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