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    I’m sooo happy with the jobs I saw that are available. The biggest thing now for me is getting the job, but I also need to know some more answers to these questions:
    Do people in Antartica get a special deal on clothing? I have some hats and a coat, but nothing extreme!
    How much stuff can I bring down with me?
    Do famous people come down there and if so, do we get to spend time with them? 😛
    I just read that the sun is up all the time, so do people not sleep? 😎
    My dad is telling me that it is too dangerous to go down there and that people die from falling into the ice? I googled it and saw that there were some deaths, but it was mostly explorors from the old time…but is it safe? 😯
    If I came down and was working– and a friend came down as a tourist, can we still hang out together? 🙄

    I feel like I’m already there! Please please please Help me get down there!!! I can not sleep thinking about this! The Resume is getting worked on as we speak. I LOVE IT!
    Thanks for any more information you can give me, I’m so glad I found this forum.
    Look so forward to meerting all of you down there.
    XOXO
    NB

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    eiryie2
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    Penguin,

    The USAP Participant Guide can help you with a lot of these questions. You can get a copy here: http://www.usap.gov/USAPgov/travelAndDeployment/documents/ParticipantGuide_2008_2010.pdf

    Cheers,
    Eiryietoo

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    thepooles98
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    Do people in Antartica get a special deal on clothing? I have some hats and a coat, but nothing extreme!

    The program provides your ECW or Extreme Cold weather clothing. You can get by with that. You will however look like 600 other people. You might like to have your own jacket for other times. There is no discount for anything you buy.

    How much stuff can I bring down with me?–You can bring down 70 pounds with you. This includes the weight of your luggage and your issued clothing. Many people will mail down extra items. The mail can be delayed though. If you start in October, it’s not uncommon for the mail to arrive at the end of November. The reason is that science projects get priority on airflights over the mail.

    Do famous people come down there and if so, do we get to spend time with them? We get a few. Mostly congressmen ect. Prince Albert of Monocco came down this year and gave a talk to the station. These DVs get special treatment and you will not generally interact much with them. We have some of the worlds pre eminent scientists as well, but they are not generally known to the public. If you attend the science lectures, it is likely you will meet them. After a few years seniority, you may have them as a summer roommate as well.

    I just read that the sun is up all the time, so do people not sleep? –I block all the light from my window. Some just learn to sleep in the light.

    My dad is telling me that it is too dangerous to go down there and that people die from falling into the ice? I googled it and saw that there were some deaths, but it was mostly explorors from the old time…but is it safe? —Pretty safe–IF you follow the rules and adhere to the safety standards, it’s not likely you will have a problem. Most are healthy, but medical emergencies can sometimes happen. You can be a couple of days getting to New Zealand if a bad storm keeps planes from landing. All in all, I wouldn’t worry too much about it. Just concentrate on being safe while down there.

    If I came down and was working– and a friend came down as a tourist, can we still hang out together? Only for a short time. the only tourists come in on cruise ships and they are generally escorted in group tours. You can volunteer to be a tour guide, but you may or may not get to see your friend.

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