Not a stay in a palace or a cave this time Airbnb is inviting five volunteers for an interesting Scientific Research Mission to Antarctica

Airbnb is trusted by travel enthusiasts for offbeat stay options. The marketplace recently gave us a peek into the 10 most wish-listed properties of the decade while also calling onboard former Apple designer Jony Ive to revamp the AirBnB experience. And in continuing to do things with a twist, it is now inviting five volunteers to join an interesting Scientific Research Mission to Antarctica in association with Ocean Conservancy.

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Christened the Antarctic Sabbatical, the opportunity presents individuals a chance to collect snow samples and study the extent to which microplastics have made their way to the interior of Antarctica. The aim of the program is to create greater awareness of our impact on the climate in one of the world’s least understood and most isolated ecosystems.

The journey will include an immersion training in Punta Arenas, Chile, a Visit to the South Pole, and a chance to explore the beauty of Antarctic sites like the Drake Icefall, Charles Peak Windscoop, and Elephant’s Head to learn about the continent’s geography, amongst various other adventures.

Commenting on it, Janis Searles Jones, CEO of Ocean Conservancy said “Partnering with Airbnb on the Antarctic Sabbatical is an incredible opportunity to continue our fight against ocean plastic and raise awareness of this issue,” he further added, “Through our annual International Coastal Cleanup, where volunteers not only collect trash from beaches and waterways around the world but also log every item in our global database, Ocean Conservancy has a long history of working with citizen scientists, and we look forward to applying the results of this expedition to global solutions.”

Interested folks can apply for the Antarctic Sabbatical by filling up the application form on the Airbnb website!

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