If you were given a Defender 110 and over $40,000 to plan an overland expedition of your choice, where would you go?
It sounds like a dream come true, right? Well for one lucky UK citizen this dream will become a reality as part of the 2012 “Go Beyond” Bursary, run by the Royal Geographical Society. The “Go Beyond” Bursary (run on behalf of Land Rover) is a grant intended to provide its recipient the opportunity to “journey beyond their limits and boundaries” and expand their understanding of the world and its inhabitants.
Winning teams must document their experiences via digital/web based mediums, and the expedition MUST require the use of a Land Rover Defender 110 (poor souls). The journey itself can take place anywhere in the world, but it must begin and end in the UK. Teams will consist of anywhere between two and four members and the trip must take place between May and October 2012. Unsurprisingly, this is a UK-only initiative.
Recipients of the Go Beyond Bursary will be selected based on the merits of their journey proposal, as well their ability to demonstrate a desire to learn from the geography of the people, places and environments encountered on the journey. It is also important for applicants to convey a strong ability to document and record their experience in a way that it may be shared with others.
Those interested in applying have until February 3rd 2012! For more details visit the official webpage.
The Go Beyond Bursary has been in existence since 2008, and has logged over 100,000 kms in those four years. Included below is a list of previous expeditions (Credit: blog.landrover.com).
The very first recipients of the Bursary followed the line of 50° North driving across Europe through Asia and Canada, all in a Land Rover Defender 110.
2009: Atlantic Rising
Atlantic Rising’s journey traced what could be the new coastline of the ocean following sea level rise exploring the places, people and histories that would be lost to the rising waters if climate change continues. The team recorded interviews, made films and developed educational resources for schools that can be found on their website.
2010: Fault Line Living
Fault Line Living embarked on an arduous 12-week, 15,000 mile journey from Iceland to Italy, Greece, Turkey and Iran, in order to explore the realities of life for people living along fault lines.
2011: Glacier in a Greenhouse
The most recent Bursary recipients returned in late August 2011. The team of Durham University students studied remote glaciers in Central West Iceland.
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