Trips and Visits

Launch letter

2022 Operation Wallacea Expedition to Borneo

Dear Parents,

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 

Please note the following important points:

  • The expedition is non-selective and is not aimed primarily at biologists. It is open to all in the current Fourth, Fifth and L6 years.
  • Students 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 Ecuador.

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 reserve.

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 Wallacea.

Mr S G Hall
Expedition Leader

King Edward VI School
King Edward VI School
Wilton Road, Southampton, SO15 5UQ Tel: 023 8070 4561 Fax: 023 8070 5937