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. Guyana 1

 

Expedition length Price in UK £ Price in US $ Price in Can $
 2 weeks  1,225  1,900  2,150
 4 weeks  2,250  3,375  4,100
 6 weeks  2,997  4,500  5,400
 8 weeks  3,950  5,925  7,100

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.

Fundraising

Fundraising is a great way to make some money towards your expedition, as most of our students are not able to pay for their expedition independently. We therefore will provide fundraising support for our volunteers. With planning and assistance from Opwall’s fundraising team you should be able to raise a large portion of the funds needed to join, like many of our volunteers have done in the past. We will provide advice and support for many fundraising events and activities including:

  • Assistance with accessing hundreds of charities and applying for grant funding.
  • How to run sponsored activities.
  • Details of tried and tested fundraising events and how to make the most from them.

Be sure to check out our fundraising advice page for more details.

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.

Want to get involved or know more? Submit an Expression of Interest!

Honduras 1
 

Indonesia

The Indonesia research assistant expeditions have a variety of start and finish locations and dates, depending on which expedition you join. All expeditions start on the Tuesday and finish on the Monday (see expedition descriptions for the start and finish points of each option).  Forest dissertation students need to start on the 20 June whilst marine dissertation students need to start on either 20 June, 27 June or 4 July. 

In order to be in position for the start of these expeditions you will need to book international flights to arrive in Makassar (also known as Ujung Pandang on international flight schedules) on the Monday before your expedition starts and to depart from Makassar after 18:00hrs on the Monday your expedition ends.
 

Terrestrial Research
Assistant
Marine Research
Assistant
Bush Research
Assistant
Terrestrial Dissertation
Marine Dissertation
Bush Dissertation

 

Indonesia

2017
Start/Finish
Date

Week 1 Week 2 Week 3 Week 4 Week 5 Week 6 Week 7 Week 8
13 June

19 June
20 June

26 June
27 June

3 July
4 July

10 July
11 July

17 July
18 July

24 July
25 July

31 July
1 August

7 August
Expedition 1
Expedition 2
Expedition 3
Expedition 4
Expedition 5
Expedition 6
Expedition 7
Expedition 8
Expedition 9
Expedition 10
Expedition 11
Expedition 12
Expedition 13
Expedition 14
Expedition 15
Terrestrial
Dissertation
6 or 8
week
period
Marine
Dissertation
6 or 8
week
period
6
week
period
6
week
period

 

Honduras

The Honduran research assistant expeditions have a variety of start and finish locations and dates, depending on which expedition you join. All expeditions start on the Wednesday and finish on the Tuesday (see expedition descriptions for the start and finish points of each option). Forest dissertation students need to either start on 7,  14 June or 21 June, whilst marine dissertation students need to start on4either 14, 21 or 28 June.

In order to be in position for the start of your expedition you will need to book international flights to arrive in San Pedro Sula on the Tuesday before your expedition starts and to depart from San Pedro Sula after 16:00hrs on the Tuesday your expedition ends.

Honduras

2017
Start/Finish
Date

Week 1 Week 2 Week 3 Week 4 Week 5 Week 6 Week 7 Week 8 Week 9
7 June

13 June
14 June

20 June
21 June

27 June
28 June

4 July
5 July

11 July
12 July

18 July
19 July

25 July
26 July

1 August
2 August

8 August
Expedition 1
Expedition 2
Expedition 3
Expedition 4
Expedition 5
Expedition 6
Expedition 7
Expedition 8
Expedition 9
Expedition 10
Expedition 11
Expedition 12
Expedition 13
Expedition 14
Terrestrial
Dissertation
6 or 8
week
period
6
week
period
6
week
period
Marine
Dissertation
6 or 8
week
period
6
week
period
6
week
period

 

South Africa

The South Africa research assistant expeditions have a variety of start and finish locations and dates, depending on which expedition you join. All expeditions start on the Saturday and finish on the Friday (see expedition descriptions for the start and finish points of each option).  Dissertation students need to start on 24 June.  

In order to be in position for the start of your expedition you will need to book international flights to arrive in Johannesburg before 08:00hrs on the Friday before your expedition starts and to depart from Johannesburg after 20:00hrs on the Friday your expedition ends.

South Africa

2017
Start/Finish
Date

Week 1 Week 2 Week 3 Week 4 Week 5 Week 6 Week 7 Week 8 Week 9 Week 10
10 June

16 June
17 June

23 June
24 June

30 June
1 July

7 July
8 July

14 July
15 July

21 July
22 July

28 July
29 July

4 August
5 August

11 August
12 August

18 August
Expedition 1
Expedition 2
Expedition 3
Expedition 4
Expedition 5
Expedition 6
Bush
Dissertation
6
week
period

 

Peru

All expeditions start in Nauta on a Sunday afternoon and finish at Nauta on a Friday. Research assistants can start either on 11 June, 25 June or 9 July, whilst dissertation students need to start either on 11 or 25 June. Please see the project descriptions for more information on the expedition choices.

In order to be in position for the start of these expeditions you will need to book international flights to arrive in Iquitos on the Saturday before your expedition starts and to depart from Iquitos on the Saturday after your expedition ends.

