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  • How long would you go for?

    OK, so you've been offered a job in Antarctica - dream job, fabulous location, the longer you're there the more you experience.

    But really - if it was a "go for this long or never go at all" situation, what is the longest time you would choose to go to Antarctica for? bearing in mind it's a "there and back" trip - no visits home in the meantime.
    17
    6 months
    17.65%
    3
    12 months
    23.53%
    4
    18 months
    23.53%
    4
    24 months
    5.88%
    1
    30 months
    29.41%
    5

  • #2
    OK, so here's an answer maybe, this thread has been up for over a year, nearly a thousand people have visited and most would only go to Antractica for the minimum time possible.

    The longer you go, the better the chance, want a holiday? pay for it yourself. Want to go to Antarctica - be prepared to work for it.

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    • #3
      hmm antartica

      antartica is my dream...

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      • #4
        Re: How long would you go for?

        Originally posted by Paul
        OK, so you've been offered a job in Antarctica - dream job, fabulous location, the longer you're there the more you experience.
        If it's really the dream job in a fabulous location then 24-30 months would be good. But if it's some grinding job at a desolate place with no chance of adventure... no thanks. A lot of it also depends on the crew. With the right crew, a great job, and the prime location, I'd never leave.
        :mrgreen:

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        • #5
          Re: How long would you go for?

          Originally posted by glenn
          If it's really the dream job in a fabulous location then 24-30 months would be good. But if it's some grinding job at a desolate place with no chance of adventure... no thanks. A lot of it also depends on the crew. With the right crew, a great job, and the prime location, I'd never leave.
          Point taken, but you don't know those things until you get there, so it's a risk, maybe I should have phrased the question more like;

          "How much of your life are you prepared to risk for what may or may not be a dream job in Antarctica"

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          • #6
            Re: How long would you go for?

            "How much of your life are you prepared to risk for what may or may not be a dream job in Antarctica"
            Maybe I was a little na?ve when I applied to join BAS for 30 months. I was certainly prepared (at that time) to give up so much of my life, though I think I rather suppressed the idea of a possible negative experience. I had spoken to an ex-FID before applying and was aware that there was no guarantee of a once-in-a-lifetime experience but, ever the optimist, I think I pushed that to the back of my mind. As it turned out, I thoroughly enjoyed my time down South. So, at that time of my live I certainly was prepared to risk nearly 3 years of my life for a ?dream job?. Later, once married, I don?t think that would have been a possible consideration, though nowadays, with female recruitment, I don?t know if couples would be employed.

            Have BAS ever recruited married couples?

            I am only aware of a couple who run the museum at Grytviken on S. Georgia, but I don?t think they are employed by BAS.

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            • #7
              You summed it for me too Keith, and I suspect many other people who have been South on a contract that sounds scary.

              For me it was a decision based on "Which might I regret more, not going or going and finding it wasn't what I hoped?" - so off I went.

              I don't recall meeting anyone who actively regrets their time South though and the vast majority I've spoken with wouldn't go back and change it if they could.

              In fact there's a guy I know at the moment who is considering applying to BAS, the main reason not to seems to be that he's fairly recently found a new girlfriend. It's very difficult for me not to say something along the lines of "Going South is a once in a lifetime opportunity, there's plenty of girls around and in 6 months time, the chances are you won't be with her anyway".

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              • #8
                Wow lots happening sense i've been gone. There's nothing like the beauty of a wonderfull women although. Hard thing to replace down there.

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                • #9
                  Re: How long would you go for?

                  I would absolutely go for a year. Antarctica has always been a fascination of mine so yeah, definitely a year, maybe longer.

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                  • #10
                    Re: How long would you go for?

                    Just to go, whatever it takes, is worthwhile I would think. I don't me to sound rash, but I have come to the conclusion that I will be as persistent as need be to be able to go and I wouldn't turn down any opportunity - under 5 years. I think 5 years without seeing a deciduous tree would drive me a bit too crazy.

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                    • #11
                      Re: How long would you go for?

                      I'd have to agree...just the chance to go. I'd go in a heartbeat. I'm still working on my application. I'm hoping to go before I get too old to dream. <G>

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                      • #12
                        Re: How long would you go for?

                        30 months seems like a very very long time to be in antarctica without a break. I'd probably just go for a year, the first time.

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                        • #13
                          Re: How long would you go for?

                          Originally posted by Paul
                          OK, so you've been offered a job in Antarctica - dream job, fabulous location, the longer you're there the more you experience.

                          But really - if it was a "go for this long or never go at all" situation, what is the longest time you would choose to go to Antarctica for? bearing in mind it's a "there and back" trip - no visits home in the meantime.
                          For as long as they would have me. Sure I could keep in touch back home through use of videos etc.

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                          • #14
                            Re: How long would you go for?

                            what's the world record? double that and that's how long i'd work there.

                            but really. does anyone know how long the world record is?

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                            • #15
                              Re: How long would you go for?

                              I thought a person was only allowed to be down there like six months at a time. I do recall someone saying they have been there a total of three years all together though? I tried looking it up and nothing....this site is like an antarctic bible though so i might have missed it.

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