Global Expedition Program - Mexico 2020


Scholarship Application Deadline: 

11:59 pm, March 1st​

Click here for Scholarship Application 

 About the program

Every summer Shasta College students have the opportunity to take part in real conservation research in cooperation with Operation Wallacea (OpWall) in locations across the world while earning transferable college-level credits. ​

Students have to enroll in the program both through OpWall and through Shasta College. More information on the application process can be found below. 

Approximate Course Dates: June 29th - August 14th 2020​
Approximate Trip Dates: July 24th - August 9th 2020*

*1-2 days may be added on either end depending on travel. Online coursework to be done before and after expedition dates. 

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Reserve your spot today!

The first step in the application process is letting Operation Wallacea know you want to join! There are two different links you can follow: 

In additon to the OpWall form, you will also have to submit an application for this program specifically to the Global Education Center. 


Mexico 2020 ​


  • ​​Students will travel to the Yucatan Peninsula in southeastern Mexico to assist with real conservation research lead by experienced scientists with Operation Wallacea.

  • Research 

    topics include assessing the impact of tourism on native sea turtle populations, analyzing the forest structure while estimating forest carbon stores, and searching for new or rare species. 
  • Students will be able to

     explore the Selva Maya jungle of the Calakmul Biosphere Reserve, a UNESCO World Heritage Site of both culture and nature and one of the largest remaining strongholds of endangered mammals such as jaguar and tapir.

  • Students have the opportunity to learn about Mayan culture by interacting with local Mayan communities, exploring ancient Mayan ruins, and observing their connections with nature now and in the past. 
  • Additionally, part of the marine science includes snorkeling and scuba diving along coral reefs and seagrass beds in the Caribbean while learning about the impact of tourism on sea turtle populations.
  • Students who are not already can gain their scuba diving certificate (PADI).
  • Exploring local geology, caves, and cenotes​.
  • Students who pass the class will gain 6-8 units (UC/CSU transferable for General Education) in Earth Science and Life Science. 
  • Have access to on-site medical professionals and receive travel insurance coverage.
  • Make lasting friendships!
  • Required courses to register in: 
    • ​Natural History of the NeoTropics (NHIS-5)
    • Natural History of the NeoTropics Lab (NHIS-5L)
    • Earth Systems Science (ESCI-17)

 Cost Information: 

  • The total cost for the trip is approximately $3,000 - $3,200.
  • Price can vary based off number of students who sign up, price of flights, and price that students pay for Shasta College courses.
  • Cost is broken up into Shasta College fees and OpWall fees. For Shasta College, students only pay tuition and fees to Shasta. The rest of the fees are paid to OpWall and is used to fund transportation, lodging, staff at facilities, etc. 
  • Note about Shasta College cost: 
    • We highly encourage students to apply for financial aid. If eligible, financial aid can cover tuition fees ($46 per unit for California resident students), but most students (including high school students) will likely have to pay $41.50 health and campus fees required for all class registrations.
    • High school students do ​​not ​have to pay tuition fees. 
  • ​Scholarships are available to students (ranging from $500 - $2000) through the Shasta College Foundation and McConnell Foundation. Once the scholarships are available, more information can be found at​

Application Information 

Please note that the application process requires students to sign up through Operation Wallacea (OpWall) in addition to through Shasta College. Please feel free to direct questions to the contact information below.


STEP 1: Click on one of the links below to sign up online through Operation Wallacea (Opwall) and pay the $250 deposit to hold your spot. 

In addition to the OpWall form, you will also have to submit an application for this program specifically to the Global Education Center. 

You can email your application to, bring it in person, or mail it in. If you are choosing to mail it, please send it to: 

  Shasta College
Student Life
11555 Old Oregon Trail
Redding, CA 96003

Application and Deposit deadline - February 21st, 2020 but there is limited space, so hold your spot as soon as you can by following STEP 1 above.


Step 2: If you are not already a student at Shasta, submit your general application to Shasta College by following this link: If you have taken classes here before, you can skip this step. If you are unsure, please contact us using the information below. 

STEP 3: Register for Financial Aid and Apply for Scholarships (strongly recommended). Many forms of aid exist that may be applied to this expedition program. Apply for scholarships and general financial aid by visiting​


STEP 4: Register for the required 2020 Expedition Courses once enrollment for Summer class registration begins in the Spring.​ High school students will need to apply with a concurrent enrollment form. 

​Contact Information 

Questions can be directed to the Global Education Center: 

Room 2308
(530) 242-7626


 Previous Journeys

See how students have immersed themselves in the cross-cultural experiences by watching the video below, created by Allison McKinney, a student on the 2017 Global Expedition to South Africa.

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