Practical information for students that go for fieldwork to Bonaire
Notice that things may change and prices may increase
Updated july 2018: by Marjolijn Christianen with contribution of STCB, Fee, Monique, STINAPA
Requirements for a student project within our program:
- Enthusiastic for the ecological research subjects offered
- Great sense of responsibility and self-reliance
- Scuba + drivers licence, 30 dives minimum
- Accomodation, Insurance & Travel cost should be covered by student
- Minimum 3 months fieldwork
- Registered as a student at WUR (fulltime or only for this project), for students from outside WUR see instructions to register as a “bijvakstudent” at WUR *also see below
- See the WUR-AEW website for further information and requirements and the contract/agreement that you need to fill in
Student funding opportunities:
- See this list of possible funding opportunities (updated 2019, by me): additions / updates? Send me an email.
- And if you do get funded: acknowledge them, also in your publications!
- See info about doing a research project (called “thesis” at WUR) or internship at our departement here, and the and the codes for the thesis / internships (last 2 numbers represent # ECTS)
- Ask for long stay rates (applies if you stay 3 months or longer)
- Prikichi residence -> studio’s
- But also see this list of other apartments & for places to avoid (updated 2015, STCB)
- Set your debet card (pinpas) to “world” so that you can use it outside europe
- Currency Bonaire: US dollar,
- Multiple ATMs on Bonaire, ATM “van den Tweel supermarket” is not charging extra.
- But be prepared for the 1st day (in case you arrive late / ATMS are out of order with 100-150 dollars), you can easily take this from the ATM at Schiphol ABN-AMRO
Things to arrange
- Funding! See above
- Return ticket
- Diving insurance
- Check if your pasport is valid for at least 6 months after returning to the issuing country
- Check your medical insurance & travel insurance
- @ Bonaire: Get a STINAPA dive tag (e.g. in dive shop) and pay nature fee:
- No need to get a residence permit to do a research project on Bonaire: Dutch can stay on the island 180 days per year, for other EU countries this is 90 days.
Bonaire is a fairly small island of 294 km2 without public transportation. Arranging transportation is, therefore, essential. A bicycle can be a cheap option but with the warm weather, bad roads, and diving equipement you have to carry you have to buy/rent a car. Cars have a wide variety of prices. Once you are on the island there are plenty of opportunities to buy one second hand, or you could contact a student that is there before you and ask if you can buy from them.
- Car rental: see this document for a suggested rental location
Things to bring / or buy
- Bonaire has lots of shops, including well equiped supermarkets, hardware stores, toiletries -> HOWEVER things are fairly expensive on Bonaire (everythings has to be imported) so you could save some money
- Bring you diving certificate! & logbook
- Waterproof cover for you phone
- Mask, fins, snorkel, seperate watershoes, wetsuitBCD, regulator (try to buy 2nd hand e.g. from student in Bonaire or marktplaats.nl -> ask for recently serviced materials)
- Weight belt & dive tank: rent in Bonaire http://www.divefriendsbonaire.com
- Sun protection: hat, sunglasses, sunscreen (waterproof factor > 40), rash guard (surf/UV shirt) with long sleeves,
- Small personal first aid kit with mosquito repellent (Dengue Fever is a concern, but there isn’t any malaria)
- world adapter: plug types A, B, F: power is 110V 50hz:
- @ Bonaire: Local Digicel sim card + data for phone (emergencies) Kaya Grandi 26.
- Water shoes or Crocs with a good footpad
the information below are just suggestions to help students in arranging logistics behind their student projects on Bonaire.
*How to register as Bijvakstudent at WUR ? – only for students from outside WUR
See the procedure at this WUR website. This will take ±½ day to arrange
Please note the following
- the procedure includes getting approval at your local university via standard forms of you examination board.
- “vakcode” and name of the courses can be found at the AEW-studyguide, for internships “AEW-704..” and for a thesis (or research project) “AEW-804..”, the last 2 digits will be the # ECTS agreed for your project.
- You need a copy of your passport and a proof of payment of tuition fees (can by requested via the student service desk of your university), a proof of English language proficiency (e.g. a “VWO diploma”)
- For a thesis you also need permission of the examinination board of the WUR (examiningboard.lifesciences at wur.nl)
- always see the WUR bijvak instructions for the latest updates
- When registration is complete, you will receive an inlog for WURnet, then you can register for the potential other courses that you will follow via: https://ssc.wur.nl/student/