DISSERTATIONS / RESEARCH PROJECTS
We only permit University of Exeter students (Cornwall campus) to undertake dissertations/honours projects in Cyprus under the supervision of Drs Broderick and Godley and as we limit the number of projects each year, priority is given to returning students that have already worked on this project. We appreciate that students from other universities would like to conduct research projects whilst in Cyprus, but managing such additional projects can compromise the main research activities. It is however possible for your time in Cyprus to count towards a student placement, but this must be discussed as soon as you are offered a place and must also require no additional activities whilst in Cyprus.
Volunteers are asked to contribute £700. This covers all costs for a 6-8 week stay; food, accommodation and transport in Cyprus including airport transfer. In addition, this money helps to finance the involvement of local students. This does NOT include travel to Cyprus or travel insurance, which must be arranged by each individual. Copies of insurance documents must be provided before arrival. You are welcome to attempt to raise your personal contribution from fund-raising events or sponsorship. It is also worth contacting your University to explore the possibility of Erasmus funding. Turkish Cypriot citizens will not be asked to contribute financially for their placement, but are welcome to make a contribution.
The project runs from April 25th until October 5th. Please make it clear on your application form between which dates you are available. We have 70 positions available for 2019 and you may have a greater chance of being selected if you are available for periods including late April to early June or from late September to early October, since competition for places is lower during university term-time.
Our accommodation at Alagadi consists of a field base, (two small houses, toilet blocks, an information room and a separate office, lab and storage space) 250m from our main nesting beach, and has running water and electricity. You must be prepared to share a mixed sex dorm with up to 10 others. In addition, we have a base on the west coast of the island where 4 to 6 personnel are rotated. Here volunteers use three porta-cabin buildings. In the Karpaz Peninsula our base is provided by the North Cyprus Department for Environmental Protection and is a wooden bungalow with a sleeping area, tents, shower block and toilet block. It overlooks one of the most important and untouched nesting beaches in the Mediterranean.
There is no upper age restriction. Volunteers travelling from overseas must be 18 or over. Volunteers from North Cyprus must be at least 16 years old but will require parents/guardians to complete a written consent form.