left we received photographs from their tour of Buenos Aires which we have posted below.

Upon arrival this evening at 7:15pm Ushuaia time (which is also two hours ahead of EST), everyone will transfer to the Hotel Los Yamanas and check-in to their rooms. By 8:30pm the program includes a delicious feast and the first official expedition debrief with all expedition team members! It will be early to bed as they have a jam-packed day tomorrow of educational programming and walking tours to explore Tierra del Fuego!

We’d also like to take this opportunity to wish staff member Fredda Payne a happy birthday! It was an extra special day for Fredda to return to Buenos Aires where she lived for two years while completing school. HAPPY BIRTHDAY FREDDA!

Expedition Update – December 28, 2011
6:00pm EST

New update from Expedition Leader, Geoff Green. The team has just landed in Ushuaia. They had a spectacular descent over the Andes and down the Beagle Channel! They are off to the hotel to get settled in and launch the education program. We hope to receive a few more photos and journals this evening.

 

Expedition Leader Update – December 29, 2011
9:00am EST

Good Morning!

Last night, we arrived in Ushuaia and met the remaining members of our expedition team! Today, our team of 89 woke up refreshed and rested at the beautiful Hotel Los Yamanas on the shore of the Beagle Channel in Ushuaia. We are in Tierra del Fuego (the land of fire), a land that truly feels like we are at the end of the Earth.

Three indigenous cultures once resided across this region – the Selk-nam, the Yaghan and the Yamanas. The Yaghan and Yamanas peoples used canoes to travel and transport materials, while the Selk-nam were land people. The Yaghan and Yamanas found it difficult to start fires for cooking and warmth in this moist and temperate climate. As a result, they kept fires going all the time and even moved them from place to place in their canoes. When the first non-indigenous people came to this land, they remarked at the appearance of fire everywhere and hence it is named, Tierra del Fuego, the Land of Fire.

Ushuaia, the southernmost city in the world, is nestled between the Beagle Channel and the southern end of the Andes mountains. It is a frontier town with growing industry. Once a village of just 6,000 inhabitants, Ushuaia has now grown to a population of 80,000, supporting tourism, manufacturing, fishing and shipping industries.

Our hotel looks out across the Beagle Channel to Chile with panoramic views of the mountains that can be seen from pretty much everywhere in Ushuaia.

Today the group is continuing to get to know one another and this place that we will call home for the next two days. We will also be continuing with the education program.

Our schedule for December 29 can be found below.  It is important to point out here that our program from day to day is quite fluid and organic, especially when we are in Antarctica. Changes often occur, especially due to weather, sea and ice conditions, and opportunities to see wildlife. We adopt the motto, ‘Flexibility is the key’, and just go with the flow!

0730 Wake up

0800 Breakfast

0900 Icebreaker activities outside

0930 Briefing and Group Introductions

1030 Student-staff speed dating

This activity will have student groups of 8 cycling through groupings of staff members to help us to get to know each other better. Our staff experiences and skills range from photography, music, marine biology, glaciology, climate change, carbon offsetting, environmental policy, ornithology, videography, art, architecture, conservation, education and much more!

1230 Lunch

1330 Gear distribution in Conference Room

1345 Overview of expedition itinerary and themes, education program

1415 Introduction to Antarctica (David Fletcher)

1545 How get someone to fold the laundry or change the world (Elin Kelsey)

1615 Introduction to pods and pod team meeting #1

Pods are small groups formed to allow students to get to know each other better, to discuss and debrief experiences, to share, reflect and make plans together. Pods will meet throughout the expedition with staff facilitators.

1715 Transfer to town

1730 Guided walks in downtown Ushuaia

1815 Exploration time in town

1915 Bus transfer back to hotel

1930 Asado (barbeque) at the hotel. The asado is a traditional Argentine style of cooking delicious meals!

2100 Evening program, recap and briefing

A few of our bags were delayed in Buenos Aires, so our journaling netbooks have not yet arrived. Followers can expect student journal entries as early as tomorrow, so stay tuned!

Signing off from windy Ushuaia.

In the expedition spirit,

Geoff Green
Expedition Leader

Expedition Update – December 29, 2011
4:00pm EST

New update from Expedition Leader, Geoff Green: “The team has had a great day so far filled with introductions of staff and students, a presentation by David Fletcher on Antarctica, team-building activities, and much more! After lunch everyone got their new Canada Goose jacket and hat, so they are now looking good and ready for our journey ahead! All the luggage (including computers) finally caught up to them so the students will be able to start blogging for the expedition website soon. Stay tuned! Good karma is abundant. Later this afternoon they will head into town to look around before returning for a genuine Asado BBQ dinner tonight!”

Expedition Update – December 30, 2011
9:00am EST

Hello! Expedition Leader, Geoff Green, and the team send greetings from rainy Ushuaia. They enjoyed a wonderful evening last night which concluded around 11pm with a few songs by Tony (Dekker). A good night’s sleep and this morning everyone has just departed for a day hike to Laguna Esmeralda!

Today, we also wish Mike Petagumskum, from Kuujjuaq, a very happy 17th birthday!

The schedule for December 30 is as follows:

0715: Wake up

0730 – 0830: Breakfast

0845: Group photo at Hotel Los Yamanas

0900: Depart for Laguna Esmeralda, a lake situated just outside of Ushuaia in the mountains.  Students will enjoy a hike up to the turquoise coloured and very chilly mountain lake and on their way will be able to connect with and learn more about the flora and fauna that is native to this land.  At the lake, students will have a picnic lunch and might even take a plunge into the stunning, yet frigid water!

1530: Return to Ushuaia & last chance to visit and explore the town

1630: Transfer to the M/V Ushuaia and board the expedition vessel and our floating home!

1800: Set sail down the Beagle Channel!

