School expeditions need to be organised by teachers from the school who will accompany the group of students aged 16-18 in the field. There is one free place (does not include flights, internal travel, park fees, dive learning materials or dive hire) for a teacher for each group of 8 paying students or part thereof. Thus, if there is a group of 20 students interested, then there will be 2 free teacher places and an additional teacher could join for 50% of the costs.
Opwall can provide a fully inclusive package for the expedition including international travel, in-country travel and teacher flight costs enabling the entire expedition to be invoiced through the Opwall office. In Canada the expeditions are packaged through Victor Travel who offer a similar service, the free teacher places are included in the package.
The teachers’ role is to ensure the groups get to the start and end points of the expeditions safely. During the expedition Opwall staff are responsible for the activities and safety of the group; the teachers will join in with the research programmes and are responsible only for pastoral (personal welfare) issues relating to their group. Please note that school students cannot join the research expeditions unless they are part of a team led by a teacher.
Groups take between 10 and 20 months to organise their expedition from initial meeting to going into the field. As a teacher there are various stages to organising an expedition which are described below:
We have made starting an Opwall expedition as easy as possible. Teachers can launch an expedition in a few stages.
Download or request a copy of the Operation Wallacea Sixth Form/High School Programme. You then need to contact your regional office to set up an initial school visit. You can do this by expressing an interest or by contacting the relevant office. We can then arrange for one of our expedition advisors to come and see you at a time that is convenient for you to explain what Operation Wallacea is all about.
An initial meeting will be held with our expedition advisors to help you find out exactly what options are available, all cost and time implications, expedition places, benefits for students and select an expedition destination that matches your particular interests.
For the expedition launch we will arrange with you a date for an Opwall team member to come and present to any interested students, their parents and teachers about the proposed expedition. This will be a staff member from Opwall or a teacher from your area familiar with the expeditions and process involved. Promotional materials, assembly videos, powerpoint slides and invitation letters can all be provided. Additionally, a digital version of this presentation can be given. Following the evening presentation you will have a month to collect and pay your deposits to confirm the booking.
If the group wants to fundraise for part or all of the expedition costs, Opwall will arrange for a professional fundraiser to provide advice to the interested students either by a visit or skype meeting as soon as possible after the evening presentation. The purpose of the meeting is for the fundraiser to explain what activities, events and other fundraising ideas schools have used to raise their fundraising target and the likely income from each of these activities.