I am writing to introduce the proposed
expedition for 2022 as a conservation project on the island of Borneo. This is a unique opportunity to visit some exciting protected
biological sites and to work alongside leading scientists as they gather
data to support applications for funding needed for the conservation of primates, including orangutans, and also the coral reef.
Please see the School website for full details of the trip and to access the registration form. A link to a Zoom meeting to be held at 6pm on 28 April will also be on the web page
the following important points:
expedition is non-selective and is not aimed primarily at biologists. It
is open to all in the current Fourth, Fifth and L6 years.
must be members of King Edward VI School when they take part. Pupils leaving the Upper Sixth or 5th Year in July 2022 are
eligible for the trip.
For many years we have offered our pupils
the chance to join conservation projects around the world with Operation
Wallacea. Past expeditions have been very successful and have helped with
projects in Honduras, Mexico, Indonesia, Madagascar and most recently
We have provisionally booked places for the
summer holiday in 2022, starting in mid July and lasting for a little over two weeks, depending on travel arrangements. Precise dates will be confirmed when flight times are known. This
expedition will involve a week in the lowland forest of East Borneo and a week on Derawan Island. Much of the second week will
involve dive training for those wishing to become qualified, including
theory sessions and shallow water skills tests. A course for experienced
divers and snorkelers will introduce the ecology of the reef and the
survey techniques used to study the health of reef communities. There will be ample opportunities to explore the island and its culture,
and there are usually boat trips to look for dolphins and whale sharks.
We expect the cost of the trip to be around
£3000 with the exact cost being confirmed once the international flights
have been secured. This includes all travel, fees payable to enter
protected areas, accommodation, meals and hire of equipment in the marine
Although full PADI training is included in
the cost, the ‘crew pack’ of training materials is an additional cost for
those learning to dive (currently £125). We will offer an option to become
partially qualified before we leave, at extra cost but including the ‘crew
pack’, which is significantly cheaper than offered by local dive centres. This has proved popular in previous years as it means less study
when abroad and even more fun diving.
Operation Wallacea offers enthusiastic support
for the group to fund-raise but in the past the success of this has depended
very much on the commitment of those involved.
There are limited places on the expedition,
and these will be issued by draw if applicants exceed places. The initial
deposit is £600 with six subsequent payments of £400 leading up to the trip. The full
payment schedule can be found on the website along with booking
conditions. Please note that payments are refundable until payments to Operation Wallacea are binding and the trip is confirmed. We will inform you at this point and there are penalties for cancellation as listed in the
booking conditions after this time.
If you think that your son or daughter would
like to take part, please complete the registration
of interest form on the web site and either join the Zoom presentation on 28 April at 6pm or view the recording availavle soon afterwards.
If you have any questions or queries at this
early stage, please contact me by email or telephone. Much more information
is available on the School
website and on that of Operation
Mr S G Hall