Undergrad Research Assistants
Dates and Prices
The costs of the expeditions are the same for each country as listed below. These costs include all the food, accommodation, £1 million medical and evacuation insurance cover, participation in the survey programme, training courses such as jungle training and forest ecology, dive training to PADI Open Water, medical and safety cover and transfers around the projects from the start point to end point of each expedition.
|Expedition length||Price in UK £||Price in US $||Price in Can $|
Note you need to pay in the currency of your resident country if that is £ sterling, US$ or Can$. If it is none of these currencies then you need to pay in US$, with the exception of the Republic of Ireland and other European countries who can pay in £ sterling.
What is not included
The main additional cost is the cost of international travel and in-country transfers getting to and from the expedition sites. This varies depending on which country you are travelling from and which expedition you wish to join.
Once at the expedition site virtually everything is included in the expedition price except for:
- Any insurance cover needed beyond medical and evacuation cover provided by Opwall (see insurance section)
- Costs of additional elective training (e.g. canopy access course, dive training to higher levels than PADI Open Water)
- Dive equipment rental, PIC cards and PADI training books
- Local taxes and Park entry fees.
The money and travel information pages on the Opwall website for each country will detail any additional costs but these are not substantial in any of the countries.
The start point of the expeditions is Labundo on Thursday at 08.00hrs and if your last week on one of the forest projects then the finish point is in Labundo on Wednesday at 08.00hrs. If your projects start on the marine side then the start point is Hoga Island in the Wakatobi Marine National Park on Thursday at 12.00hrs and the finish point is Hoga Island on Wednesday at 08.00hrs.
You need to be in Makassar (known as Ujung Pandang on airline schedules) by the Tuesday before your expedition starts and can organise your international flights from Makassar back home from the Thursday after 16.00hrs after your expedition finishes.
Note you can only change between the Buton forests and Hoga Island after spending a minimum of 2 weeks at one of those sites. Thus if you are going to the forests you need to spend at least two weeks there before moving to the marine sites.
Important: Please note the following dates are different to what’s listed in the hard copies of the brochure. We’ve removed the 12th June to 18th June dates, so the week starting 19th June now becomes week one. We apologise for any confusion this causes.
|2014 Expedition Week||Start Date in Labundo or Hoga||Finish Date in Labundo or Hoga|
|1||Thursday 19 June 2014||Wednesday 25 June 2014|
|2||Thursday 26 June 2014||Wednesday 02 July 2014|
|3||Thursday 03 July 2014||Wednesday 09 July 2014|
|4||Thursday 10 July 2014||Wednesday 16 July 2014|
|5||Thursday 17 July 2014||Wednesday 23 July 2014|
|6||Thursday 24 July 2014||Wednesday 30 July 2014|
|7||Thursday 31 July 2014||Wednesday 06 August 2014|
|8||Thursday 07 August 2014||Wednesday 13 August 2014|
If your expedition starts in the forest, the official start point is Gran Hotel Sula, San Pedro Sula on a Wednesday at 07.00hrs. If your expedition finishes in the forest, the end point is Gran Hotel Sula, San Pedro Sula on a Tuesday at 12.00hrs.
If your expedition commences at the marine site, the official start point of your expedition is La Ceiba on Wednesday at 14.00hrs. If you are leaving the expedition from the marine site your expedition will end at La Ceiba on a Tuesday at 08.00hrs .
You will need to book your flight into San Pedro Sula on the Tuesday before your expedition starts and you can book your flight leaving San Pedro Sula anytime after 14.00hrs on the Tuesday at the end of the expedition.
Note you can only change between Cusuco and either of the marine sites after spending a minimum of 2 weeks in the forest. Thus if you are going to Cusuco you need to spend at least two weeks there before moving to one of the marine sites.
|2014 Expedition Week||Start Date||Finish Date|
|1||Wednesday 11 June 2014||Tuesday 17 June 2014|
|2||Wednesday 18 June 2014||Tuesday 24 June 2014|
|3||Wednesday 25 June 2014||Tuesday 01 July 2014|
|4||Wednesday 02 July 2014||Tuesday 08 July 2014|
|5||Wednesday 09 July 2014||Tuesday 15 July 2014|
|6||Wednesday 16 July 2014||Tuesday 22 July 2014|
|7||Wednesday 23 July 2014||Tuesday 29 July 2014|
|8||Wednesday 30 July 2014||Tuesday 05 August 2014|
|9||Wednesday 06 August 2014||Tuesday 12 August 2014|
The Research Assistant expeditions start on a Saturday at 08.00hrs at Thanda Reserve or in the Lowveld and finish on a Friday at 08.00hrs in the Lowveld for the terrestrial only programmes, or on a Friday at 08.00hrs at Sodwana Bay for the terrestrial/marine combination programmes.
