You’ll cover a lot of territory on this program and become fast friends with your fellow participants as you explore national parks, island villages, and urban cities. In both Australia and the Solomon Islands you’ll be assigned to local homestays. As this program takes you to various research sites, you’ll experience living in hotels, research compounds, and traditional leaf huts. At times, you’ll be living off-grid with no electricity.
- Shared bedroom
- Shared bathroom
- Off campus
- Meal plan (all meals)
Weeks 1-5 (approximately) - Homestay and Research Station
You’ll stay in dormitory-style accommodations at the Moreton Bay Research Station for the first week of the program. The research station is located on the bay side of North Stradbroke Island 30 minutes from the mainland and the University of Queensland campus in St. Lucia. After the first week, you’ll return to Brisbane where you’ll stay with a local family in a homestay.
Weeks 6-11 (approximately) - Rustic Compounds and a Hotel
On your research trip, you’ll stay in simple dorm-style accommodations and change locations often. In the rainforest near Lamington National Park, the showers and toilets are separate from the sleeping quarters. Next, you’ll travel to Honiara, the capital city of the Solomon Islands where you’ll stay in a compound with no air conditioning or fans. On Kolombangara island, you’ll stay in a mountain lodge with a spectacular view, and in Nusa Tuva you’ll sleep protected in mosquito nets surrounded by palm trees and the ocean. On Tetepare island, you’ll stay in traditional leaf houses (no electricity) with balconies overlooking the forest and outdoor bathrooms. In Munda and Gizo, two of the largest communities on the island of New Georgia, you’ll stay in a simple hotel and during the day you’ll spend time in the homes of local families.
Final week - Homestay in Brisbane
The last week of the program, you’ll return to your homestay family in Brisbane.
Local residents UC students
While in Brisbane, you’ll have as much as a 30-minute commute by bus. On your research trip, you’ll be walking, riding in boats, and sitting in open-air jeeps traveling on bumpy dirt roads through diverse natural environments. Your everyday commute time will vary but local staff and faculty will be traveling with you to each of the field sites.