1900: Dinner

2000: Safety briefing

2400: Begin our Drake Passage crossing! We are on our way to Antarctica at last.

Expedition Update – December 30, 2011
9:00pm EST

The students had a great day today. They enjoyed a beautiful hike to Laguna Esmeralda and boarded the expedition ship, M/V Ushuaia, at 4:30pm. They set sail soon after with everyone out on deck and a rainbow on the horizon! The good karma and excitement is overflowing. They are sailing east down the Beagle Channel tonight and should reach the Drake Passage early tomorrow morning, and then they are southbound for the last day of the year!! The expedition and adventure is officially underway!!

The education program was packed with presentations, workshops, pod meetings, discussions and a visit to Ushuaia.  They enjoyed a delicious asado (barbeque) dinner put on by hotel staff, followed by a photo slideshow by Mike Beedell and a musical wind-down by Tony Dekker of the Great Lake Swimmers.  There is no doubt that visions of Antarctic ice bergs and wildlife will dance in their heads as they drift off to sleep tonight!

Expedition Update – December 31, 2011
9:30am EST

Good Morning Readers!

The first update of the day was sent this morning by Geoff Green. He reports that they had a great final day in Ushuaia yesterday. The group challenged itself by hiking to and from Laguna Esmeralda. What a hike into the Andes through old growth beech (lenga) forests and bogs to the lake! At 6pm they cast off the lines and set sail down the Beagle Channel. Everyone was out on deck to cheer, sing and celebrate this next stage of the journey to Antarctica. The good karma was in full effect, as the sky was painted with double rainbows and friendly seabirds following the ship down the Beagle Channel! Following a ship safety briefing, dinner, stories and an evening recap, it was time to say good night. A tired bunch of explorers crawled into their bunks around 11pm.

Early this morning the ship reached the Drake Passage and started to roll with 35 knot winds and a good swell from the west. As a result, not many people had a sound night’s sleep. All part of the experience! Conditions are better now and it looks like they should improve throughout the day. The air temperature is 4.5 celsius (40 F). For the last day of 2011, the team will fill their day at sea day with lectures, workshops, and time on deck watching albatross and the mighty southern ocean!

Below is an outline of todays schedule. We invite you to view the expedition field staff biographies to learn more about our team of experts!

0700 – Yoga (Clare Glassco and Danièle Testelin)

0730 – Wakeup call

0800 – Breakfast

0900 – Sea Birds Presentation (Santiago Imberti)

1000 – Workshops:

1. Journal Keeping Circle: Creating a mixed media journal (Elin Kelsey)
2. How to create a powerful photo story (Mike Beedell)
3. Musicology (Tony Dekker)
4. Visual Art (Pablo Gamenara)
5. Wildlife Surveys (Santiago Imberti, Garry Donaldson & Sonja Heinrich)
6. The Global Positioning System (Jeff Kavanaugh and Grant Redvers)
7. On the bridge – Ship Navigation (David Fletcher)

1145 – Presentation 1 ~ Who are they? How do they fit in? Questions and
answers about the ecology of Antarctica (Olle Carlsson)

1230 – Lunch

1430 – Presentation: The Global and Southern Ocean: Oceanography at the
bottom of the World (Grant Redvers)

1600 – Snack

1630 – Pod Meeting 2

1800 – Presentation 2 ~ Antarctic Marine Animals (Sonja Heinrich)

1930 – Dinner

2030 – Evening Recap and Briefing, New Year’s Eve Festivities and Celebration

Expedition Update – December 31, 2011
3:30pm EST

A quick update to inform you that we have posted new journal entries that were written yesterday! Please visit the December 30th Daily Journey Update page to read. Enjoy!

Expedition Update – December 31, 2011
9:30pm EST

Expedition leader, Geoff Green, reported today that it was a rock and roll day on the Drake, but everyone is doing well. Quite a few students were seasick but are toughing it out and making it to the workshops, getting out on deck, etc. Sea conditions are improving and the sun is shining! They have had lots of Wandering Albatrosses, Cape Petrels, and other seabirds following the ship throughout the day. Only a few more hours to 2012!

Expedition Leader Update – January 1, 2012
8:30am EST

Happy New Year! Best wishes from Students on Ice and theAntarctic Youth Expedition 2011 Expedition Team!

Happy New Year to everyone from the Drake Passage!! We had a great night
last night of 2011! The students really rallied and put on a great New Years
celebration of skits and songs, poems and stories. It was a lot of fun. Emily and Laurissa MCed the evening, and there were also songs and presentations by David Fletcher, Tony Dekker, and Tim Straka. The Captain joined us for a toast just before New Years, and Mike Beedell and Garry Donaldson dressed up as Old Man Time and the New Years Baby. Out with the old and in with the new.

We all agreed that 2012 is going to be a great year, and one of positive change for all of us and the Planet. Certainly we could not ask for a better way to start 2012, then with this expedition. Particularly, later this afternoon we expect to arrive to Elephant Island! This morning David Fletcher will tell the story of Ernest Shackleton´s Trans-Antarctic Expedition on the ship Endurance, and then we will literally see with our own two eyes where part of this incredible true story unfolded. Sea conditions are better today, and everyone is looking and feeling much better. In about one hour we will pass 60 degrees south, officially entering the Antarctic!

In the expedition spirit,

Geoff Green
Expedition Leader

Expedition Update – January 1, 2012
10:30am EST

Earlier this morning we posted an update from Geoff Green and we just heard from the ship about the plan for the Education Program. Here is a New Year’s note from the ship and today’s schedule below:

Happy New Year!!! Yesterday we continued our southward journey braving what the Drake Passage offered us and engaging in presentations by Santiago (Sea Birds), Olle (Who are they? How do they fit in? – Questions & Answers about the ecology of Antarctica), Grant (The Global and Southern Ocean – Oceanography at the bottom of the World), and Sonja (Antarctic Marine Mammals).

