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December 5, 2016 Headline News No Comments Email Email

egtmedia59Young people can enjoy the trip of a lifetime to Antarctica and the Antarctic islands under the provision of a little-known trust that has its foundations in the early 19th century.

The Enderby Trust works in conjunction with New Zealand’s renowned expedition travel company Heritage Expeditions. The trust offers scholarship positions aboard expeditions to the Subantarctic Islands and Antarctica so that young people aged 18-30 years can visit this region in the same spirit of exploration and discovery as the maritime vessels of the early 1800s.


Four successful scholarship recipients have been travelling on the ‘Birding Down Under’ expedition this month, aboard the ship Spirit of Enderby.

The company says it has enjoyed showing Jacqueline, Nancy, Giselle and Natalie “why we are passionate about this region and sharing our knowledge and expertise of the remote Subantarctic Islands with them.

“The scholarships on this expedition are worth up to USD 8150 each.”

Birding Down Under is arguably one of the greatest birding expeditions anywhere in the world. It gives participants a unique opportunity to view numerous birds, in some cases including rare pelagic species and also endemic island species. It is the only expedition cruise that visits all of the Subantarctic Islands and the Chatham Islands in one voyage.

The company reports that the number of Enderby Trust applications received each year continually grows. These highly sought after opportunities allow scholarship recipients to experience this remote region.

“Voyages and scholarship availability varies from season to season. The Trustees hope participants will share their experiences and enthusiasm with other people and grow the awareness of the Southern Ocean.

“All expeditions are accompanied by a team of naturalists and biologists to enhance the learning possibilities. Many past recipients have continued on to pursue successful careers protecting and advocating for conservation in this region, and some have returned to the ship with increased experience to lecture for Heritage Expeditions on their field of expertise.

“This Birding Down Under expedition marked the start of the 2016/17 southern season voyages, we will soon also welcome Enderby Trust Scholarship recipients on the ‘Forgotten Islands of the South Pacific’ and Antarctic voyages.”

The scholarship has a fascinating background. Starting in 1830, the London-based Enderby & Co outfitted vessels for commercial voyages of discovery, captains were expected to go above and beyond their normal duties in the services of discover & exploration.

A stalwart of Enderby & Co, Charles Enderby, was a founding member of the Royal Geographical Society and in 1841 he was admitted to the Royal Society of London for his “promotion of geographical discovery in the Antarctic regions”.

To enquire and register interest in future scholarships please contact

Edited by Peter Needham

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