Trips and Visits

Opwall 2022

Borneo

The proposed 2022 Opwall expedition will be to Borneo for two weeks, provisionally from 16 to 31 July 2022. It is open to all currently in 4th, 5th and L6 years. The cost is expected to be £3000 but this is an early estimate and the recent disruptions may have an effect on the final price.

You must be a member of the School at the beginning of the trip. 5th and 6th form leavers will be eligible.

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A deposit of £600 is required to secure a place, and this may not be refundable, should you choose to withdraw, depending on whether a replacement can be found. This will be followed by six payments of £400 on the schedule published here. Deposits should be paid by KESPay on this page.

Please read the booking conditions before making an application. In particular, please note that charges will be payable on withdrawal from the expedition unless a replacement is found.

Week 1 - Forest Week

The group will head to East Kalimantan to help with a lowland forest biodiversity inventory. The first week will be spent in Lesan Conservation Forest.

During this first week students will complete a course on Borneo wildlife ecology then assist with a variety of projects.

  • Visits to orangutan protection centre and forest habitat.
  • Primate surveys.
  • Bird and reptile surveys.
  • Meeting local people in Dayak village.

Week 2 - Marine Week

For the second week we will transfer to Derawan Island.

Students complete one of the following, depending on level of SCUBA qualification:

Non-diver: snorkelling activities on the reef.

Unqualified: PADI Open Water dive training course.

Referral qualified: completion of the training followed by the reef ecology course.

Qualified: Indo-Pacific reef ecology and survey techniques course, usually two dives per day.

This is one of the most diverse reef systems in the world, with sightings of manta rays, whale sharks and plenty of turtles.