We also kicked off our ship-based workshop program with a series of workshops that will repeat themselves again today and met in our Pods for the second time. At 5:15pm we crossed the Antarctic Convergence! The sun was shining all day and many of us spotted Wandering, Royal and Black-browed Albatross, Skuas, and Giant, Wilson’s Storm and Pintado Petrels. During our evening program we enjoyed ringing in 2012 with a celebration that included Captain Jorge, Father Time and the New Year’s Baby!

Our day looks like this:

0730 – Yoga (Clare & Danièle)

0800 – Wake-Up!

0830 – Breakfast

0930 – Presentation: Shackleton (David)

1030 – Workshops:

1. TED talk creation & tips for presentations back home (Elin & Selin)
2. How to create a powerful photo story (Mike)
3. Musicology (Tony)
4. Visual Art (Pablo)
5. Wildlife Surveys (Garry, Santiago & Sonja)
6. The Global Positioning System (Jeff & Grant)
7. On the bridge: Ship Navigation (David)

1200 – Presentation: The Art of Seeing (Mike)

1300 – Lunch

1430 – Presentations:

1. IAATO & Zodiac Safety Briefings (Geoff)
2. Dressing properly for the Antarctic (Paulie, Captain Preparo & Special Guests)

1600 – Snack

1630 – Getting outside to the observation decks!

1730 – Arrival to Point Wild and Elephant Island. Zodiac cruise and potential first landing of the expedition!

2000 – Dinner

2100 – Evening Recap & Briefing

Expedition Leader Update – January 1, 2012
4:00pm EST

We have just arrived at Elephant Island!!! Two humpback whales greeted our arrival. Lots of Chinstrap penguins swimming around the ship. We are proceeding slowing toward Point Wild where we hope to get out in the Zodiacs if conditions allow. Everyone is ready and excited!

Geoff

Expedition Update – January 1, 2012
10:00pm EST

The team just finished an invigorating Zodiac cruise at Point Wild, Elephant Island. There was a good swell, wind and snow, but it was a good taste of the elements, and they got everyone out to see the place where Sir Ernest Shackleton´s men lived for 4 months in 1915 during their expedition on the Endurance. These men were stranded at the desolate Point Wild while Shackleton and others sailed across the Drake Passage in essentially what was a converted life boat. Upon landing at South Georgia, Shackleton and his men hiked and mountaineered their way across mountains and icy cravasses to search for help in the permanent whaling camps on the other side of the island. He then eventually returned to Point Wild to rescue his men who had now been there for 4 months. If you would like to learn more about this story and the heroic courage and perseverance of Shackleton’s men, pick up a copy of ´Endurance´ by Alfred Lansing or ‘South’ by Ernest Shackleton.

During the Zodiac cruise, the group saw and smelled many Chinstrap penguins. They were also able to hear and watch the glacier nearby calving into the ocean, creating huge cracks and rumbles in the process. Now all are back on the ship and memories of any seasickness are sliding away with the excitement of a landing at such an important historic site.

Tonight the team will enjoy a later dinner and an evening recap and briefing to reflect and consider their day. Then it’s anchor up to head south to the Weddell Sea for tomorrow morning and into iceberg country.

Overnight, they will sail to Heroina Island, a part of the Danger Island chain, where they expect to see even more penguins and will have a chance to set foot on land!

Everyone is smiling. Stay tuned, family, friends and supporters at home…the expedition is just getting started!

Expedition Update – January 2, 2012
8:30am EST

We just received the following morning update from the expedition team:

“Yesterday evening we continued our southward journey past Elephant, Clarence and Cornwallis Islands towards the Danger Islands. Many of us spotted Skuas, Giant and Cape (Pintado) Petrels, and our first Humpback Whales and Chinstrap Penguins! Our (full!) evening program included beat poetry and music shared by students.

This morning we awoke in an iceberg gallery and are gradually getting closer to the Antarctic behemoths, the tabular icebergs. The temperature is about minues 3 Celsius, with a 15knot wind. The sky is overcast. Students are out on deck, taking it all in and are buzzing with excitement for our first landing at Heroina Island!

Few expeditions actually travel to Heroina Island, which makes this an even more special place to visit. Heroina is located at the eastern most part of the Antarctic Peninsula. This afternoon, we plan to continue to Paulet Island, where we will try
for another landing!

In between landings, students will participate in a presentation by Olle Carlsson, who will describe the Nordenskiold Expedition, another tale of courage and perseverance against all odds.”

Today’s Education Program schedule:

0700 – Wake-Up!/Yoga (Clare & Danièle)

0730 – Breakfast

0900 – Possible Morning Landing: Heroina Island

1230 – Lunch

1430 – Presentation: Nordenskiöld – The Swedish Antarctic Expedition 1901-1903 (Olle)

1600 – Possible Afternoon Landing: Paulet Island, in which we will offer the following workshops on shore:

1. Ice-coloured painting & chilly writing (Elin & Pablo)
2. Songwriting & storytelling (Tony)
3. Wildlife surveys (Garry, Santiago & Sonja)
4. Geology/Glaciology (Jeff)
5. Backcountry medical care / Medical scenarios (Terry)

1930 – Dinner

2030 – Evening Recap & Briefing

Expedition Team Update – January 2, 2012
11:00am EST

Hello Readers – A quick update to let you know that the ship media team are experiencing difficulties connecting to our satellite system. While we try to resolve this issue, they are only able to communicate with us via the ship-based communications system. As a result, there will be a delay receiving photographs and videos.

We apologize for the inconvenience – we know you are eager to see what the team is up to – and will do our best to get the satellite system back on track as soon as possible. Thank you for your patience and understanding!

