So you like to travel. You enjoy looking for interesting wildlife. Perhaps you have even an amateur interest in photography. Do you fancy a challenge? Many of you will be familiar with the opportunities available through Operation Wallacea, Frontier, or other similar volunteering organisations. But maybe you haven’t heard of another option: Fxpeditions.
We aren’t a fancy volunteering/travel business, and we aren’t asking for your money. We’re just a humble student society helping people set up research expeditions – you can go anywhere you want, do (pretty much) anything you want, and we’ll help you!
Okay, so what’s the catch? Well the ‘catch’ here is also a massive C.V. booster (and also just an amazing opportunity, you essentially build the expedition from scratch. Find the team, set up the in-country links, write the grants, organise the fundraisers, and figure out the health & safety and logistics of it all. It’s not an easy process, especially when juggling a full time degree, but it’s possibly the most rewarding thing to see through!
Over the years, the society has been running as an offshoot of the campus expedition society. We have had teams travel to Peru, Cambodia, Madagascar, and Borneo (to name a few) who have discovered potential new species, assisted long term conservation programmes, and produced incredible photographic and video footage.
This year we have a whopping 10 teams setting up projects around the world – this is the largest number of students yet! – so why is it so popular?
Well, I’ll let the people do the talking.
“The expedition springboarded me into my current life, one that’s full of adventure. It let me realise what makes me happy, and presented me with the opportunities to follow it.” (Tom Day, founder and blog writer of ‘New Day Adventures’: https://thejournaloftomday.wordpress.com)
“I am thrilled to have helped design and lead a project that builds an audience for conservation issues. I hope that expeditions such as these can pave the way for future collaboration and break boundaries.” (Katya Zaki, 3rd Year Animal behaviour)
“As a Zoology student, carrying out conservation research was something I have always had a passion for, so having the opportunity to do this in Cambodia is something I have been very grateful of. I developed many skills, ranging from surveying to learning how to communicate with different cultures. I shared this trip with some amazing people, and I made many unforgettable memories.” (Ellen Whitby, 3rd Year Zoology)
“As one of the non-zoological students, the two months on the island were a huge learning curve for me. This began with basic things such as terminology and using the equipment, however soon stemmed into species ID’ing and data recording.” (Sean Young, BA Geography and Politics)
“My favourite part of the expedition was getting to know 7 people I didn’t know that well. It was amazing how well we all worked together, and we all managed to get on so well as team. I have 7 really good friends from this expedition, and I will stay in contact with them for many years. I learnt how to survey effectively, and I realised how hard and dedicated you have to be. It was an amazing experience to do and to get such amazing findings. I would recommend it to anyone, and it makes me so proud of what we managed to do in such a short amount of time.” (Martin Berwick, 3rd Year MNHP)
“Best achievement of my life.” (Lucy Twitcher, Mission Manu, Peru 2015)
“A challenging but ultimately a very rewarding experience” (Rebecca Turley, Mission Manu, Peru 2015)
You can find out more by heading over to https://www.facebook.com/thefxpeditions/.