Young Explorers Program

Thank you for your interest in The Explorers Club – Adventure Canada Young Explorers Program.

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The purpose of the Young Explorers Program is to encourage and facilitate the spirit of exploration through the pursuit of science, art, and conservation. The program aims to encourage personal growth for young people who will benefit from direct experience, academic study, cultural exchange and connecting with the Explorers Club and Adventure Canada communities. The Young Explorers Program Alumni will lead the next generation to thoughtful policy, action, and communication.

This program is open to those directly affiliated with or recommended by members of The Explorers Club.


In 2016, twelve young people from Europe, Canada, the United States took part in the first Young Explorers Program. In 2017, eleven youth joined Adventure Canada’s expeditions; while aboard, these “young explorers” undertook inaugural pilot projects that investigated and illuminated the various aspects integral to expedition travel. To date, thirty-one participants have taken part in the program.

Young explorers

The Young Explorers’ projects ranged from filmmaking, community emergency response, to climate change, experiential guest surveys, and art. The Young Explorers made ample use of the extraordinary Adventure Canada resource staff onboard, as well as passengers and community members. Post-program work has included public presentations, the compilation of a collected works, continuing studies and networking.

Involvement in the Young Explorers Program is a springboard to further work whether through educational pursuits or in their professional careers. Please see the website to see the projects previous members worked on. Building off the inaugural Young Explorers platform, the 2020 program will be available on the following expedition:

Heart of the Arctic, July 19 – 31, 2020

Visit three distinct Arctic regions on this voyage aboard the Ocean Endeavour.

Meet the artists in South Baffin Island’s Inuit famous art-making communities and explore Nunavik, the Arctic coast of Quebec. Cross the Davis Strait in the wake of the explorers. Explore the deep fjords and vibrant communities of Greenland.

Board a Zodiac to seek whales, birds, bears, and caribou. Journey with scientists, historians, Inuit artists, and culturalists to the heart of the Arctic!

If you are between the ages of 19 and 30, and interested in applying for this exciting opportunity, please complete and submit. Applications are due by February 29, 2020. The first round of applicants will be chosen for an interview with the Adventure Canada selection committee. Final applicants will be notified by March 15, 2020, and will be announced during the 116th Explorers Club Annual Dinner in New York City.

The parameters of the project are flexible, and can include a one-time small-scale project or an exploratory stepping stone for a larger project. Both independent-interest projects and academic research proposals are accepted. Proposals must consider our intended itinerary and the awareness that we only stop in a specific location for a few hours before sailing to our next destination. Flexibility and understanding that we are on an expedition where weather and wildlife ultimately dictate our daily itinerary should be taken into consideration when developing your proposal.

Project Requirements

The United Nations Sustainable Development Goals (SDG) for 2030 address global challenges including climate action, environmental degradation, poverty, inequality, and peace, and justice. Adventure Canada supports the development goals and looks to incorporate them into each area of our business. If your project supports the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals please indicate this in your application. This is not a requirement of the project, however, it will be a bonus.

Note: On the SDG website click on the appropriate SDG. Once on an SDG details page, you’ll see a list of blue headings. The last blue heading has the title TARGETS & INDICIATORS.

United Nations Sustainable Development Goals supported through the Adventure Canada Young Explorers Program

Young explorers SDG map

Expedition Details

Heart of the Arctic
July 19–31, 2020

Vessel: Ocean Endeavour
Cabin Type:
Category 3 – shared accommodation

Start: Ottawa, Ontario, Canada
Toronto, Ontario, Canada

Charter Flights: Included
Commercial Flights:
Responsibility of the Young Explorer

Pre & Post Trip Hotels: Responsibility of the Young Explorer
Evacuation Insurance:
Responsibility of the Young Explorer
Onboard Expenses:
Responsibility of the Young Explorer

Heart of the Arctic

Proposed Itinerary

  • Day 1: Iqaluit
  • Day 2: Frobisher Bay
  • Day 3: Kimmirut (Lake Harbour)
  • Day 4: Kinngait (Cape Dorset)
  • Day 5: Hudson Strait
  • Day 6–7: Ungava Peninsula, QC
  • Day 8–9: Ungava Bay
  • Day 10: At Sea – Davis Strait
  • Day 11: Nuuk, GL
  • Day 12: Kangerlussuatsiaq Fjord
  • Day 13: Kangerlussuaq, GL
Heart of the Arctic 2020 map

If selected for the expedition:

General Expectations

  • You will be an ambassador for both Adventure Canada and The Explorers Club, and will conduct yourself accordingly.
  • You will receive detailed information about the trip from Adventure Canada, and should have a working knowledge of the itinerary
  • You must be available for a pre-voyage, onboard, and post-voyage interview, as well as any press appearances as necessary
  • You must be available to attend (in person or via Skype) a pre- and post-voyage Adventure Canada Young Explorers Program gathering

Pre-Trip Deliverables

  • You must provide a biography and photo prior to the voyage by an agreed-upon date
  • If you plan to conduct field research, you may require a license, permit, or other authorization(s) from the country which must be applied for immediately upon acceptance.
  • You will be required to sign a release and hold harmless naming The Explorers Club and Adventure Canada
  • You must read and sign the Code of Conduct before coming on board

Onboard Deliverables

  • You must deliver your proposed work to guests and staff in a short presentation. This will be a joint presentation with all Young Explorers. Additional presentations may be possible depending on the subject matter
  • You must provide a PowerPoint with three slides of your findings and a review of your experience
  • You must be available for interview by Adventure Canada staff, Explorer’s Club staff, and the media
  • You may be required to submit supporting documents such as:
    * Published scale/survey
    * Researcher-generated survey
    * Focus group probing questions
    * Interview questions
    * Consent form and letter of information
    * Timeline of activity for each day of the trip
    * Correspondence with community and local stakeholders
    * Finalize the scope and timeline of delivery of your project

Post-Trip Deliverables

  • You must turn in your final project in the form (film, publication, book, powerpoint study etc) and timeline mutually agreed upon and signed off on by you, your staff mentor, and the ACYE liaison
  • You must provide a written summary of your project no later than one month after your voyage. Findings will be published by both Adventure Canada and The Explorer’s Club on the website
  • You must communicate your schedule of speaking engagements and published works to Adventure Canada and The Explorers Club in advance
  • You must credit Adventure Canada and The Explorers Club on any published material (including online, print, or otherwise) resulting from this experience

Note: all of these deliverables and expectations must be met to be considered an alumni of the program and enjoy all accompanying privileges.

Register today!