Expedition Update – January 2, 2012
1:45pm EST

The team has just returned to the ship after another great Zodiac cruise around Danger Islands and a landing at Heroina Island, where students got up close and personal with a rookery of tens of thousands of Adelie penguins! Students witnessed the circle of life in full action as they had the rare opportunity to see a leopard seal dine on a young penguin.

For most students, this was the first time they had encountered icebergs and Zodiac drivers brought them up close and personal with the huge slabs of ice. No two icebergs look the same and the great towers and arches and cubes surrounding the group exhibited just how unique and beautiful each iceberg can be.

Next destination is Paulet Island, where they will land and participate in several workshops on shore!

SOI Headquarters team

 

Expedition Leader Update – January 3, 2012

Yesterday morning we sailed past enormous tabular icebergs through the Erebus and Terror Gulf en route to our first expedition landing at Heroina Island in the Danger Islands. The massive Adelie penguin colony will not be soon forgotten, along with our close encounters with feeding Leopard seals, skuas, petrels, Snowy Sheathbills and Kelp gulls. We also observed Weddell seals and Antarctic terns.

After lunch Olle Carlsson’s mesmerizing presentation about Nordenskiöld (and his Swedish Antarctic expedition 1901-1903) was interrupted by 35+ Antarctic killer whales swimming alongside the ship! In the late afternoon we continued our workshop program during a second landing ? this time at Paulet Island facilitated by Olle (history at the Swedish stone hut, Norwegian grave and site cairn), Elin Kelsey and Pablo Gamenara (ice-coloured painting & chilly writing in personal journals), Tony Dekker (songwriting & storytelling), Santiago Imberti and Sonja Heinrich (penguin behaviour & adaptations), Jeff Kavanaugh (geology & glaciology), Alex Taylor, Eggert Hilmarsson, Arnold Witzig, Garry Donaldson, Terry Brennan and Tim Straka (a large group hike up to the summit of the volcanic cone), and Grant Redvers (oceanography in a Zodiac with plankton tows and a remote operated vehicle).

Overnight we made our way from Paulet Island, further south into the Weddell Sea to prepare for a possible landing at Snow Hill Island this morning. We awoke to a beautiful seascape around us. Pack ice stretches out as far as the eye can see and our ship is making its way slowly but surely through the single and multi-year sea ice. The temperature is cool (36F, 3C), the wind a bit brisk and the soft lighting this morning illuminates the ice beautifully. Unfortunately, the ice was too thick to proceed to Snow Hill Island so we have turned and are continuing up Antarctic Sound, where we will attempt another landing this afternoon. In the meantime, students are out on deck taking in the beauty of the ice around us, journaling, playing music in the lounge and just about ready to begin workshops.

Here is the Education Program schedule for today:

0700 – Wake-up/Yoga (Clare and Daniele)

0730 – Breakfast

0900 – Potential Landing on Snow Hill Island

Workshops on shore:

  1. Nordensklold’s hut (Olle)
  2. Music and person journal keeping circle (Elin and Tony)
  3. Wldlife observation (Santiago and Sonja)
  4. Geology and glaciology (Jeff)
  5. Oceanography in a Zodiac; plankton tows and using an ROV
  6. Hike (staff)

1230 – Lunch

1430 – Presentation: Introduction to Antarctic Ice (Jeff)

1700 – Possible afternoon landing: Antarctic Sound

2000 – Dinner

2130 – Evening Recap & Briefing: The Antarctic Treaty Jeopardy Game (Garry &

            Howie)

Expedition Update – January 3, 2012
12:00pm EST

The team has been busy this morning and we just received the update below of yesterday’s activities. Keep in mind that the satellite system continues to be temperamental, which means the ship media team continues to use the ship’s communications system. It’s slow and makes it challenging to send large photo and video files.

Expedition Leader Update – January 3, 2012
3:00pm EST

Well, as per usual our plans changed a bit today…but as they usually do, they changed for the better! While we planned to land at Snow Hill Island this morning, we found the ice to be too thick and difficult to get the ship through. Instead, we turned 180 degrees and headed towards a giant ice floe we had seen earlier in the day! We arrived at the 2-mile long, 7-metre thick floe of multiyear ice, donned our Canada Goose jackets, sunscreen, rubber boots, toques and sunglasses and headed for a landing on this impressive piece of sea ice. All students and staff landed on the ice floe, where we had pod sessions discussing the importance of sea ice and climate change, a moment of silence, group photos and even a soccer game, in the footsteps of Shackleton and his men!

To share an ice floe with 88 other people in complete silence and deep reflection is special and extremely rare. I can safely say that most members of our team will never have that opportunity again.

We are now back on board, just finished lunch and are heading into Antarctic Sound to make an evening landing at Brown Bluff! This will be our first landing on the Antarctic continent proper (as opposed to the several surrounding islands)! Here we expect to see penguins and seals and will enjoy a leisurely walk on the beach, with marine
mammal, oceanography, geology and ornithology interpretation by our staff members.

So, that´s it for now! We are all heading out on deck to take in some sun and the extraordinary scenery around us.

In the expedition spirit,

Geoff
Expedition Leader

Expedition Update – January 4, 2012
09:00am EST

Good morning! Below is the first update of the day from our Expedition Leader, Geoff:

Wow! What a day yesterday! In the morning our Captain navigated through dense pack and glacier ice. There was ice everywhere – Icebergs, Tabulars, Icefloes, Bergy Bits! We were blessed with blue skies and sun and flat calm seas. It was glorious. In the morning we went south to Snow Hill Island and then turned north towards the Peninsula. On the way we saw a lone Emperor penguin, lots of seals and more Orca whales. By late morning we experienced an incredible landing on a giant ice floe in the Weddell Sea. It took some ingenuity including a rope ladder, but we got all students and staff onto the floe and it was magic.

