International Antarctic Expedition (IAE)

International Antarctic Expedition (IAE) 28 February to 14 March 2013.
Applications will close at midnight on the August 20, 2012.
Antarctica is vast. Twice the size of Australia, it is an island continent, east of the sun, west of the moon and south of everything else. The continent holds 90% of the world’s ice and 70% of the world’s fresh water. It is the highest, driest, coldest and windiest continent on earth. Human activities in Antarctica are governed by an international agreement known as the Antarctic Treaty System, established in 1959. This unique international agreement ensures that Antarctica is used for peaceful purposes only and that the environment is protected. Currently there is a moratorium in place that bans drilling or mining in Antarctica called the Environmental Protocol, established in 1991. This document can be reviewed after the 50-year anniversary in 2041.
The Antarctic Youth Ambassador Programme (AYAP) will select 10 young people from around the world to attend the International Antarctic Expedition (IAE) from 28 February to 14 March 2013. The mission for the IAE Expeditions is to engage and inspire the next generation of leaders to take responsibility, be sustainable, and know that now is the time for action in policy development, sustainable business generation through the promotion of recycling, renewable energy and sustainability.
AYAP will be conducted under the larger banner of the 2041 IAE 2013 and will be led by renowned polar explorer Robert Swan O.B.E., the first person in history to walk to both the North and South Poles and his experienced team at 2041. For more information log on to or download the brochure and application form (attached).  As a part of the youth program, we will use the leadership tools developed on IAE 2013 to create a community project to be implemented upon your return.
We would like to invite you to join AYAP as one of our ten selected participants and become a valuable member to the 2041 expedition, IAE 2013.  For more details and application process, please see below.
About 2041 IAE 2013 and AYAP
The 2041 International Antarctic Expedition (IAE) is a 15 day program to the world’s last great wilderness – Antarctica. Participants will learn about the fragile continent, why it is important to protect it and how they can be effective agents of change. You will come away equipped with the tools and information to lead a grassroots project for environmental protection. Our successful 10 AYAP applicants will meet and work closely with an additional 60 members who have been selected by Robert Swan, O.B.E. and his board. Once you have completed the journey, you will join an elite network of 2041 alumni from around the world – a diverse group of over 1,000 people who are doing incredibly inspiring work for the environment.
Why 2041 IAE 2013 and AYAP?
With this carefully selected team, you will explore the Antarctic Peninsula. With our onboard experts and gain firsthand knowledge of the continent’s fragile ecosystem, experience its unique wildlife and observe the magnificent landscape of Antarctica, all while learning about climate change, sustainability and what we can do to protect the last great wilderness on Earth. Protecting Antarctica is vital to our future. It is young people who will have to face the impacts of the continent melting – unprecedented sea levels rises, loss of a major fresh water source, irregular weather conditions – IAE 2013 and AYAP will give you the tools to support the protection of this wilderness and to bring about necessary change in your local community.
How to apply to 2041 AYAP
Places are limited and in demand.  As former team members, 2041 has asked us to provide 10 influential and dedicated young champions for this expedition. From all the applications we receive only 10 will be chosen. To apply for the Antarctic Youth Ambassador Programme, download the application form which is attached. Fill out your answers in a word document and email it to us at no later than August 20, 2012 with the subject Application: Antarctic Youth Ambassadors Programme: Your Name. Applications close at midnight on the August 20, 2012. You will be notified of your selection via email by September 1, 2012. Late and incomplete applications will not be reviewed.
Costs of 2041 AYAP
You will be travelling from your home to Ushuaia, Argentina where you will meet with your fellow team members and begin the programme. The expedition fee is $20,000 USD. Part of your application process is to raise the expedition fee prior to 15 November 2012. Airfare, gear and equipment are not included in this cost, for all exclusions, please see here the inclusion/exclusion list. To help you, we’ve created a fundraising handbook and are available to support you in any way you need. We will email it to selected participants.
2041 AYAP : Be committed 
If selected for AYAP you are agreeing to:
1. Participate in Robert Swan’s Antarctic Expedition from 28 February to March 14 2012
2. Develop and complete a local community project upon your return.
3. Participate in 2041 alumni activities and a potential international campaign to the promotion of recycling, renewable energy and sustainability and bring awareness to the moratorium that is up for review in 2041.
Please know the 2041 team is dedicated to assist you in any way that we can.  I look forward to the opportunity of sharing an experience of a lifetime with you as a member of the youth program on IAE 2013!
Please note: Applications must be submitted to For queries about AYAP, please or or  You can also follow us on Facebook on
(This is mail copied and Pasted from NYCA, Kathmandu)

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