Few years ago Mike Horn decided that he would dedicate his life to exploring the natural world and then share his knowledge with young people, but to do this, he first of all needed the experience.

The Pangaea Expedition has been a four year expedition (Pan Global Adventure for Environmental Action). This initiative by Mike Horn, was to take international groups of Young Explorers to amazing places around the world. Mikes Horn’s mission or motto EXPLORE – LEARN -ACT is to highlight the beauty of the world to today’s youth, creating awareness as of he fragility of the planet and its environment and finding ways to protect it for the future generations.

Mike began this journey by setting challenges for himself – swimming the rivers, sailing the oceans, surviving alone in different environments and in extreme weather conditions, confronting all elements of nature and continually pushing himself to his physical and mental limits. Today having accomplished his personal exploration goals, Mike feels its is his duty to share his immense experience and passion for nature. Not to become a name in the history books, but to create awareness and educate today’s youth; so that future generations can be motivated, educated, and inspired to actively find solutions to help the environment and the world in which we live.

The Aim of the Young Explorers Program was:

  1. To give young adults the chance to experience nature and discover its beauty
  2. Creating a respect for the planet and its resources
  3. Engaging in global clean-up projects
  4. Creating environmental projects alongside qualified specialists
  5. To pass on an important environmental message to their peers and others around them
  6. To create a forum where young adults can provide solutions that will be heard

With the help of caring supporters, Mike has been able to build a boat, Pangaea,which has been used as a platform from which young adults aged 13-20 from every continent, has been invited to join Mike on various sections of his journey.

Pangaea is a 35-metre sailing vessel that sleeps 30 people and has been specifically designed and adapted to integrate the latest sustainable technologies. The boat will be used for environmental, educational and research projects at its ports of call around the world. The boat was built in an environmentally friendly way and integrates tools to produce energy with the lowest possible level of emissions and pollution.

Youth and environmental projects has been established in the countries that Pangaea visited :

  • Water Projects– cleansing of the oceans by removing debris, filtering water, cleaning of coastlines and purifying water sources
  • Biodiversity Projects – the creation of conditions for the restoration of coral reefs and forests, studying, understanding and appreciating flora, fauna and animals threatened with extinction.
  • Social Community Projects – aiding with water transportation into villages, improving sanitary and hygiene conditions, distribution of medication and malaria nets.

The Participant application and selection process has been hold first on the Mike Horn’s website (www.mikehorn.com), applicants from all over the world had to fill out detailed questionnaires and send in a video addressing how they want to motivate the people around them to do something positive for the environment. Following a preliminary selection, suitable applicants are invited to a ten-day “Selection Camp. Those chosen to become candidates for the selection phase had to come together in Chateau-d’Oex, Switzerland, where the Mike Horn Expedition Centre was based. At the Selection Camps, the young adults were accompanied at all times with qualified professionals in the field of outdoor recreation and team-building activities. The candidates were engaged in various activities such as survival and first aid, sailing, photography and filming, and will also learn about outdoor equipment and the latest advancements in technology. The camp was completed with a two-day trek in the Swiss Alps. During these 10 days each one of participants has been evaluated based on their performance in terms of the following criteria:

  • Physical and Mental fitness
  • Teamwork
  • Leadership
  • Communication skills
  • Motivation
  • Confidence
  • Self Discipline
  • Diligence
  • Optimism
  • Enthusiasm
  • Initiative

The final candidates who were chosen had to join Mike Hornon expeditions, which gave them the tools to further spread the lessons of Pangaea. After completing the expedition, the young explorers had to complete an expedition debrief detailing their experiences and lessons learned.

On board the PANGAEA, the Young Explorers reported on their daily activities and results of the expedition via live Internet from a state-of-the-art communication center. As environmental ambassadors, they shared their experiences with people from their home countries, inspiring them to get active themselves. Also, after their return, they motivated other young people in their personal environments to live and act with more respect for our planet and in support of environmental protection.

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PANGAEA Young Explorers Program Expedition #1 - ANTARCTICA

18th October to 25th October 2008

Mission: To experience the Antarctica Peninsula focusing on water/snow analysis to gain more knowledge on the region’s climate change.

Explore: Discover the natural beauty of the Antarctica Peninsula by boat.

Learn: About water salinity, ice and the conservation of the Poles.

Act: To log water temperatures and water salinity, and conduct snow layer measurements to for use in a worldwide database.

Activities: Sailing, measurement taking, data logging, snow-hiking, hot-spring bathing, outdoor camping, penguin-spotting.

PANGAEA Young Explorers Program Expedition #2 - NEW ZEALAND

15th May to 1st June 2009

Explore: The nature of the Fiordland, the fauna and flora of the South Island and the local traditions and cultures by meeting with Maoris in Invercargill and visiting a Marae.