We had our third pod group meetings and discussed the importance of sea ice as habitat and in relation to modern climate change. We played a game of soccer à la Shackleton, and had 10 minutes of total silence. This was probably the most significant moment. The students are really starting to connect the dots. And lying on that icefloe with 500 metres of ocean below them, then now understand what sea ice is, why it is important to life on earth, and why we need to slow down global warming, and take better care of our environment. We also took our group photo on the icefloe (looking and feeling good in our Canada Goose jackets) and gave a loud shout out to everyone around the world that we must Protect the Poles to Protect the Planet. Did you hear us?

Sublime vistas of more tabular icebergs in Fridjof Channel and Antarctic Sound under sunny blue skies bookended another landing, this time on the continent at Brown Bluff. There we wandered past red-brown tuff cliffs embedded with volcanic bombs, hiked up on top of a glacier and observed an Adélie and Gentoo penguin rookery. We also cruised amongst icebergs and at the foot of the glacier. Throughout the day we saw Minke whales, Antarctic Terns, cormorants, jellyfish, petrels, Weddell and Crabeater seals, skuas, kelp gulls, southern fulmars, plankton, Adélie and Gentoo penguins.

Today we have another beautiful day. We have a well earned morning rest with some presentations and workshops, and then this afternoon we plan to make a few landings on the west side of the Antarctic Peninsula. We are currently moving through a foggy Bransfield Strait and will soon reach the Gerlache Strait. The Gerlache Strait will lead us to Cuverville and Rongé Islands, a spot with incredible panoramic views of surrounding mountains, ice bergs, calving glaciers and wildlife. We usually see Humpback whales in this part of the peninsula, so we will be out on deck surveying the water surface for everything and anything!

When we land at Cuverville and Ronge Islands, we will have our first experience in a true Gentoo penguin rookery and will likely see seals and may even do another hike up to a beautiful lookout point.

The Education Program schedule for today looks like this:

0730 – Yoga (Clare & Danièle)

0800 – Wake-Up!

0830 – Breakfast

0930 – Presentation: Introduction to Antarctic Ice (Jeff)

1030 – Workshops:

1. Musical journal keeping circle (Elin & Tony)
2. Antarctic food chain (Garry, Santiago & Sonja)
3. Antarctic photo assignments (Mike)
4. Visual art (Pablo)
5. Backcountry medical care/medical scenarios (Terry & Brenda)
6. Living in the polar regions (David & Grant)

1230 – Lunch

1400 – Possible Afternoon Landing: Cuverville Island and/or Rongé Island

1800 – Possible Evening Landing: Danco Island

2000 – Asado BBQ Dinner

2130 – Evening Recap & Briefing

The energy, karma and passion on board is contagious. Antarctica is in everyone´s system. We are thankful to be here. And we thank all of you following us for your support and interest.

In the expedition spirit,
Geoff

Expedition Update – January 4, 2012
1:00pm EST

Exciting news! We heard from the ship and they confirmed that the satellite system is re-connected and back online! The media team is in the process of loading new photos and videos. Once we receive these at headquarters, we will post the photos to the appropriate Daily Update Pages and the videos to the Expedition Videos page. We expect to have everything added to the website by end of the day! Stay tuned…

SOI Headquarters team

Expedition Update – January 5, 2012
8:00am EST

Another big and successful day yesterday. Our morning was spent sailing south down the Gerlache Strait. Lectures and workshops took place inside and outside the ship, and it was a good chance to rest after three days of Antarctic adventure. We arrived to Ronge Island after lunch and went to shore. Spectacular light, Gentoo penguins, Weddell seals, workshops on climate, conservation, a hike onto the adjacent glaciar, and Zodiac cruises in the icebergs kept our eyes, ears, hearts and minds spinning. Back on the ship we taste feasted on Argentine Asado BBQ as we repositioned the ship to Danco Island. Our mission here, climb to the top of the ice domed island in the middle of the specatacular Errera Channel. We started at 7:15pm, and by 8:30pm everyone of the students was standing on top!! A 360 degree, staggering and stunning view of the surrounding mountains blanketed by ice was our reward under the light of the setting sun. We had 10 minutes of total silence (yes, its true, 60 teenagers totally silent!) and just stared into the distance of the landscape, and appreciated the moment.

Antarctica casts a spell on you. When here you don´t know what day it is. You are transfixed on the moment all of the time. There are no distractions except for nature. We are not bombarded by non-stop media, communication, advertising, noise, technology, consumerism and all the rest that we experience back home on a daily basis. This refreshes and frees the soul and mind and releases thoughts, feelings, ideas and passion. You can see this happening with the students. They are all so happy. They are enjoying being in a place of beauty where Mother Nature is in control. Of course they are still teenagers, they want to have fun, and they are at different stages of understanding themselves and this world we live in. But without any question, these 60 students now have a perspective, understanding, and a connection that will help them in many ways on their respective life paths.

Before descending (sliding!) back down the snow to the beach, we took a group photo and Selin read us a beautiful poem she had written. A hungry crowd boarded the ship, and our late night BBQ was well earned! Antarctica never stops, and just after dinner we encountered two Humpback whales feeding just beside the ship in a coordinated and graceful water ballet. Sublime and humbling to be with these whales.

