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09 Jun 2024
NVP International Summer School 2024

Inspiring Girls ExpeditionsGirls on Ice Switzerland is a tuition free program for teenage girls 15-17 years old and is one of the expeditions offered by Inspiring Girls Expeditions. We run wilderness science expeditions different from typical technical mountaineering courses or science "summer camps" in that we truly integrate the wilderness challenge with the intellectual challenge. Inspiring Girls Expeditions are taught by teams of professional scientists, artists, and mountain guides.

Girls on Ice Switzerland is hosting an instructor workshop for future expedition leaders. We also want to inspire new partner programs to expand Inspiring Girls Expeditions to other languages, countries and regions, so we can offer this experience to more girls. Erin Pettit, the founder and director of Inspiring Girls Expeditions, will be in Switzerland to lead this workshop.

We are looking for female scientists who are interested in teaching existing Inspiring Girls Expeditions, or who are interested in taking leadership roles in developing new programs based on the successful Inspiring Girls philosophy. For example:
- Girls on Ice: in your language/country
- Girls on Rivers / in Rain Forest / on Volcanoes / in Snow / ... : linking kayaking, mountaineering, hiking, skiing with geomorphology, ecology, chemistry, physics, geology or snow science.

Also - if you are an artist or guide who is interested in teaming up with a scientist to develop a program, we can provide help with connecting potential leadership teams.

Please visit for more information on the workshop.

The workshop takes place in Switzerland from 11th to 14th of June, 2018. Workshop and accommodation costs are covered by Girls on Ice Switzerland. Travel costs to and from the course location are the responsibility of the participants. If the number of participants is larger than we expected, we might charge a small fee for accommodations.

If you are interested in participating please send your full application via this form until 30th of March, 2018. Let us know why you want to participate and how you could contribute to Inspiring Girls Expeditions. The application should contain your interest in Inspiring Girls Expeditions or new project ideas (Wilderness and Intellectual/Scientific context, Educational philosophy) and your experience in the field of teaching and wilderness.

We will review applications as they come in and we will stop accepting applications when all spots are filled.

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