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  • #16
    Re: Why do you want to go to Antarctica?

    Originally posted by Anonymous
    scuba diving in antarctica???
    certainly! There's even trips/tours available for it.. although.. they're a bit tame for what I want to do

    http://scilib.ucsd.edu/sio/nsf/diving/index.html

    http://www.divernet.com/travel/antar...3/antar7.shtml
    http://www.ukdiving.co.uk/places/wor...antarctica.htm

    Can't wait

    Mexico next year for a Cave Diving course..
    Norway sometime after for an Ice Diving course..

    then I'm nearly ready.. 5 years to go... no more.. hopefully less
    Last edited by Paul Ward; 10th December 2005, 20:43.

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    • #17
      Re: Why do you want to go to Antarctica?

      I wanna be there coz the idea of been upside down is really exciting for me.... coz we see antartica at the bottom of the earth... although u may not feel it but u are..??? Its like u are having all off the earth ova u

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      • #18
        Re: Why do you want to go to Antarctica?

        To experience a huge unspoiled wilderness, for sure ! It's been just over a year I've gotten well into Antarctica, all my interest stemmed from watching a Documentary about 2 years ago, called The Deep Blue, it is fantastic and I've never seen anything directed so magnificantly well. Although the most part of my new found hobbie, is all thanks to Sir David Attenborough, and then watching The March Of The Penguins. 2 years ago, I wasn't interested in Birds, Whales, Penguins, even the Antarctica, I'm 25 now, and my life long ambition / goal is to visit the Antarctica, see the unique Sunsets, listen to the silence and of course to see the Wildlife.

        Sinse watching March Of The Penguins, it completely triggered off something inside of me (apologies if that sounds pathetic), that completely changed my views on alot of things in life and got me interested in the things that, not alot of people I know, are actually interested in. The way I view Antarctica, after watching so many Documentaries that I've built up in my Collection, I think of it as an unknown and very delicate 'world', that too many people 'ignore', or don't want to know anything about it. Too many people say 'it's too cold', 'you'd be mad to want to go there', 'I think that of better things to spend a few thousand pounds on rather than spend it in a below freezing climate'. It really does sadden me to hear people say things like that. I would absolutely love to get involved, some how, in the life or even just research in Antarctica. It's become some a massive passion and is a huge part of my life, I'm thinkng of ways I can achieve some future within Antarctica, such as, studying with the Open University next year, taking courses (my frst course will be Life In The Oceans), and getting some kind of education on the subject. I love it, it's so fascinating, and let's face it, although I don't know alot about Global Warming, as much as I try to learn it, it's a huge 'field' to study, but Antarctica isn't going to be there forever more, if the planet keeps polluting the way it does, it that is heart breaking for me ! My planned trip is for 2009, I'm not rich, far from it, but I will pay any amount of money to see something so unique and SO close to my heart.

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        • #19
          Re: Why do you want to go to Antarctica?

          Maria,

          You seem to have caught the Antarctica bug!! welcome to the club!

          I don't know what kind of work you're in now but have you thought about becoming a teacher and teaching the new generations about the wonder and fragility of Antarctica? You sound like the sort of dedicated people education needs

          psr

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          • #20
            Re: Why do you want to go to Antarctica?

            Hey mate, thanks for the welcome !

            I'm currently working in IT, I love the job, been doing in for around 5 years, but sinse getting into a more sensitive side of Nature, I don't see being in IT (for the role I'm in and what sort of contracts I support, although they are big in the UK) something long term for me, as I don't think any real valuable experience is gained from this industry, at least not for me anyway, espcialy if I weigh it up with the experience I would gain from being involved with nature. I'm not driven by money what so ever, as long as I have anough to pay the bill I may have and enough money to live on, I suppose that's a good things really.

            There is so much to learn about Antarctica, I do all my research on the Net, what I woudln't mind is an expert to give me ALL the material I'd need to read to learn practically everything about Antarctica. You're suggestion sounds really interesting, could you point me in any specific direction where to start learning ?

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            • #21
              Re: Why do you want to go to Antarctica?

              Maria,
              That was quick!! I should've stuck around for the answer!!

              If you need an expert on Antarctica ask Paul Ward (the guy who runs this place - I think!).

              If you need to know anything about Antarctica then you have come to the best site on the net!! I used a lot of it for my class' research when I was teaching Antarctica. In fact, it was the kids who pointed me in the right direction. They were so fascinated by what they saw on this site that they told me about it! I'm still exploring the site myself and believe me when you read the stuff and visit the links you'll be amazed by what you see.

              As far as teaching is concerned, I'm not sure what the rules in England are (I suspect that's where you are) but you may be able to enrol in a teaching degree somewhere. Ask Paul....he knows! That sounds so ominous....

