Dominica site facilities
The following page is designed to give you an insight into the types of environment you will working in whilst you are with Operation Wallacea.
Forest camp sites
There are two camp sites in Dominica where the forest surveys will be conducted from throughout the season. Which camp-site you visit will depend on when you are going to be on-site. One camp is based near an area of the island called Ponte Casse and the other is near a village called Rosalie.
Both camps are set back from the road and surrounded by forest, enabling participants to walk from the campsites out into the forest to access the survey locations. Accommodation will be either in tents or basic shared dormitories, and there are shared bathroom facilities as well as a classroom and a dining area. Food is prepared by a local team and is basic but good quality. There are limited charging facilities available with a mixture of British and American power outlets. However, voltage runs at 240V (like the UK system), so if you are bringing electrical equipment that normally runs at 110V you should check that it is also safe to run it off a 24oV outlet. If not, you will need to charge using one of the limited number of step down transforms on site to avoid damaging your equipment.
The Ponte Casse and Rosalie camp sites are situated next to rivers which provide a scenic location to relax after a hard day surveying!
The marine section of the expedition will be run from a restored British Fort near to the town of Portsmouth, in the Cabrits National Park. This is located further up the West Coast towards the north of Dominica. The Fort is situated on the shoreline and so diving and snorkeling can be run directly from the camp. Volunteers will be staying in single sex dormitory style accommodation with up to 16 per room in bunk beds. The way the fort has been restored means that the dormitories are cool and breezy. There is running water for showers and toilets in the shared bathrooms and food will be prepared at a small cafe at the foot of the Fort by the sea. There are also lecture facilities in the Fort as well as wide grassy areas for relaxation should volunteers get any spare time. There are a number of fascinating information plaques around the Fort describing the building’s history and the process of it’s restoration. As with the Archbold Centre there are several power outlets in the dormitory rooms, using a mixture of British and American sockets.
Dominica will be hot during the June/July/August period, with temperatures in the day usually between 25 and 35 degrees centigrade, and only dropping to around 20 at night. However it can rain frequently and with force, so just because the sun is beating down one instant does not mean that it might not be raining heavily in a minute’s time. Mosquitoes and biting insects can be a problem in the evenings and early mornings, particularly in the Fort, so volunteers should wear long sleeves at these times of the day. The terrain throughout Dominica is very steep, so participants should be ready to trek up some steep slopes and in potentially muddy conditions (walking boots are essential).