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Ana Payo Antarctica



Ana Payo Payo participated as a student in Homeward Bound 2017. Two years later, she has been invited to join the expedition as part of the teaching staff.


FOOT: Ana Payo Payo in Antarctica during her participation in the Homeward Bound expedition in 2017. @anapayopayo

Homeward Bound is a pioneering and innovative international initiative that integrates gender equality, climate change and leadership in the scientific, political and social fields. The program annually brings together 100 scientists from around the world who receive personal and specialized training in leadership techniques, team management, international relations, project development and financing and collective intelligence for one year. The gold brooch of the program is a three-week Antarctic expedition. The project is creating an international network of women working towards the visibility of the figure of women in STEM disciplines and the fight against climate change. Homeward Bound Project is backed by great personalities such as Christiana Figueres (Former Executive Secretary of the United Nations Climate Change Convention) who joined the expedition in December 2018.

Ana Payo Payo participated for the first time as a student at Homeward Bound in 2017. After her experience as a student in the 2018 Expedition, the founder and leader of the Homeward Bound program, Fabian Datner, contacted Ana to invite her to participate as part of the team faculty. Thus becoming the youngest component of the teaching staff.

“Getting to enter the program and financing my participation as a student was very hard” - although now all of that proves a great success with the invitation to participate as part of the management team - “Being able to participate again and this time from the other side is a great opportunity. I'm very happy. However, all this would not have been possible if it were not thanks to the support of Mallorcan businessmen such as: Inturotel Hotels & Resorts, Cinètica, Bestard, Melicoto, Pelopantón, Webstyle Mallorca and Cristina Benaescoechea. In addition to the support of more than 500 patrons through a crowdfunding with the Indigogo platform. ”

Next November, Ana will return to Antarctica in charge of logistics and communication tasks. Together with her, five other Spanish women, including the Mallorcan Marga Gual, will participate as students in this edition.

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Cala Mondragó Mediterranean paradise
Cala Mondragó Mediterranean paradise
Cala Mondragó, or also often called sa Font d’en Alis, is a beautiful beach of fine white sand located in an environment of great ecological value, within the natural park of Mondragó, near Santanyi south of the island.   Cala Mondragó is framed in a wild place, surrounded by pine forests, with a fine white sand and incredibly clear and turquoise waterswe find the unspoiled Playa S’Amarador, which is also part of the Área Natural de Especial Interés. This beach is easily accessibleand has good services, several bars, rental of umbrellas and hammocks, showers, picnic areas, and a playground in the shade. For all that, Cala Mondragó has been awarded the Blue Flag of the European Union. Its waters are shallow making it an ideal place to go with your family.     Next to Cala Mondragó, we find Humedal de Ses Font de n’Alis, and it is there we find the path along the sea that leads directly to Playa de S’Amarador, an almost pristine beach without buildings, and less crowded than its neighbor, but with incredibly clear waters and well secure environment that will leave us speechless. This beach is the starting point of several routes along the coast where you can enjoy several viewpoints. Some tours are offered that will take 30 or 40 minutes through paths bordering this fantastic rugged coastline where we can appreciate the beauty of the Mediterranean.     How to get to Cala Mondragó ? Take the Palma-Portopetro highway to S’Alqueria Blanca. Follow the signs to Parque Natural de Mondragó. If you do not have your own car, you can reach the beach in the tourist train from Cala d’Or.  
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