              Good luck
              psr

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              • #22
                Re: Why do you want to go to Antarctica?

                Haha, thanks mate ! I will drop Paul a PM with the link to this thread. So I take it you teach Antarctica then (or used to ?) ? Care to tell me how you got into it, what age group you taught etc ?

                I'm intreagued ! I must do some research on this with my local college.

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                • #23
                  Re: Why do you want to go to Antarctica?

                  I think this would be easier if the site manager/s set up a live chat room!!

                  Aren't you supposed to be at work or at lunch or something?? What time is it anyway?? I'm just about to get to bed.

                  I taught Antarctica without this site for one term and with this site for one term. I have a year 5 (10-11years) class and in Australia we have to teach a unit on Antarctica for HSIE (social studies). I did a much better job the second time round and I haven't even reached the tip of the iceberg - so to speak

                  So, I am a "would-be" Antarctica teacher which I guess is a tad better than a "has-been" which I suppose will be if I don't teach year 5 next year!! Either way, I'm gone!!

                  You sound so enthusiastic! If more teachers were like you we would all be working for a pittance - OH! We already DO work for a pittance!!

                  Regards
                  psr

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                  • #24
                    Re: Why do you want to go to Antarctica?

                    Lol, sounds great ! I've taught children around those ages so I have alot of experience with children (as I have nieces and nephews, too !). Wow, what a asubject to teach, I'd get carried away with them if I was teaching that subject, I'd be the most motivated teacher in the world, lol ! Ok maybe not.

                    Work is generly quiet, we are currently transitioning a contract and are waiting for our Go Live date in October, so we are just helping out with London Contracts at the moment, which is quiet also, hence the time to post on the net. it's currently 13.46 here - I'm in untill 17.15, I wish I was able to go to bed right now ! Happy sleeping.

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                    • #25
                      Re: Why do you want to go to Antarctica?

                      Hi Maria,

                      Not sure what advice you're asking for? If it's Antarctic info, then there's a number of books available, follow the link on the top navbar to the books page. As for:
                      "ALL the material I'd need to read to learn practically everything about Antarctica"
                      ...depends on how many life-times you hav available! I know people who have spent their whole working lives researching some aspect of Antractica, but wouldn't claim to know any where near all there is to know.

                      Becoming a teacher? Well, that will be about teaching rather than Antarctica - which would be a small part of the job however enthusiastic you are. There are a number of ways of doing this these days, I suggest you start here:

                      http://www.tda.gov.uk/Recruit.aspx

                      Any specific questions please ask away.

                      Paul

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                      • #26
                        Re: Why do you want to go to Antarctica?

                        Hey Paul,

                        Thanks for the info ! I think I'm a bit too eager wanting to learn as much as I possibly can as it's of great interest to me to be involved in some or another, in the future !

                        I do research in my spare time about Antarctica, on the net, although most of it it research on Wildlife at the moment, due to the Documentaries I'm watching on DVD / TV. I guess my starting point really is when I start studying with the Open University in May next year, which I can do whilst I work rather than studyin gin college as I need a job that brings in money inbetween ! It's all very exciting, if you asked me 5 years ago if the White Continent was of any interest to me, I'd have told you to go and whistle ! Hehe.

                        Maria.

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                        • #27
                          Re: Why do you want to go to Antarctica?

                          Maria,
                          I told you Paul would get it right for you!!

                          And yes, I did get carried away...and so did the kids. It was honestly the best unit of work I have ever taught, and I have never seen my class so motivated.

                          Antarctica is a complete unit. You can learn about evolution and wildlife and science and history and language and computers and the environment and photography, and the list goes on - all at once! Everything you need is there. You can teach about everything when you teach Antarctica!!

                          To me, teaching about Antarctica was like a balanced meal...all the food groups were proportionally represented!!

                          psr

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                          • #28
                            Re: Why do you want to go to Antarctica?

                            'To me, teaching about Antarctica was like a balanced meal...all the food groups were proportionally represented!!' - very nicely put, psr. Glad you enjoyed it, sounds phenominal to teach that subject !

                            I've ordered some books form Amazon this morning, there are quite a few I want but I can't get them all at once else I will burn a hole in my pocket, darn ! I've also emailed the Open University this morning as I want to get into Oceanology, so they've given me a few pointers where to start.

                            Who said dreams were just that, eh ?

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                            • #29
                              Re: Why do you want to go to Antarctica?

                              Maria,
                              Take my advice and follow your dreams while you're still young...you kind of lose steam after a while and the innocence of youth is no longer present to make it more beautiful and more memorable..........Good luck and I congratulate you on your perseverance

                              psr

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                              • #30
                                Re: Why do you want to go to Antarctica?

                                Thank you ! I will remember you when I'm rich and famous and I'll build you an Igloo

                                No, not really, I'd hate to be any of the above.

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