Learn more about the O’Neill in the Caribbean program

Please note, many of the details below are from summer 2019 and will be updated throughout the month of September.

May 9 - 23, 2020

Island Conservation and Sustainability Management (3cr.)

Program Directors: Stephen Glaholt

O’Neill in the Caribbean is a three-credit course (E482/E582), which seeks to discover how the entire Caribbean island of Bonaire is applying conservation and sustainability techniques to preserve the island’s rich diversity for future generations. One focus of the course will be on how island life has changed in recent years to become more eco-friendly. On the program, you will assist in flora and fauna diversity monitoring projects and will participate in ongoing management programs associated with migratory birds, coral, reef fish, and other organisms, to develop an understanding of the problems and solutions associated with island conservation and sustainability. By taking part in this program, you will gain valuable applied knowledge and research experience in field sampling and experimental design techniques while learning first-hand how conservation and sustainability practices are being implemented to protect and restore the islands terrestrial and marine ecosystems.

  • Learn about marine biology and island ecology in an open air classroom located within walking distance to the ocean
  • Snorkel Bonaire’s pristine coral reefs and experience its diverse fish communities
  • Conduct fish and coral diversity, population, and health surveys
  • Night snorkeling and tide pooling using black-lights to explore the colorful nocturnal species of the underwater world (Optional)
  • Assist in migratory bird and bat population survey program
  • Participate in the restoration efforts of the endangered Queen Conch
  • Learn about the islands terrestrial and marine invasive species and the programs implemented to manage them (or develop and implement your own program!)
  • Contribute directly to the conservation and research efforts to protect Bonaire’s diverse communities

You will stay in Kralendijk (the largest city on Bonaire). The accommodations will contain multiple rooms all with access to private bathrooms, kitchen facility, and Wi-Fi.

 Note: Your IU Bloomington Bursar account will be charged two amounts for participation in this O’Neill International program:

  1. O’Neill International program fee (two payments)
  2. IU Bloomington Tuition

Please see below for additional details.


2019 O’Neill in the Caribbean Program Fee: $2,100*

The program fee will be charged to your Bursar account in two installments:

  1. A $550 non-refundable pre-payment shortly after you confirm your participation in the program
  2. The remaining program fee balance will be charged in March, due in April

The program fee for this program includes:

  • Lodging
  • Medical insurance
  • Some meals
  • Group transportation on the island
  • Cultural excursions

* Program fee information is from summer 2019. Information for summer 2020 will be available by the end of September.


IU Bloomington Tuition – 3 credits

The tuition cost for this O’Neill International program is based on IU Bloomington tuition. The cost of tuition you pay will vary based on your student status. For more information on the cost of summer tuition, please contact IU Student Central.


Additional Costs

You will need to pay for your flight to Bonaire, food that is not included in the program and other incidentals.


Scholarships

The O’Neill International Summer Scholarship/Fellowship is available to help O’Neill students from IUB and IUPUI study abroad. Please visit our scholarship page for eligibility requirements and application deadlines. 

Other scholarships are available on a competitive basis.

The course is intended for, but not limited to, students interested in conservation and sustainability management practices as well as marine biology and island ecology. All undergraduates and graduate students are encouraged to apply.

During the application period (October - December) an "Apply Now" button will be available at the top of this page. You will need to submit the online application by 11:59 p.m. on December 15. 

Detailed application instructions

If you have any issues throughout the application process, please do not hesitate to contact the O'Neill International Office, 812-855-7568, oio@indiana.edu.

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