We've partnered with the #WeTwo Foundation to inspire the next generation of explorers
The next generation of explorers
The #WeTwo Foundation is working with charitable and expert partners to select a group of young people to visit Antarctica with them, on a specially chartered expedition in 2022. These young people have never in their wildest dreams believed that they could explore this distant exciting world, the White Continent. But Team #WeTwo is determined to make this a reality. In doing so they’re more than making dreams come true, they’re creating the next generation of ambassadors to care for our beautiful planet.
City to Sea
Before our team of young explorers set off on their Antarctic adventure, they will ‘pay it forward' by taking part in initiatives closer to home to improve their local area and explore the natural world on their doorstep, they will plant enough trees to ensure that their trip to Antarctica will be 100% carbon-negative.
The #WeTwo Foundation aims to ensure that the legacy of #WeTwo becomes #WeToo, by piloting change and the chance to help diversify what thus far has been dominated by one ‘type’ of person. Our aim is that we will empower everyone to realise that they can achieve their goals and realise their dreams while protecting the natural world around them.
In November 2022, Team #WeTwo will be headed from London to the dynamic city of Buenos Aires and then on to Ushuaia – aka the ‘End of the World’ – from where they will embark on their sea journey to Antarctica on hybrid-powered MS Fridtjof Nansen. In this world of sea ice, wind, waves and weather conditions are hard to predict. That’s why we adjust to the elements and modify our plans as we go, to give these young explorers the best possible experience for the conditions at the time.
Meet the #WeTwo Team
Dwayne Fields moved to North London from Jamaica, leaving the outdoors lead to depression and mixing with the wrong crowd… gangs. Fast forward to his early twenties, he was shot at - at point-blank range but it misfired and was the victim of a gang knife crime when he was stabbed in the chest and stomach. Dwayne decided that he wanted to do something that could inspire inner-city kids and that this is NOT the path to follow. Since then he has dedicated his life to helping young people by focussing on outdoor activities. In 2010, he became the first black Briton to walk to the Magnetic North Pole and was awarded the ‘Freedom of the City of London’ by the Lord Mayor.
Phoebe Smith grew up being told she shouldn't aspire to leave her home town and pursue a life of adventure. Not deterred, she saved for a life-changing trip to Australia and started her passion for wild camping. She's become a self-confessed extreme sleeping addict, leaving her bed to sleep wild - from Everest Base Camp to portaledging in trees in the Bavarian Alps and bedding down inside glaciers in Svalbard. In 2017 she spent Christmas raising money for Centrepoint, the young people's homeless charity, by Sleeping the 3 Peaks.
MS Fridtjof Nansen
MS Fridtjof Nansen is one of the latest addition to the Hurtigruten fleet and at the forefront of environmentally sustainable hybrid technology - aimimg to reduce fuel consumption and CO2 emissions by 20%. Showing the world that hybrid propulsion on large ships is possible. In 2021, she was named the safest and most sustainable cruise ship in the world by STERN. The ship will honor the heritage of her namesake – the Norwegian explorer, scientist, humanitarian and Nobel Peace Prize laureate Fridtjof Nansen. Known for his innovations in Arctic expeditions, Nansen led the first crossing of Greenland on cross-country skis. He is perhaps most famous for his attempt to reach the geographical North Pole during the Fram Expedition (1893-1896).