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Antarctica Spring 2025

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ANTARCTICASpring 2025

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My experience as a university study abroad student in the Antarctic reshapedmy life and worldview. A few weeks after I returned home and began to emergefrom my “Antarctica bubble,” LEI was born.It didn’t take long for me to understand that the best way for me to makepositive changes toward sustainable human-environment relationships was toprovide future-thinking, passionate students from across the globe with thesame opportunity that I was fortunate to have. Make no mistake - this is an intense experience, and it will change your life. Itwill transform you at the foundational level. You will be catalyzed as an agent ofpositive change and possess the inner confidence to see it through. There is nothing comparable to lived experience, and this experience will propelyour future. I am honored by your interest in participating in a Living Earth Initiativeprogram. If you join us, I promise you will walk away with clarity, direction, anda deep understanding of who you are. Looking forward to seeing you onboard!My experience as a university study abroad student in the Antarctic reshapedmy life and worldview. A few weeks after I returned home and began to emergefrom my “Antarctica bubble,” LEI was born.It didn’t take long for me to understand that the best way for me to makepositive changes toward sustainable human-environment relationships was toprovide future-thinking, passionate students from across the globe with thesame opportunity that I was fortunate to have. Make no mistake - this is an intense experience, and it will change your life. Itwill transform you at the foundational level. You will be catalyzed as an agent ofpositive change and possess the inner confidence to see it through. There is nothing comparable to lived experience, and this experience will propelyour future. I am honored by your interest in participating in a Living Earth Initiativeprogram. If you join us, I promise you will walk away with clarity, direction, anda deep understanding of who you are. Looking forward to seeing you onboard!Photo by Elena Humphreys Lucas

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Welcometo LEI“The significantproblems we havecannot be solved atthe same level ofthinking with whichwe created them.” ― Albert Einstein

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2 6912Message from LaurenRichards, FounderCurriculumSustainable InterventionCapstone - PathwaysOur Classroom14Life Onboard 16Field Program 18Our ClimatePromise19Student Stories20Program PricingCONTENTS

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Be the Catalyst the World Needs.Living Earth CurriculumSix modules are delivered before departure; each curated to provide a rich,deep, concise introduction to Antarctica and feed into the work participantswill carry out through the voyage and their Sustainable InterventionCapstone. A live post-lecture Zoom discussion and reflection with theinstructors will immediately follow the weekly lecture. Assignments are designed to enhance individual critical-thinking skills andapply personal interpretation of the material to their values, goals,aspirations, and ideologies. We aim to foster each participant's capacity as aninnovative changemaker and future-forward leader. Coursework will span abroad array of bespoke and open-source supplemental material relating tothe United Nations 17 Sustainable Development Goals. Academic success in our program is achieved upon completion of ourSustainable Intervention Capstone (SIC) project - a curated plan of scalableaction, proposed innovation, or policy solution engineered by participantsdrawing from their chosen pathway. Participants begin Pathway explorationpre-voyage and begin work while in the field. Final presentations are held viaZoom two weeks post-voyage. Projects may be undertaken individually or insmall groups.

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“Twenty years from now you will be more disappointed by the things that you didn’t do thanby the ones you did do. So throw off the bowlines. Sail away from the safe harbor. Catch thetrade winds in your sails. Explore. Dream. Discover.” – Mark Twain“Twenty years from now you will be more disappointed by the things that you didn’t do thanby the ones you did do. So throw off the bowlines. Sail away from the safe harbor. Catch thetrade winds in your sails. Explore. Dream. Discover.” – Mark Twain

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Week 1- Human Footprints in the Antarctic and Justifications: IAATO In-Depth Week 2 - Antarctic Ecology: Past, Present, and Future Week 4 - Antarctic Earth Science: Geology, Oceanography, Climatology, and Meteorology Week 3 - Changing the World Through Citizen Science Week 5 - Environmental Psychology: Biophilia and the Ecological Self Week 6 - Voyage Briefing: Safety and Expectations

