2018 - YOUTH ENVIRONMENTAL AMBASSADORS PROGRAM

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APPLICATION NOW!!

WE ARE CURRENTLY ACCEPTING APPLICATIONS FOR OUR 2018 PROGRAM, FROM YOUTH AGE 14-20.

WE ACCEPT APPLICATIONS FROM YOUTH FROM AROUND THE WORLD. SPACES WILL BE FILLED BY SUITABLE APPLICANTS ON A FIRST COME FIRST SERVE BASIS SO APPLY NOW TO ENSURE YOUR PLACE ON THE EXPEDITION

IF YOU ANY QUESTIONS ABOUT THE UPCOMING EXPEDITION, PLEASE EMAIL US

2018 Frontenac Arch Biosphere Research YEAP information

Our adventure begins in Ottawa, Ontario, Canada's capital city, where you will meet your expedition leaders, including Dr. Shelley Ball - biologist, educator, photographer and environmental storyteller. Shelley grew up in eastern Ontario and spent her childhood exploring the lakes, forests and marshes of eastern Ontario. She has studied ecology extensively in the area. The Frontenac Arch is an incredible place! It is a biodiversity hotspot in Ontario - a place where 5 different forest types and 2 geological regions meet, creating habitat for so many species. We will spend 10 days exploring the area, learning about its ecology and environmental issues, learning the tools of environmental communication and visual storytelling, and have great outdoor adventures.

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Leadership and Communication are Essential Components of the Youth Environmental Ambassadors Program

Team building and leadership are also elements that are woven into our expedition. We believe the developing self-confidence and leadership skills are important elements of our personal and professional growth. Regardless of what career you choose, being an effective leader is a key component of success. Another key component of success is our ability to communicate. Communication happens in a variety of different ways. Our focus is on visual communication - through photography and video - but we also want to help participants learn presentation skills so that they can share their photos and videos with the world. For those who love to write, or love poetry or music, we encourage them to use those as means of expression as well.

What's Included and What's Not

Our goal is to provide you with a learning experience and adventure of a lifetime and to make this as easy as possible for you to participate. So once we all arrive in Ottawa, we just embark on our expedition having fun, learning, and growing. All travel, basic meals, accommodation and park entrance fees and event and activity fees are included in the cost of the program. We've specifically made this adventure very affordable. Stay tuned for our final pricing to be posted shortly.

Specifically, here what's included:

  • All of your travel, accommodation and meals within the Ottawa area, while on the expedition
  • Entrance fees to national or provincial parks and all of our adventure activities and excursions (e.g. canoeing, kayaking, etc)
  • Our incredible Education Program, including instructional workshops in photography, videography, communication and leadership as well as lectures, discussions, team building exercises
  • Pre-expedition support to help you prepare for your incredible adventure
  • Pre-expedition educational materials
  • Biosphere Environmental Education t-shirt, journal, name tag and other swag
  • Post-expedition support for continued learning and for presenting your 'story' and mini-documentary to audiences of your choice

Here's what's not included in the expedition cost:

  • Your travel to and from Ottawa, Ontario, our gateway location; we encourage participants to use their airline reward miles to cover the cost of flights
  • Any travel or additional activities you choose to undertake outside of the formal expedition dates
  • Any travel visas or documents needed to enter Costa Rica
  • Any fees associated with your passport
  • Airport taxes
  • Your personal travel medical insurance (which is mandatory)
  • Spending money for snacks, souvenirs, or any additional activities
  • Personal expedition gear, clothing or associated items

Travel Information

As a condition of participating in the YEAP 2018, all participants must hold a valid passport and that passport must be valid for at least 6 months after the expedition. Participants are also responsible for obtaining any travel visas needed to enter Canada. It is the participants sole responsibility to determine whether they need a visa to enter Canada and to obtain any needed visas. We encourage participants to contact the appropriate embassy/consular mission to determine what documents you require for travel.

Participants must arrange there own travel to and from Ottawa, Ontario, Canada, the gateway city for our expedition. Expedition leaders will arrange to pick participants up at the airport and ensure they arrive at the airport in time for their departure for their return trip home. Once participants arrive in Ottawa, they will be with expedition leaders and the expedition participants the entire time, unless the participants has arranged their own personal travel in Canada prior to or after the expedition. Any travel outside of the formal expedition dates is the sole responsibility and liability of the participant.

It is mandatory that all participants purchase personal travel medical insurance prior to the expedition. Proof of travel medical insurance is a requirement of final acceptance to the expedition.  Coverage must include a minimum of $100,000 U.S. Coverage for trip cancellation, lost luggage etc is at the discretion of the participants.

Health/Medical

All participants must be capable of undertaking physical activities with a moderate level of difficulty. This includes hiking on uneven ground, easy to moderate walking for up to 3 hours, sitting calmly in a small boat. You will have a medical form and liability waiver to complete as a requirement of participation. All personal information is kept confidential.

 Appropriate Behaviour

As a participants of YEAP 2018, it is expected that all participants will behave in a respectful way toward all participants, including Expedition Leaders and all staff associated with accommodation, travel and any aspect of expedition activities. Harsh and inappropriate language is not tolerated. Drugs (aside from personal medicines officially prescribed by a physician) and alcohol are not permitted on this expedition and there is a zero-tolerance policy. Violation of these policies could result in the participant being removed from the expedition and being sent home early at their own personal expense. Smoking during the expedition is very highly discouraged. Smoking is not permitting during expedition outings due to safety issues. Our expeditions operate under a philosophy of mutual respect and it is expected that all participants associated with the expedition will behave in a respectful manner at all times. Our goal is to provide an outstanding educational experience for participants and to help them develop outstanding leadership skills. This requires everyone's cooperation and participation in the spirit of adventure, learning, and growing.