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Conservation Trip to Cuba

Conservation Trip to Cuba

The Queen Elizabeth’s Grammar School and Operation Wallacea expedition to Cuba in late July 2017 will be the fifth school trip to this Caribbean destination.

The expeditions are open to all pupils in Years 9-13 with an interest in diving, wildlife, conservation and ecology.

The location of the expedition is the unspoilt Punta Frances Marine National Park, on the south side of the Isle of Youth. The University of Havana conducts an annual monitoring programme in this area and students will be working alongside academics gathering data to help with their research projects.

The first week is a training week, which ensures the students are ready to help with the surveys in the second week. During the first week, the students are split into three training groups:

  • Those that need to complete their PADI Open Water Dive Training
  • Those that have completed dive theory at home and just need to complete the open water dives before joining the reef ecology course
  • Those that are already dive trained and will complete the reef ecology course as well as diving on a daily basis

In the second week students will join the surveys which include: manatee monitoring, lion fish studies, reef health monitoring and shark tagging.

Finally, students have the opportunity to explore Havana and the surrounding area.