As we do each evening, we gathered together for our recap and briefing to celebrate our day and share our experiences and highlights. It was midnight when we finally called it a day and crawled off to our beds…

This morning we awoke at the mouth of the Lemaire Channel on another beautiful sunny day. The channel has been blocked by ice for the entire season and the same was true for our visit. As a result, we could not pass through, but instead are heading towards the Wauwerman Islands, where we will make a landing to learn more about the pillow ice cap there. Students on Ice has been performing glaciological research on this ice cap for the last 4 years. We affectionately call this place the Koerner Pillow Ice Cap, after Fritz Koerner, an inspiring glaciologist and grandfather of Students on Ice. Students are busily writing post cards to mail from Port Lockroy , a historic UK base, this afternoon! Our whole team will be able to visit a US base, Palmer Station just after lunch.

Today’s Education Program:

0700 – Yoga (Clare & Danièle)

0700 – Wake-Up! Get up on deck as we attempt to sail down the Lemaire Channel.

0730 – Breakfast

Morning program: Landing possibilities will be determined based on ice and weather conditions.

1200 – Lunch

1300 – Approximate arrival to Palmer Station.

1330 – Palmer Station and Torgersen Island

1800 – Possible Evening Landing: Wauwermans Islands and Koerner Pillow Ice Cap

2030 – Dinner

2130 – Evening Recap & Briefing

Expedition Leader Update – January 5, 2012
7:30pm EST

I may be sounding like a broken record, but today has been another incredible day, with sunshine and blue sky! Ice prevented our passage down the Lemaire Channel this morning, so we proceeded directly to the Koerner Icecap, site of an ongoing Students on Ice research project. We hiked up to the top of the icecap and found the pole and mini weather station and data logger we left there last year. The students sat in a circle around the pole to learn about the research and also about the late, great Dr. Fritz Koerner. We had a tribute to Fritz which he would have loved, Tony played a beautiful song (the first song he ever wrote) and then we got to work replacing the equipment, digging snow pits for analysis, and more.

After lunch, we arrived to the US Research station Palmer, where we have just completed a great visit. The station personnel gave us a very interesting tour of their labs, facilities and answered lots of questions. It was a real opportunity to see what life on a research base is all about. They even brought out brownies for us! Thank you Palmer Station!

We are presently in the midst of about 15 Humpback whales as we make our way north. Hard to believe but tomorrow is our final day in Antarctica before we start our trip back across the Drake Passage.

In the expedition spirit,
Geoff

 

Expedition Update – January 6, 2012
10:00am EST

Yesterday, our landing were in the Wauwermans Islands on the Koerner Ice Cap, and later at Palmer Station and Torgersen Island. Some of our accomplishments on the pillow ice cap included replacing the SOI Hobo external data temperature logger, conducting a snow study, learning how to build a snow wall, and sharing a moment in a circle listening to Tony play his favourite song. A big thank-you to Selin for organizing the first ever TEDx_Antarctic Peninsula talks that were filmed by Pascale at Palmer Station. We also saw Elephant seals! Breaching Humpback whales! Krill! Antarctic midges! Our last stop was Port Lockroy and 337 Antarctic postcards were mailed, bound for destinations around the world! In the evening before recap and bed, we enjoyed a talk by Arnold Witzig about following our dreams and pursuing our goals as highlighted through his stories about climbing the seven summits and other adventures along his life path.

This morning we quickly climbed out of our beds to watch the ship navigate through a narrow opening in Deception Island! Deception Island is an active volcano and many many years ago an eruption caused part of one side to collapse, allowing for the formation of a culdera and an open passage into the calm waters inside. Deception Island was once a whaling station where a couple hundred men worked during the peak of the whaling days. Deception has also been home to research stations, including an air strip, but these were evacuated during the last eruption in the 60´s. Now this place is a very eerie one, and quite different from the rest of the peninsula. Black, red and orange volcanic rock can be seen more than snow. A long beach in Whaler’s Bay will allow us to walk and explore the abandoned oil drums, station buildings, whaling boats and airplane hanger. Students will also walk up to Neptune’s Bellows, a “window” through the wall of the island, where on a clear day, you can see the continent! Today we will enjoy a polar plunge and swim in Antarctic waters!

Though the expedition program is winding down with only a few more days together the energy and positivity is at it’s peak! Students are keen to make the most of our last moments in Antarctica.

The Education Program for today:

0700 – Yoga (Clare & Danièle)

0730 – Wake-Up! Get out on deck as we sail through Neptune’s Bellows!

0800 – Breakfast

0900 – Whalers Bay, Deception Island landing. We plan to explore the whaling station remains and the thermal beach.

1045 – Pod Meeting #4 (on the beach)

1130 – Antarctic Swim

1230 – Lunch

13:30 – 18:30 – Afternoon Program: Potential Zodiac cruise and workshops

1900 – Dinner

2030 – Evening Recap & Briefing

Expedition Leader Update – January 6, 2012
12:00pm EST

We just got back from our hike and swim at Whaler’s Bay inside Deception Island. It was a really nice morning, and a great place for a long hike, exploring the old whaling station, and then going for our Polar dip in freezing Antarctic ocean!

Thanks to the volcanic geothermal activity on the beach, we were able to dig a hot tub which helped to warm everyone up. Just in the middle of our swim a blizzard hit us which added a nice touch to the scene. Another of the highlights was some singing inside one of the old tanks from the whaling station. The sound was incredible for Tony (from the Great Lake Swimmers) who played a few tunes, and for some of our students that sang (Serena), and Pam and Becky who did some throat singing!!

David and Olle explained the incredible history of the whaling station and of the volcano to all of the students. This shows them a different face of Antarctica, and some of the human history here. Ironically, the whalers were after oil, just like we still are today. In retrospect, killing whales for their oil is certainly seen today as being unacceptable. Today the oil sands and off shore drilling has much more impact with enormous negative consequences for our planet, and yet we push on with very short-sighted and unsustainable strategies for energy.