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InterventionPathwaysCapstoneSustainableResponsible InnovationConservation Art and EnvironmentBiomimicry and Nature-inspired DesignTechnologySocial and Political PolicyBiodiversity and WildlifeEcologyConservation PolicySustainable DevelopmentAdvocacyHuman-Nature InteractionBiosecurityClimate Change CommunicationEarth ScienceGeologyGlaciologyClimatologyMeteorologyBiogeochemical ProcessesOceanographyVolcanology and SeismologyBotanyPhotographyJournalismPoetryPaintingDrawingDigital DesignOther Creative MediumsThis list is not exhaustive. If you have specific research interests , we will do our best toaccommodate your request!

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Does your classroom

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inspire you?

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Ours will.

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“The people who are crazy enough to think they can change the world are the ones who do.” – Steve Jobs

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LEI’s vessel-based program is where the real transformation begins to take place. Our fully immersive daily activities will keep you engaged and inspired. We will be involvedwith multiple Citizen Science projects during our time in the Antarctic - enabling you to gainhands-on field experience and become an Antarctic researcher! LEI staff will work hard to maximize the time spent in Zodiacs, zipping through themagnificent ice displays of the Southern Ocean alongside whales, seals, and penguins andlanding on continental Antarctica, the Peninsula, and sub-Antarctic islands. Weatherpermitting, we will visit massive penguin colonies, snowshoe hike to explore the mostbreathtaking geological landscapes Earth offers, and examine the abundance of marinewildlife. You may become one of the few humans to encounter rare Antarctic-endemicspecies of flora and fauna, like the elusive Type-D Orca, Antarctic Pearlwort, and numerouslichen species. Sailing across the notorious Drake Passage comes with its own bragging rights. Will we getthe Drake Lake, or experience the Drake Shake? Either way, crossing through the AntarcticConvergence that supports this biologically rich ecosystem is an experience that will last alifetime. We may even encounter the largest moving objects on the planet - gigantic tabularicebergs. Visiting the sub-Antarctic islands, with a bit of luck, you will have the unique opportunity towitness Antarctica’s tropical past through fossils, walk across an active volcano, andexperience the darker side of human history that inspired the comprehensive environmentaland ecological protections covered in the Antarctic Treaty System. Life OnboardFebrurary 26 - March 8, 2025

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You will join the ranks of only .00002% of the human population that has ever lived as anAntarctic explorer. The journey can test your strength and will. You will be pushed beyondyour comfort zone, and you will achieve things beyond what you think are possible. You will undertake work individually, in small pathway-specific teams, and as a cohort eachday. Our field staff and world-class guest speakers will lead workshops and host lectures onsea days and between excursions. During downtime, we will host optional activities including art, exercise, well-being, andprofessional development activities. The evenings are yours to rest and relax - enjoy playinggames, chatting with your new friends and staff, and watching movies in the lecture lounge. Ifyou have a musical talent - you are welcome to showcase it! Three gourmet meals per day are included in the program fee. Each participant will be assigned a roommate in a double accommodation cabin; theseassignments will be thoughtfully curated and shared before departure. We maintain a strict zero-tolerance drug and conservative alcohol consumption policy. Nointoxicated person will be permitted to participate in daily activities. Life aboard a ship canleave you walking sideways; safety is our top priority.

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Our program prepares you as an emerging leader and changemaker to tackle the world’smost critical ‘wicked’ problems. The last true wilderness on Earth inspires transformative lifechanges, making it the best learning environment possible. Immersed in arguably the mostmagnificent ecosystem on the planet, our staff provides the toolkit for participants to build abetter future for humanity and the natural world. Stewardship, sustainable lifestyles, andenvironmental consciousness are fostered by emotionally connecting and interacting withthis remarkable frozen oasis. Your instructors are experienced Antarctic expedition guidescommitted to ensuring this experience changes your life and provides you with the ability topursue a competitive, trailblazing career. Field ProgramTalk with your academic advisor about earning credit for participating in our program!February 26 - March 8, 2025