Learn: By taking part in traditional greetings in a local Marae, meeting with Maoris and scientists regarding their land’s history, understanding dolphin sounds and respecting these precious mammals, taught from a marine biologist and sharing all findings with the Department of Conservation of New Zealand.

Act: By replacing existing predator traps with long lasting stainless steel traps, acting in conjunction with the Department of Conservation of New Zealand in order to restore the biodiversity; establish a sanctuary on Te Puka-Heraka (Coal Island) for rare and endangered native species.

PANGAEA Young Explorers Program Expedition #3 – MALAYSIA

25th October to 10th November 2009

Mission: To understand and conduct local projects on environmental sustainability.

Explore: Caves, coastline and coral reefs of Borneo, Malaysia.

Learn: Recording data of the coral reefs and marine life (download reef checks reports), reconstruction of reefs, looking at local orang-utan populations and turtle sanctuary.

Act: Acting in Sepolik Orang-utan Sancturay and Lakayan Island Turtle Sanctuary as well as numerous beach and island clean-ups.

Activities: Environmental tutorials and exploring inland, as well as writing blogs, shooting videos, taking photo’s to share with peer.

PANGAEA Young Explorers Program Expedition #4 - INDIA

17th January to 2nd February 2010

Mission: To gather more knowledge about our planet’s water and water pollution.

Explore: The Mangrove Forest amidst indigenous wildlife.

Learn: About the fauna and flora, logging problems, the Indian culture and water management.

Act: To improve the way of life for locals through community services, sanitation awareness and water-use.

Activities: Sailing the Adaman Islands, excursions into the Manfrove Forest, visit to Sunderban Tiger Sanctuary

PANGAEA Young Explorers Program Expedition #5 - HIMALAYAS

1st June to 26th June 2010

Mission: To experience and operate at high altitude, learn about mountains and human performance/endurance levels.

Explore: Discover the beauty of the mountains and Himalayan region.

Learn: About human performances, monitoring methods and endurance at high altitude.

Act: To take measurements and conduct possible clean-up projects in/around base camps.

Activities: These will include attempting to reach the summit of a 6000 metre peak and monitoring the metabolism using equipment provided and installed by the Mayo Clinic.

PANGAEA Young Explorers Program Expedition #6 - MONGOLIA, GOBI DESERT

22nd of August to 7th September 2010

Mission: To discover the beauty of the desert, develop a comprehension of the people and the complex ecosystem of the desert.

Explore: Discover the region of the Yollin Valley and the Flaming Cliff.

Learn: About climate adaptation, human resources, desertification and survival in the desert regions.

Act: Clean-up projects and soil studies.

Activities: New modes of exploration such as horse riding and camels – living one to one with Nature.

PANGAEA Young Explorers Program Expedition #7 - KAMCHATKA

28th of November to 14th December 2010

Mission: To discover the beauty of nature where it has been kept wild & left untouched: picturesque forests, bears, pure lakes and rivers.

Explore: Discovering the region of the Yelizovsky District.

Learn: About climate adaptation, healing minerals, bursting geysers, boiling mud cauldrons, volcanoes and sparking glaciers.

Act: To act and research on its wild life & biodiversity by encouraging to observe and protect this natural environment.

PANGAEA Young Explorers Program Expedition #8 - MAGNETIC NORTH POLE

27th of April to 18th May 2011

The Northern Territories of the North Pole Nunavut Region. Starting at Resolute Bay, Canada.
Learning about water salinity, ice and the conservation of the pole and climate adaptation.

PANGAEA Young Explorers Program Expedition #9 - NUNAVUT, CANADA

14th August – 5th September 2011

Discovering the Northern Territories of the Nunavut Region, Bylot Island, Admiralty Inlet, Sam Fjord and the Clyde River.

Beluga whale observation and
Acting and researching with Dr. Roswitha from the university of Munich. Co2 admission from soil samples and permafrost measurements.

11. PANGAEA Young Explorers Program Expedition #10- FLORIDA EVERGLADES, USA

13th November – 4th December 2011

Exploring the Everglades & the coral reefs of the Florida Keys.
Learning about Geographical conditions of the Gulf of Mexico.
Measuring ocean salinity in the Gulf waters and Barrier island.

PANGAEA Young Explorers Program Expedition #11 - AMAZON RAINFOREST

March 4 – 25th 2012

Traveling to a biological reserve in the heart of the Amazon, take part in agro foresry and forest management activities, tree planting, visit a turtle protection program, and present the young explorers water project to local communities and schools throughout the reserve.

PANGAEA Special Mission Expedition - SOUTH POLE

11th January to 18th January 2009

Explore: The South Pole.

Learn: About the South Pole environment and the challenges faced when battling the elements and about human endurance levels

Act: By overcoming the elements and successfully trekking to the South Pole.

Activities: Snow hiking, skiing, camping