​Update: The Global Expedition Program has been cancelled for 2021. Please check back in the future for updates. 

For campus-wide information regarding the coronavirus, please visit: shastacollege.edu/covid19.​​

Program Overview

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. Please note this is general information about the program, but specific dates and locations will vary year to year.

  • Approximate Course Dates: June 29th - August 14th
  • Approximate Trip Dates: July 24th - August 9th

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

Out of District Student Course Offerings

If you are planning to attend an Operation Wallacea expedition, but not the Shasta College expedition, you should visit: 

Contact Information

Questions can be directed to the Global Education Center in Room 2308 and globaled@shastacollege.edu or (530) 242-7626.


  • ​​Students will travel to various international locations to assist with real conservation research lead by experienced scientists with Operation Wallacea.
  • Research topics can 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 can have the opportunity to learn about local culture by interacting with local communities, exploring ancient 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 while learning about the impact of tourism on sea turtle populations.
  • Students who are not already can gain their scuba diving certificate (PADI).
  • Students who pass the associated classes will gain 6-8 units (UC/CSU transferable for General Education) in Earth Science and Life Science. 
  • Students have access to on-site medical professionals and receive travel insurance coverage.
  • Students are required to register in classes that vary depenign on the location. Examples of required classes include: 
    • Natural History of the NeoTropics (NHIS-5-U3284)
    • Natural History of the NeoTropics Lab (NHIS-5L-3285)
    • Earth Systems Science (ESCI-17-1823)
  • The total cost depends on location, but typically is approximately $3,000 - $4,000.
  • 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 $34.50 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 shastacollege.edu/fa​

STEP 1: When the application period is open, you can email your application to globaled@shastacollege.edu, 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

Step 2: If you are not already a student at Shasta, submit your general application to Shasta College by following this link: www.ShastaCollege.edu/apply. 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 shastacollege.edu/fa.​

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

Previous Journey: Fiji 2019

Shasta College student, Edward Millard, made a story map to highlight the Fiji 2019 experience. This not only visually shows the path the students took, but uses modern technology to map out the ecological importance if the area.