Can we have a world without oil? Certainly not in the near future. But we can have a world that needs less oil and has more alternative, sustainable and clean energy sources. As the quote goes, the Stone Age didn’t end because we ran out of stones. It ended because we found a better way. These students understand that we need better, cleaner, healthier ways. And yet they see what their leaders are doing at conferences like Durban (Climate Change Summit) last month, or in their home countries, and they cannot understand the disconnect and lack of true leadership and vision for their future. Despite this, they are hopeful, optimistic, and yes, idealistic. Three cheers for that!

This afternoon we hope to make our final landing at Aitcho Island.

Lunchtime!

Geoff

Expedition Update – January 7, 2012
10:45am EST

Yesterday was our final day landing in Antarctica and today we will once again cross over 60°S, leaving the Antarctic Treaty Area. Yesterday, before breakfast the Captain navigated the ship through Neptune’s Bellows en route to Whalers Bay, Deception Island. There we explored the small harbour located in the southeast portion of the island, wandering the volcanic ash beach stretching from Penfold Point to Cathedral Crags and its collapse: Neptunes Window. We saw how the island’s most recent volcanic eruption in 1969 left its mark! We also learned from Olle and Dave that the buildings, structures and other artifacts on the shore of Whalers Bay date from 1906-1931 and represent the most significant whaling remains in the Antarctic. Other buildings, structures and artifacts of the British “Base B” represent an important aspect of the scientific history of the area (1944-1969). Tony, Becky, Pam and Serena sang and played music in one of the empty whale oil containers. Before boarding the ship for lunch we dug a geothermal pool, jumped in the Southern Ocean and scrambled to get in the hot tub! Some of us saw that beach temperatures where we swam reached 48ºC/118ºF.

In the afternoon a lively (albeit friendly) competition unfolded as Alex Trebek (aka Garry) hosted a game show of Antarctic Treaty Jeopardy. Later, Elin spoke to us and invited us to consider our emotions in relation to the environment, to find examples that give us cause for hope and consider how we might support meaningful change in our homes, communities and beyond. By late afternoon our eight pods met for the fourth time and considered several reflective questions. Before dinner the Captain anchored the ship beside Barrientos Island (in the Aitcho Islands). There, surrounded by steep cliffs, we said goodbye to Antarctica one last time under a blanket of fog, rain, sleet and snow similar to the one that greeted us when we arrived to Point Wild a week ago.

As we headed into evening recap and briefing the sun was shining and the seas calmed. Throughout the day we saw Kelp Gulls, Wilson’s Storm Petrels, Skuas, Antarctic Terns, Cape Petrels, Blue-Eyed Shags, Snowy Sheathbills, Gentoo penguins, Chinstrap penguins, Antarctic moss and lichen.

The Education Program for today while sailing across the Drake Passage:

0800 – Yoga (Clare & Danièle)

0800 – Wake-Up!

0830 – Breakfast

0930 – Expedition Café: Expedition experiences & agency (Elin)

1015 – Workshops:

1. Goal setting & achievement (Arnold W.)
2. Initiating an action project: From idea to implementation (Elin)
3. Earth in mind: Thinking & acting as if tomorrow matters. Practical solutions to environmental challenges (Howie)
4. Community led projects in the North and beyond (Becky & Barrie)
5. Climate change advocacy & action (Lacia)
6. Art & activism (Tony, Mike, Pablo & Pascale)
7. Telling your Antarctic expedition story (Niki)

1200 – Presentation: Big science on small boats (Grant)

1300 – Lunch

1430 – Workshops:

1. Social entrepreneurship (Arnold W.)
2. Initiating an action project: From idea to implementation (Elin)
3. A carbon-neutral Antarctica (Howie)
4. Community led projects in the North and beyond (Becky & Barrie)
5. Climate change advocacy & action (Lacia)
6. Art & activism (Tony, Mike, Pablo & Pascale)
7. Telling your Antarctic expedition story (Niki)

1600 – Snack

1630 – Presentation: Dog driving in polar regions (David)

1830 – Presentation: Biodiversity – The only thing that matters (Garry)

1930 – Dinner

Expedition Update – January 8, 2012
10:30am EST

New update from the expedition team ~

Here we are on our last day at sea, making great time as we sail north towards the Beagle Channel and Ushuaia!

Yesterday we sailed across the Drake Passage, crossing over 60°S and leaving the Antarctic Treaty Area. After breakfast, Elin guided us through an SOI conversation café where we collectively explored the question: “How will we use our experiences in Antarctica and our connections back home to make a difference?” Discussing this overarching question invited us to consider and make plans. By mid-morning we engaged in seven action- and agency-oriented workshops:

1. Goal setting & achievement (Arnold W.)

2. Initiating an action project: From idea to implementation (Elin)

3. Earth in mind: Thinking & acting as if tomorrow matters – practical solutions to environmental challenges (Howie)

4. Community led projects in the North and beyond (Becky & Barrie)

5. Climate change advocacy & action (Lacia)

6. Art & activism (Tony, Mike, Pablo & Pascale)

7. Telling your Antarctic expedition story (Niki)

In the afternoon we continued with morning workshops, this time with a group working on a plan for a carbon-neutral Antarctica and another working on a letter to Canadian leaders about the Antarctic Treaty System. Grant presented on his Tara Arctic expedition (Big Science on Small Boats) and David spoke to us about his experiences dog sledging in the Arctic and the Antarctic (Dog Driving in Polar Regions). After the evening recap and briefing, we gathered for movie night!

Our Education Program for our final day onboard the M/V USHUAIA looks like this:

0800 – Yoga (Clare & Danièle) & Wake-Up!

0830 – Breakfast

0930 – Packing

1000 – SOI Youth Action Guide & youth action tools

1030 – Personal & expedition carbon footprint calculation

1115 – Post-expedition questionnaire

1200 – Letters to supporters & letters to self

1300 – Lunch

1430 – Final pod meetings

1500 – Special appearance by Dr. Numinous

1600 – Snack

1630 – Presentation: Inspiring Generation G (Geoff)

1715 – Youth impressions wall activity

1830 – Group art show

1930 – Dinner

2100 – Final evening recap, briefing & Polar Night expedition celebration!

