Sleeping and travel accommodations will be provided for all participants over the course of the workshop. Rooms will be shared, possibly open-air, and space restrictions may require rooms to be co-ed. Breakfast, lunch, and dinner will also be provided for all participants over the course of the workshop. Some meals will be community style-planned and cooked by the group. We will do our best to accommodate allergies and dietary restrictions, however, the local cuisine and the availability of ingredients may be limited.
The program will start at 9 in the morning on July 15th. We advise everyone to arrive the previous day. All participants are responsible for arranging their own transportation to the starting accommodations and workshop location. We can offer advice on international and local travel options, please contact us directly for information.
Throughout the workshop, Field Stations will arrange all workshop related local transportation. The program will end in the city of Medellín. All participants are responsible for arranging their own transportation at the end of the workshop.
You'll need a valid passport (with at least six more months of validity). While some nationalities will need a visa, nationals of many countries, including Western Europe, the Americas, Japan, Australia, New Zealand, and South Africa, do not need a visa. Some foreign nationals can expect a nominal fee.
All participants traveling from abroad are responsible for securing their own visa and are advised to contact their home embassy early to inquire about a visa.
While healthcare in Colombia is fairly affordable, we recommend all participants have basic travel and health insurance. All participants are responsible for understanding the limits of their coverage and should have the ability to provide up-front payment of emergency services if required.
Participants should ensure that any personal items such as laptops or specialised equipment they take are covered by their own insurance. Field Stations and the Wright-Ingraham Institute are not responsible for items lost or stolen over the course of the workshop, nor costs associated with canceled enrollment, missed flights or incurred by events unrelated to the program.
If you have questions regarding insurance, we recommend that you talk with an insurance agent. You may also check with Travel Guard. Additional travel information can be found in Lonely Planet.
Use of vaccines is something that is quite personal and varies from place to place, so we ask that you inform yourself. The United States Center for Disease Control (CDC) offers health recommendations for travellers to foreign countries, including vaccinations and medications for specific regions. Please note that some vaccinations may not be readily available in your area or that may need to schedule appointments well in advance, so do not leave for last minute. Note the costs of vaccinations are not covered by the program. Regardless of vaccinations, it will be very important that we all take precautions towards mosquito bites, using mosquito repellant during our stay in the Bioreserve. We will provide additional information regarding our stay there before the trip, but you contact them directly as well: rioclaroreservanatural.com