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Environmental PsychologyClimate Change Showdown: Natural vs. AnthropogenicInterpretation and CommunicationVisual and Verbal StorytellingHow Connection Translate into ActionWhat We Can Do About ItCritical EcologyGlobal Importance of the AntarcticCitizen ScienceCite and Pathway Specific Projects

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Our Climate Promise At Living Earth Initiative, environmental ethics and integrity are at the forefront ofeverything we do. In line with the United Nations 17 Sustainable DevelopmentGoals, we have pledged to operate transparently and leave the smallest carbonfootprint possible through our operations. Diversity, equity, and inclusion arefoundational principles for us, not just buzzwords. We encourage our staff tomake sustainable lifestyle choices by incorporating carbon and methane-reducing meat and dairy-free diets, making environmentally-conscious fashionchoices, restricting our travel-related and operational carbon footprint, andseverely limiting our use of single-use plastics.Living Earth Initiative has pledged throughour partnership with onetreeplanted.org toplant 500 trees in various regions of theworld - per voyage - to offset the carbonfootprint of our air travel and shipoperations. We also prioritize plantingcoastal mangroves and coral restorationprojects. Partners and commitments to sustainable practices

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Student Stories“Most of my learning is done bymaking mistakes. I have learned a lotof hard lessons throughout life whichinevitably lead me here. For the firsttime in a very long time, I realized thatyou don’t have to fail to learn!Immerse yourself in the things thatseems interesting to you; try and fail,or maybe don’t fail! There’s so muchout there and so many different waysto learn things that seemed impossibleto me than just being in a classroom.”- Jerry Ding Arizona State University“As a full-time student and traveler, Iunderstand better than most the powerexperiences have on an education.Going to Antarctica was the mostmeaningful, educational, andtransformational experience for meand my University cohort. Everystudent wishing to make a changeshould have the chance to be inspiredby our world's most preciousecosystems.” - Elena Humphreys Lucas Arizona State University“Speaking as a student today, we’re glued toour laptops. We’re taught through variousplatforms, all online. I had to take a week off ofmy senior year of high school to be able toboard our trip to Antarctica, and I can say withfull confidence that I learned more during those19 days in one of the most remote places in theworld than I did during my entire semester.There’s something about being there without aninternet connection, learning the secrets of theworld firsthand.” - Maha Siddiqui Ball State University

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PricingProgram FeeApplication Fee $50 - nonrefundable$9,500What the program fee covers:What it does NOT cover:Program tuitionFull room and board on vessel for 11- days and 10-nightsGroup accommodation in Ushuaia, Argentina on Feb. 25, 2025 Airfare domestic or internationalMANDATORY travel and medical insuranceTransportation to or from airportMedical certification feeAccommodation for additional time abroad beyond program dates or night beforeembarkationSnacks purchased in Ushuaia to bring aboardAdditional meals in UshuaiaPurchase of alcoholic beverages at any timeAdditional (optional) activities potentially offered aboard the ship - kayaking, camping,etc.Once-in-a-lifetime experiential educationLifelong memoriesFees incurred as the result of disciplinary actionVisa, travel documentation, immigration, port agent, or customs feesParticipants from US, UK, EU, and select other countries do not require a visa to enter Argentina

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There are many resources to assist in funding your participation in this program!Stay tuned for information about our webinar dedicated to finding financial assistance foryour program fee. Due DatesApplication Fee At time of applicationProgram FeePayment 1 Upon acceptance to program Payment 2Payment 3$1,750No later than September 1, 2024$3,875$3,875No later than June 1, 2024Priority cabin and berthing assignments will be given to participants who make afull payment within 30 days of acceptance to the program. These will be doubleoccupancy assignments in larger cabins with large windows and unobstructedviews. See ‘Terms and Conditions for Applicants’ for information on payment and refund policy.

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“It is incredibly empowering to know that your future is in your hands.” – Keanu Reeves

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