Students On Ice (Canada)

The Polar Regions are powerful experiential learning environments, fostering in youth a deeper understanding of, and appreciation for, the natural world. 

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The Goal  

We believe in the power of connecting youth to nature and fostering within them an appreciation for the planet, themselves and each other.

Students on Ice was established in 2000 when founder Geoff Green came up with the idea to bring youth on expeditions to the Arctic and Antarctic. The mission has since been to educate the world’s youth about the importance of the Polar Regions, to support their continued growth and to inspire initiatives that contribute to global sustainability.

Today, SOI works to instil an understanding of how the Arctic and Antarctic are both critical and essential parts of our Planet. They illuminate our history and are cornerstones of our global ecosystem and our future. They are homelands, wilderness, frontiers, laboratories, and classrooms on the frontlines of environmental, cultural, political, social, and economic change.

The Solution

Our expeditions are profound, hands-on experiences for youth to bridge cultures, learn from experts about climate change, biodiversity, traditional knowledge, and gain the inspiration and motivation needed to help lead us to a healthier and more sustainable future.

Experiential education is the foundation of the SOI approach; we are dedicated to inspiring and supporting youth and providing them the necessary tools to instil positive change in their communities and around the world.

Each expedition brings together a team of Indigenous and non Indigenous students and expert staff from around the world including scientists, elders, artists, historians and visionary leaders. Together, they develop a deeper connection to the land, culture and people of the Arctic through cross-cultural dialogue, community visits, hands-on research, wildlife observations, and land and ship-based workshops.Youth learn about the impacts of climate change, the importance of ocean conservation, and other important topics, grounded in an understanding and appreciation for the people who call the Arctic home.

Throughout their learning experience we support each participant in developing a strong sense of self and a personal paradigm of ability and opportunity.

The Results

2,700 alumni from 52 countries making a difference in their communities and beyond.

The expedition is just the beginning of a life-long journey of discovery and understanding. Post -expedition, participants become part of a supportive alumni network of more than 2,700 youth from 52 countries making a difference on a local and global level. 

SOI alumni gain access to personal and professional development opportunities; funding; and a robust, global mentorship network to help them achieve their goals. 

The expedition and SOI’s Alumni Program inspire and support alumni to:

  • Become globally-minded ambassadors
  • Define career goals and pursue dreams
  • Share their experiences through presentations, media, writing books and producing documentaries
  • Access grants in support of youth-led community initiatives
  • Form global youth groups to tackle social and environmental issues
  • Develop and lead social impact movements on topics such as mental health, cultural revitalization, and connecting community to nature
  • Earn scholarships
  • Collaborate with partners, policy, and decision makers to protect and sustainably develop the Polar Regions

Insider Tip

Flexibility is key.

  • Educators
  • Immersion in nature
  • Bridging cultures
  • Intergenerational knowledge

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