Expedition Leader Update – January 8, 2012
6:00pm EST

Hello from the Southern Ocean!

We are just southeast east of Cape Horn under sunny blue skies! The Drake has been good to us. The ship is abuzz with activity, such as packing, writing letters, filling out forms, calculating our carbon footprint, conversations and planning for the future. It is also just great to be out on deck in the presence of the Wandering Albatross, Cape Petrels, Blue Petrels and other seabirds. We anticipate reaching the entrance to the Beagle Channel early this evening where we will drop anchor for a few hours before taking on our Pilot and sailing the final 7 hours for tomorrow morning´s return to Ushuaia.

Tonight will be a fun evening of celebrations, skits, thank yous, slideshows, videos, music and more, as our team reflects and rejoices on our past two incredible weeks together. Our staff and students are very much a family now, and the end of this journey is really a beginning for much more to come in the weeks, months and years ahead. Projects, plans, petitions, presentations, ideas, mentoring and events are already being born and developed by the students, and I am so excited to watch these unfold and witness the impacts they will have. In many cases, it will take years for these youth to fully digest and absorb what they have experienced here in Antarctica. Without doubt it will all manifest itself in wonderful ways…

I want to take this chance to thank everyone who has helped to make this Students on Ice Antarctic Expedition 2011/2012 possible. Thanks also to the team back at SOI headquarters for holding down the fort and keeping the website updated (Mary Ellen, Reina, Mark, Leah). We are blessed with so many incredible partners and supporters. They are listed on our website of course, but I want to thank many of them again on behalf of all 89 members of our Antarctic expedition team.

THANK YOU!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  • All the Moms, Dads, Family and Friends!
  • Antarpply Expeditions
  • ArcticNet
  • Beatrice Snyder Foundation
  • Brian Snyder
  • Canada Goose
  • Canadian Museum of Nature
  • Carbonzero.ca
  • Cricket Island Foundation
  • Dick and Lois Haskayne
  • EYES Project
  • Government of Newfoundland and Labrador
  • Government of Yukon
  • Impossible 2 Possible
  • International Polar Year Canada
  • Leacross Foundation
  • M&C Travel Business – Ushuaia
  • Makivik Corporation
  • Northern Climate Exchange – Yukon College
  • People to People Student Ambassadors
  • Price Albert II of Monaco Foundation
  • S&A Inspiration Foundation
  • Sintectur – Buenos Aires
  • Students on Ice Alumni
  • The Explorers Club
  • The Global Learning Collaborative NYC
  • The Honourable Charlie Watt, Canadian Senator
  • The Honourable Leona Aglukkaq, Minister of Health Canada
  • The Honourable Peter Kent, Minister of Environment Canada
  • UNEP Grid Arendal
  • US Congressman Jose Serrano
  • US Congresswoman Carolyn Maloney
  • US Congresswoman Nydia Velazquez
  • US Senator Charles Schumer
  • US Senator Sheldon Whitehouse
  • We Canada
  • WWF-Canada

I hope all of you have enjoyed sharing this journey with us.

In the expedition spirit,

Geoff
Expedition Leader
Founder – Students on Ice Foundation

 

Expedition Leader Update – January 9, 2012
7:15am EST

Update from Expedition Leader, Geoff Green –

Good morning!

We are back. It is hot and sunny in Ushuaia. We are all on the plane and ready for take off to Buenos Aires!

Last night’s celebrations went into this morning, so we are a tired but happy group. I think everyone will be asleep by the time we ascend over the Andes. 38 degree Celsius awaits us when we arrive in Buenos Aires this afternoon.

Homeward bound!
Geoff

Expedition Update – January 9, 2012
4:30pm EST

Greetings from SOI headquarters!

A quick update to let you know that everyone has enjoyed a relaxing afternoon in Buenos Aires, touring the city, soaking up the sun, and now feasting on delicious Argentine delicacies.

They are starting to make their way back to the airport to check in for the group flights which are on schedule. Here are the travel plans for the group tonight:

Group A – Miami Group

LAN Airlines flight 4520

Departure from Buenos Aires: tonight at 22:30pm

Arrival to Miami: tomorrow morning at 06:00am

Group B – Toronto Group

American Airlines flight 908

Departure from Buenos Aires: tonight at 23:35pm

Arrival to Miami: tomorrow at 06:35am

We will continue to update regarding flight information. Please ensure you have verified your son/daughter’s independent travel arrangements from either the Miami or Toronto Gateway to their home community. If there are any changes, please advise our office immediately:

  • Toll-free (Canada & US): 1-866-336-6423
  • Direct: 1-819-827-3300
  • Email: expedition@studentsonice.com

In the expedition spirit,

The SOI Headquarters team

Expedition Update – January 10, 2012
10:15am EST

Good Morning!

A quick update to let you know that both teams landed early this morning in Miami.

Group A – Miami Group: Students are checking in for their connections and are being assisted by staff on the ground. Students departing later in the afternoon are grouped together and monitored until they are able to check-in.

Group B – Toronto Group: The group is going through security at the moment and making their way to board their flight American Airline 1552 to Toronto. The flight is scheduled to arrive in Toronto this afternoon at 1:55pm.

SOI Headquarters team

Expedition Update – January 10, 2012
2:15pm EST

Group A – Miami Group: All students are now checked in to their connecting flights.

Group B – Toronto Group: AA 1552 flight landed in Toronto and the staff are assisting students with check-ins to their connections this afternoon/evening.

SOI Headquarters

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