Every year, at the end of the cruise to Antarctica, travelers are invited to leave any clothing they will no longer wear – either because they live in a hot climate or they do not want to carry the items back home. We explain all items will be donated to the local community of Ushuaia. Ushuaia (Argentina) is the southernmost city in the world and the gateway to Antarctica.

Once the season is over Daniel Catania (in the photo), who has been working with us for the last 8 years as Expedition staff on board the Antarctica ship, lives in Ushuaia and is very much involved with the local community. Daniel gathers all the clothing and leads the distribution of the donations.

This year he organized the donation of 109 parkas left behind from our travelers after their trip to Antarctica. He delivered them to different associations and people in need of a good coat to get through the winter, which at that latitude is very cold. The jackets were delivered to “Comedor Juntos Andorra”, an organization that provides free meals to people in need, “Asociación de constructores independientes Ushuaia” (independent constructing association of Ushuaia) and some local families in need.

Submitted by: Magdalena Zoroza, Executive Vice President, Overseas Adventure Travel,  Argentina, Chile & North America