You Can Get Paid To Become a Penguin Officer in Antarctica

published Feb 5, 2023
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If you’ve ever dreamed of interacting with penguins in the wild outside of your favorite nature documentaries, this could be your lucky day. In honor of its 20th anniversary, adventure travel company Antarctica21 wants to pay one lucky winner to explore the Land of the Penguins, free of charge. The prize even comes with a cool job title: “Chief Penguin Officer.”

“Twenty years ago, we introduced an innovative way of traveling to Antarctica,” Antarctica21 President Jaime Vasquez said in a statement. “To celebrate our anniversary this year, we are giving one lucky person a chance to win a trip to Antarctica and share in our passion for the continent.”

The trip (valued at $17,795) will kick off in Puntas Arenas, Chile, where the winner will board a direct flight straight to Antarctica. From there, the trip will include five nights aboard Antarctica21’s Ocean Nova expedition ship. The winner will learn from polar wildlife experts and embark on guided excursions to meet penguins in their natural habitats, on land and sea. The trip takes place from December 7 through December 14, 2023, so you’ll have plenty of time to pick out your best snowsuit. Another bonus? The prize includes two nights in Punta Arenas pre- and post-expedition, so you can explore two continents before heading back home.

To apply, simply head over to Antarctica21’s website and download the company’s Antarctic Penguin Study Guide to learn more about these feathery friends. Then all you need to do is answer three penguin-related questions correctly, and submit your entry form. The winner will then be selected from all entries featuring correct answers.

Applicants must be at least 18 years old. Entries will close on March 17, and the winner will be notified that same day. You can read more about the contest here.