Note Research Assistants must sign onto a specific expedition, some of which are solely based at a terrestrial site, whilst others have the final week based at our Indian Ocean marine site in Sodwana Bay.
If you are doing a dissertation in Welgevonden then the expedition starts on a Saturday at 08.00hrs and finishes on a Friday at 08.00hrs at the Welgevonden Reserve. If you are doing a dissertation in Pongola then the expedition starts on a Saturday at 08.00hrs and finishes on a Friday at 08.00hrs at the Pongola Reserve.
Volunteers will need to arrive in Johannesburg on the Thursday afternoon and stay overnight, or arrive before 08.30hrs on the Friday and are in plenty of time to join the in-country transfers leaving on the Friday morning to the start of the expeditions. Flights back from Johannesburg can be arranged from 20.00hrs on the Friday of the expedition finish date.
|2014 Research Assistant Expedition Number||Start date in Thanda Reserve or Lowveld site||Finish date in Sodwana Bay or Lowveld site|
|1||Saturday 14 June 2014||Friday 11 July 2014|
|2||Saturday 05 July 2014||Friday 01 August 2014|
|3||Saturday 26 July 2014||Friday 22 August 2014|
|4||Saturday 14 June 2014||Friday 11 July 2014|
|5||Saturday 12 July 2014||Friday 25 July 2014|
|6||Saturday 26 July 2014||Friday 08 August 2014|
|Dissertation Number||Start date in Welgevonden or Pongola||Finish date in Welgevonden or Pongola|
|1||Saturday 28 June 2014||Friday 08 August 2014|
All expeditions start at Iquitos airport on a Sunday at 12.00hrs and finish at Iquitos airport on a Friday at 20.00hrs.
Research Assistants can only start in weeks 1, 3, 5 or 7 whilst dissertation students, because of time constraints can only start in weeks 1 and 3.
You need to arrive in Iquitos on the Saturday before your expedition start date and book your return flights from the Saturday after your expedition.
|2014 Expedition Week||Start date in Iquitos||Finish date in Iquitos|
|1||Sunday 15 June 2014||Friday 20 June 2014|
|2||Sunday 22 June 2014||Friday 27 June 2014|
|3||Sunday 29 June 2014||Friday 04 July 2014|
|4||Sunday 06 July 2014||Friday 11 July 2014|
|5||Sunday 13 July 2014||Friday 18 July 2014|
|6||Sunday 20 July 2014||Friday 25 July 2014|
|7||Sunday 27 July 2014||Friday 01 August 2014|
|8||Sunday 03 August 2014||Friday 08 August 2014|
The Mahamavo projects in northern Madagascar start on a Sunday at 13.00hrs and finish on a Saturday at 08.00hrs at Mariarano village. The Nosy Be projects start on a Sunday at 12.00hrs and finish on a Saturday at 08.00hrs at Nosy Be airport.
Research Assistants can only join the expeditions in week 3 for Mahamavo sites and weeks 3, 5 or 7 for Nosy Be whilst dissertation students can only join in week 1.
Volunteers moving between the forest and the marine sites can only do so at the end of weeks 4 and 6. Note the costs for this transfer are not included in the expedition costs and these will be charged as part of the internal transfer package needed to get to the start and back from the finish of the expedition if you are including a marine element in your expedition.
Volunteers joining the forest project need to arrive in Antananarivo by the Friday before their project starts. Note Madagascar Air that has exclusive use of the internal Madagascar routes has a habit of switching schedules at the last minute so plenty of time is required to allow for the possibility of going overland if need be. If you are returning from Mahamavo at the end of your expedition then you should be able to schedule your international flights leaving from Antananarivo for the Monday morning.
