International Applicant Call for 18 to 28 Year Olds For Human Powered Global Expedition

VANCOUVER, Feb. 23 /PRNewswire/ — Expedition leader and Founder of the Pole to Pole Leadership Institute, Martyn Williams, announces the call for applicants for an international team of 18 to 28 year olds for Pole to Pole 2006 – a human-powered expedition from the South Pole to the North Pole traveling through Africa and Europe. This epic journey has never before been attempted along this route or under human power.

The goal of the Pole to Pole Leadership Institute’s upcoming 2006 Expedition is to bring attention to what young people are capable of accomplishing, and to inspire others worldwide to take on environmental, social and economic challenges in their communities and around the globe.

Williams states, “Throughout history great journeys have inspired whole societies and moved them to action. Epic journeys demonstrate the power of the human spirit to explore the unknown, face extreme obstacles, do the impossible, create change, and in doing so open new frontiers for others to follow.”

Three different categories of international teams totaling 144 people minimum will be selected from applicants. Expedition Teams will make the Pole to Pole journey on foot, skis, bicycles, under sail, and in kayaks; Advance Teams will work with established charitable groups on social, environmental and sustainable economic projects; and Educational Teams will teach leadership and community involvement skills to world youth. The teams will be trained in British Columbia, Canada, and will all launch in November 2006 when the first Expedition Team of 12 arrives in Antarctica. The second Expedition Team of 12 will take over the journey at Mount Kilimanjaro, Africa, in August of 2007. This 18 month expedition will be completed at the North Pole in the late spring of 2008.

Kevin Scott, President of the Institute, adds, “The Teams will inspire world youth and empower them to become leaders in their communities. With the tools and support provided by the Institute amazing things will be accomplished.”

In 2000 a Pole to Pole Expedition Team successfully completed a never before attempted journey from the North Pole to the South Pole through North and South America. The Institute is a registered non-profit society.

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