Frequently Asked Questions

BEYOND ANTARCTICA

Will the 2025 voyage to Antarctica definitely go ahead, and have the participants been selected?

The Board remains dedicated to honouring its commitment to our HB7 and HB8 cohorts to deliver the final voyage to Antarctica in January 2025In addition, subject to places being available, we will open expressions of interest to HB5 and HB6 participants who were unable to voyage to Antarctica in November 2023Voyaging participants can be assured of an immersive and unparalleled leadership program. We will release further information soon. 

What about the environmental impact of the voyage in 2025?

As Homeward Bound has already made a commitment to travel to Antarctica in 2025, we will actively work to minimise our environmental impact which includes reducing the number of days at sea from the original 19 to 15. Our expeditions will continue to offset our collective carbon footprint, this aligns with our efforts to preserve these environments.

What will happen to future cohorts, what destination will replace Antarctica?

Future cohorts of women leaders will be given the opportunity to actively participate in Homeward Bound’s global face-to-face immersive component. Over the coming months we will be engaging with our faculty and alumnae to create a working group to actively explore future events together. Feedback from our HB community is invaluable in shaping our decisions and ensuring that the chosen destinations align with the collective needs and expectations of the group.

When will HB9 applicants be advised of this decision that they are not going to Antarctica?

Applications for HB9 will open soon and information regarding this decision will be advised at that time.  HB9 applicants will be informed of the next global face-to-face immersive component once the program has been confirmed.

Have you received any input to-date on preferences to geographic location?

We conducted a survey in June 2022 from HB5, HB6 and HB7 cohorts to gather information about destination options. Respondents commented that affordability, remoteness, accessibility, environmental significance, vulnerability to climate change, and sustainability were key considerations for selecting future destinations.