Peru

2017
Start/Finish
Date

Week 1 Week 2 Week 3 Week 4 Week 5 Week 6 Week 7 Week 8
11 June

16 June
18 June

23 June
25 June

30 June
2 July

7 July
9 July

14 July
16 July

21 July
23 July

28 July
30 July

4 August
Expedition 1
Expedition 2
Expedition 3
Expedition 4
Terrestrial
Dissertation
6 or 8
week
period
6
week
period

 

Madagascar

All expeditions in Madagascar start on the Sunday and finish on a Friday. The specific dates and times as well as the start and finish points for each research assistant expedition are identified in the project descriptions. Dissertation students need to start on 18 June.

In order to be in position for the start of these expeditions you will need to book international flights to arrive in Antananarivo on the Friday before your expedition starts and to depart from Antananarivo on the Sunday (after 13:00hrs if you are leaving from the marine site) after your expedition ends.

Madagascar

2017
Start/Finish
Date

Week 1 Week 2 Week 3 Week 4 Week 5 Week 6 Week 7
18 June

23 June
25 June

30 June
2 July

7 July
9 July

14 July
16 July

21 July
23 July

28 July
30 July

4 August
Expedition 1
Expedition 2
Expedition 3
Terrestrial
Dissertation
6
week
period

 

Transylvania

The expeditions start on a Wednesday in your first village .  They finish on the Tuesday afternoon at your final village.

You should arrange flights into Cluj-Napoca International Airport to arrive before 18:00hrs on the Tuesday before  your expedition starts and to depart after 20:00hrs on the Tuesday after your expedition ends

Research assistants can start on 14 June, 12 July or 26 July whilst dissertation students start on 28 June.

Transylvania

2017
Start/Finish
Date

Week 1 Week 2 Week 3 Week 4 Week 5 Week 6 Week 7 Week 8
14 June

20 June
21 June

27 June
28 June

4 July
5 July

11 July
12 July

18 July
19 July

25 July
26 July

1 August
2 August

8 August
Expedition 1
Expedition 4
Expedition 5
Terrestrial
Dissertation
6
week
period

 

Mexico

The Mexico research assistant expeditions have a variety of start and finish locations and dates, depending on which expedition you join, whilst both forest and marine dissertation students will start either 12 or 26 June.  All expeditions start on a Monday. Expeditions finishing at the marine site finish on the Sunday while those finishing in the forest end on the Monday (see expedition description for start and finish points of each option).

Volunteers need to arrange international flights in to Cancun by 18:00hrs on the Sunday before their expedition starts and to organise flights leaving Cancun after 16:00hrs on the Sunday of the last day of their expedition if they are leaving from the marine site or 18:00hrs on the Monday if they are leaving from the forest site.

Mexico

2017
Start/Finish
Date

Week 1 Week 2 Week 3 Week 4 Week 5 Week 6 Week 7 Week 8
12 June

18 June
19 June

25 June
26 June

2 July
3 July

9 July
10 July

16 July
17 July

23 July
24 July

30 July
31 July

6 August
Expedition 1
Expedition 2
Expedition 3
Expedition 4
Terrestrial
Dissertation
6 or 8
week
period
6
week
period
Marine
Dissertation
6 or 8
week
period
6
week
period

 

Guyana

All expeditions start on a Tuesday and finish on a Monday in Iwokrama or Surama (see project descriptions for more information about expedition lengths and start and finish points). The Guyana research assistant expeditions start on 20 June or 18 July

In order to be in position for the start of these expeditions you will need to book international flights to arrive in Georgetown before 22:00hrs the Monday evening before your expedition starts and to depart from Georgetown on the Tuesday your expedition ends.

Guyana

2017
Start/Finish
Date

Week 1 Week 2 Week 3 Week 4 Week 5 Week 6
20 June

26 June
27 June

3 July
4 July

10 July
11 July

17 July
18 July

24 July
25 July

31 July
Expedition 1
Expedition 2

 

Cuba

The Cuba expeditions for research assistants will 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. 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 either start on 16 June or 4 August.

Cuba

2017
Start/Finish
Date

Week 1 Week 2 Week 3 Week 4 Week 5 Week 6 Week 7 Week 8 Week 9
16 June

22 June
23 June

29 June
30 June

6 July
7 July

13 July
14 July

20 July
21 July

27 July
28 July

3 August
4 August

10 August
11 August

17 August
Expedition 1
Expedition 2

 

Croatia

All expeditions start on a Thursday and finish on a Wednesday. The research assistants will be able to start on either 15 June or 20 July.

In order to be in position for the start of these expeditions you will need to book international flights to arrive at Split Airport before 15:00hrs the Thursday your expedition starts and to depart from Dubrovnik after 15:00hrs on the Wednesday after your expedition ends.

Croatia

2017
Start/Finish
Date

Week 1 Week 2 Week 3 Week 4 Week 5 Week 6 Week 7
15 June

21 June
22 June

28 June
29 June

5 July
6 July

12 July
13 July

19 July
20 July

26 July
27 July

2 August
Expedition 1
Expedition 2