Sustainable Business in Trinidad

Ref: 10003053

Eligibility

Undergraduate and postgraduate students in the Department of Strategic Management and Marketing enrolled on the BSc Business Entrepreneurship & Innovation, BSc Business and Management and MBA Global: Business & Sustainability module (LCBS5066) are eligible to apply for this opportunity. The maximum number of places on this opportunity is 20 and the minimum number the trip will go ahead with is 10. DMU staff will be accompanying the group.

DMU students are only eligible to receive one academic-led trip bursary per year. Please check our eligibility criteria for further details.

Description

Annually from March to September Trinidad takes on a very important role as the world’s second largest nesting site for endangered leatherback turtles. Leatherback turtles can reach up to 7 feet long and weigh more than 2000lbs. Students will spend time in the northeast coastal village of Matura during the peak nesting season working with the community-based organisation Nature Seekers which places sustainability and social responsibility at its core.

Nature Seekers was formed in response to alarming turtle slaughter rates adopting a mission to protect the thousands of female leatherback turtles that return each year to the place where they were born to lay their eggs. During peak season this can be as many as 300 leatherback turtles per night. This trip will:

  1. Improve students’ practical skills in forming and translating ideas into ventures that create value beyond the financial
  2. Develop students’ perception and sensitivity towards real-world problems through locally relevant conservation and sustainability activities
  3. Enhance students’ global mindset through engagement with a Small Island Developing State
  4. Allow students to engage with organisations which address sustainable development goal (SDG) challenges
  5. Provide students with the truly exceptional and memorable experience that is witnessing the leatherback turtle nesting ritual and collect internationally utilised research data.

Cultural activities

Students will then spend time in the northwest capital city of Port of Spain. Cultural activities will include a visit to Maracas Bay, the Caribbean Sea lookout, sampling the world-famous local delicacy “bake and shark”, the magnificent seven constructed during Spanish and British rule back in the 17th and 18th centuries and a Street Food Tour on Ariapita Avenue.

Travel and accommodation

  • Travel – Students are required to independently book their travel
  • Accommodation – The faculty will book accommodation for this opportunity, and students will be expected to pay the full amount following confirmation of their place.

Contact details

Visa information

If you have a British Citizen  you can enter Trinidad for tourism without a visa for up to 90 days. Your passport should be valid for a minimum period of 6 months from the date of your departure from Indonesia.

Students of other nationalities should check the entry requirements on the Government of the Republic of Trinidad and Tobago – Immigration Division website.

Further information will be provided to all accepted students who require a visa, regarding the type of visa required and how to apply for it, at the pre-departure session. If you have any specific questions about this please email dmuglobal@dmu.ac.uk for advice. If a visa is required, you are responsible for applying for one and ensuring that you do so with sufficient time to receive the visa prior to departure. Please be aware that immigration decisions are made by individual embassies.

Key Information

  • Departure date: Tuesday 23 April 2019
  • Return date: Sunday 28 April 2019
  • Estimated cost of travel and accommodation: £950
  • Students will also be required to pay for: transfer (UK and in-country), food and drink, and visa (if applicable)
  • #DMUglobal bursary: £400
  • Deadline for application: Monday 18 February 2019 9am