YOUNG EXPLORERS PROGRAM
Young? (that’s between 15 and 20), adventurous, keen to explore and inspired to make a difference to our world as we know it?
Then Mike Horn’s Young Explorers Programme (YEP) is for you.
Of course, before we get into the nitty gritty, you obviously want to know who Mike Horn is? Well Mike is without doubt the most experienced extreme global explorer on the planet. He’s been there and done that – and more often than not, totally solo (check out the rest of this website for his ‘creds’).
After exploring most of our globe with a fine tooth-comb (besides outer space – that could come though), and surviving on next to nothing, Mike’s objective is to share all his many years’ (and tears) of experience - with our youth. Why – simple – because from what he’s seen, he believes only you guys can protect and save Mother Earth – you’re its future!
So now he’s identified areas all over the world where youngsters can focus on, and find solutions for the better – and then pass them on to all they meet and hang out with day-to-day.
To achieve this means inviting keen, able-bodied (and able-minded) youngsters to join him to learn about, act on, and explore our planet to make a difference for the sake of saving our planet. And all in a fun-filled and adventurous (yet disciplined) environment) - ‘cos remember the planet can be harsh and demands respect.
So when did YEP begin?
The YEP programme set sail at the end of 2008, where youngsters aged from 15-20, from every continent, were invited to join Mike on his initial stage of a momentous and world-changing four-year journey.
With specialists from various educational institutions and with the expertise of local guides, youngsters began learning about the flora and fauna, the cultures and traditions of the places they visited.
While discovering nature, youngsters began to understand and appreciate important environmental issues that affect the world today. And then began to act as ambassadors by sharing and communicating their experience with others – of every age, race and creed they were exposed to.
Let’s get into details
OK – time to be more specific. YEP has three main objectives for all participants. These are:
- YOU’LL EXPLORE – by participating in a mind-changing exploration with Mike Horn
- YOU’LL LEARN - with the help of local people and specialists everywhere
- YOU’LL ACT - by engaging in clean-up and environmental projects with PANGAEA (a PAN Global Adventure for Environmental Action)
And, as importantly you’ll share what you’ve learnt to inspire the communities in which you live to do the same!
Keen to join YEP?
Of course you are!
You’ll learn so much and get to meet so many exciting people your age who think and act the same way! And all in the arms of Mother Nature.
So here’s how it works. To join the Pangaea Expedition just complete your online application.
(check out the criteria though – it’s quite serious – safety and stuff, etc.)
Cool, but how does selection work?
YEP is open to all youngsters from around the world who will be selected from a diverse pool of applicants. The official language of the camp is English so it important that all participants can communicate in this language.
Those chosen to join the Selection Camp (judged on your application) will meet at Chateau-d’Oex, Switzerland, where the Mike Horn Expedition Centre is based.
At the Selection Camp, you’ll be among qualified professionals in the fields of outdoor recreation, team-building activities and tutorials. These include survival and first aid, sailing, photography and filming, outdoor equipment use and technology.
The camp will be completed with a two-day trek in the Swiss Pre Alps. The final candidates chosen to join Mike Horn will be selected three months prior to their departure on the Pangaea Project.