Teams will be staying in a holiday home on the edge of Coral Bay settlement. The holiday home is less than 5 minutes’ walk to the Coral Bay Research Station, where some activities are conducted.
* Please note that not every expedition has couples’ or single's accommodations available. Please call or email Earthwatch to check for availability prior to reserving your space(s) on the team.
The home is equipped with basic facilities and sleeps up to eight guests. The teams will have access to the laboratory and office facilities at the research station, including computer and Internet.
The kitchen is equipped with a large refrigerator, a gas stove and a sink connected to running water. The home’s freshwater supply is derived entirely from rainwater. Consequently, visitors are asked to conserve water at all times and restrictions may be put in place during prolonged dry periods.
There are three bedrooms in the house, with a total number of eight beds. Most of the beds are comfortable bunk bed style. There may be the possibility of a private room with double bed for a couple, so please contact Earthwatch to find out if this is available. Linen is provided.
* Earthwatch will honor each person’s assertion of gender identity, respectfully and without judgement. For both teen and adult teams, where logistics dictate single-sex accommodations or other facilities, participant placements will be made in accordance with the gender identity the participant specified on their Earthwatch Participant form and/or preferences indicated in discussions with Earthwatch.
There is one bathroom with shower and a separate toilet in the house. This will be shared between all participants. Showers must be kept to a minimum time (three minutes) as Western Australia is a very dry area and the drinking water supply comes from rainwater tanks. The shower room has laundry facilities.
Participants are asked to conserve energy wherever possible to help conserve power consumption. Additionally, due to changes in load demand, this may result in low level surges in the power supply. It is recommended that if visitors are using sensitive electronic equipment to bring surge protection boards.
Coral Bay Research Station offers the use Internet free of charge on your personal laptops. Mobile phone reception is good for Telstra and Optus.
Communication between teams of participants on-site will be via UHF radio.
DISTANCE TO THE FIELD SITE
Travel to field locations will vary depending on activities each day. Travel will be via boat or on foot with a maximum travel time by boat of one hour to the field location.
FOOD AND WATER
Earthwatch will provide all food during your stay at the research site.
Participants and staff will be responsible for making their own continental breakfasts in the morning.
Lunch will be had in the field, and participants and project staff will be expected to make their own sandwiches in the morning before departing. Fruit and snack foods (e.g., muesli bars) will be available to pack as well.
Participants will have dinner together at a local restaurant. Meals will be pre ordered. Please be aware that guests will not have the option to choose from the menu. Please indicate any dietary requirements on your participation form and we will try to cater to these.
Housekeeping will be shared, with small teams assigned to duties each day. Tasks may include washing and drying dishes, sweeping the kitchen floor, wiping benches, cleaning the bathroom, packing away chairs and tables after meals etc. A roster with full tasks will be established on the first day of the project.
The following are examples of foods you may find in the field. Variety depends on availability. We appreciate your flexibility.
- Breakfast: Cereal, toast and spreads.
- Lunch: Sandwich meats, spreads and salads, cheese, fresh fruit, muesli bars.
- Dinner: Pastas, fish and chips, steak sandwiches, burgers, salads.
- Snacks: Crackers, fruits, sweet biscuits, and muesli bars.
- Water: Fresh drinking water will always be available at the accommodation quarters. Water should not be wasted.
- Beverages: Coffee, tea, milk, fruit juices / cordial, water.
SPECIAL DIETARY REQUIREMENTS
Please alert Earthwatch to any special dietary requirements (e.g., diabetes, lactose intolerance, nut or other food allergies, vegetarian or vegan diets) as soon as possible, and note them in the space provided on your volunteer forms.
Accommodating special diets is not guaranteed and can be very difficult due to availability of food, location of field sites, and other local conditions.