For those starting their expedition in Nosy Be you should be able to book your flights all the way through to the island so you arrive on the Sunday morning or the Saturday evening before and leave from Nosy Be on the Saturday after 10.00hrs on the end date of your expedition.
|2014 Expedition Week||Start date in Mariarano or Nosy Be||Finish date in Mariarano or Nosy Be|
|1||Sunday 22 June 2014||Saturday 28 June 2014|
|2||Sunday 29 June 2014||Saturday 05 July 2014|
|3||Sunday 06 July 2014||Saturday 12 July 2014|
|4||Sunday 13 July 2014||Saturday 19 July 2014|
|5||Sunday 20 July 2014||Saturday 26 July 2014|
|6||Sunday 27 July 2014||Saturday 02 August 2014|
|7||Sunday 03 August 2014||Saturday 09 August 2014|
|8||Sunday 10 August 2014||Saturday 16 August 2014|
The expeditions start on a Tuesday at 15.00hrs at the Iwokrama Research Centre and finish on a Monday at 08.00hrs at Surama Village.
You need to arrive in Georgetown by the Monday evening before your expedition starts and to arrange homeward flights from Georgetown on the Tuesday after the expedition finishes.
|2014 Expedition Number||Start date in Iwokrama||Finish date in Surama|
|1||Tuesday 17 June 2014||Monday 14 July 2014|
|2||Tuesday 15 July 2014||Monday 11 August 2014|
The expeditions start on a Friday at 08.00hrs at the Colony Hotel, Isla de la Juventud, and finish on a Thursday at 08.00hrs at the same location for those finishing at the end of week 2 or at Batabano on the mainland of Cuba if you are finishing at the end of week 4.
You need to arrive in Havana on the Wednesday before your expedition starts and to arrange flights from Havana for Friday after their expedition ends.
Research assistants can only join in week 1 and can stay for 2 or 4 weeks.
|2014 Expedition Week||Start date on Isle of Youth||Finish date on Isle of Youth|
|1||Friday 25 July 2014||Thursday 31 July 2014|
|2||Friday 01 August 2014||Thursday 07 August 2014|
|3||Friday 08 August 2014||Thursday 14 August 2014|
|4||Friday 15 August 2014||Thursday 21 August 2014|
The expeditions start on a Wednesday at 16.00hrs at the Fundatia ADEPT offices in the village of Saschiz. They finish on the Tuesday afternoon in the same location.
You should arrange flights into and from Transylvania Airport (Tirgu Mures) to arrive no later than 13.30hrs on the Wednesday of your expedition start, and to leave on the day after your expedition ends.
Note research assistants can only join in weeks 5 (for a 4-week expedition), whilst dissertation students can only join in weeks 3.
|2014 Expedition Week||Start date in Sighisoara||Finish date in Sighisoara|
|1||Wednesday 18 June 2014||Tuesday 24 June 2014|
|2||Wednesday 25 June 2014||Tuesday 01 July 2014|
|3||Wednesday 02 July 2014||Tuesday 08 July 2014|
|4||Wednesday 09 July 2014||Tuesday 15 July 2014|
|5||Wednesday 16 July 2014||Tuesday 22 July 2014|
|6||Wednesday 23 July 2014||Tuesday 29 July 2014|
|7||Wednesday 30 July 2014||Tuesday 05 August 2014|
|8||Wednesday 06 August 2014||Tuesday 12 August 2014|
The expeditions start on a Monday at 13.00hrs at Calakmul Biosphere Reserve or Akumal in the Yucatan Peninsular of Mexico and finish on a Sunday at 12.00hrs if you finish at Akumal or Monday at 08.00hrs if your last week is in Calakmul.
Research Assistants can only join the expeditions in weeks 1, 3, 5 and 7 whilst dissertation students can only join in weeks 1 and 3.
Volunteers moving between the forest and the marine sites can only do so at the start of weeks 3, 5 and 7.
|2014 Expedition Week||Start date in Calakmul or Akumal||Finish date in Calakmul or Akumal|
|1||Monday 16 June 2014||Sunday 22 June 2014|
|2||Monday 23 June 2014||Sunday 29 June 2014|
|3||Monday 30 June 2014||Sunday 06 July 2014|
|4||Monday 07 July 2014||Sunday 13 July 2014|
|5||Monday 14 July 2014||Sunday 20 July 2014|
|6||Monday 21 July 2014||Sunday 27 July 2014|
|7||Monday 28 July 2014||Sunday 03 August 2014|
|8||Monday 04 August 2014||Sunday 10 August 2014|
|9||Monday 11 August 2014||Sunday 17 August 2014|