Nº38 President Raúl Ricardo Alfonsín school

Going to school in Antarctica may not be easy, but it is not impossible in the Argentinean Esperanza Station. School Nº 38 President Raúl Ricardo Alfonsin (formerly called Julio Argentino Roca) is one of the only two schools in the whole continent and the southernmost one in the world.

Argentinawas the first country to have a school in Antarctica. It opened the doors in 1978 with the arrival of the first families to ever spend a whole year in the continent. Since then, hundreds of children were able to continue their studies from the coldest end of the planet.

Back then, there was distance education with help of the parents. As time went by, the teaching systems changes until, in 1997, the educational center started to depend fromTierra del Fuego, Antártida e Islas del Atlántico Sur province.

Since then, a family of teachers and their sons travels every year to Antarctica  to work in this cold school. Over the year, they will be in charge of the education of all the children in the station.


During the 2007 winter, a failure in the heating systems caused a fire that completely destroyed the school’s building. It was rebuilt in the following years and it opened the doors again in 2009.