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How Do You Become Part Of A Exploration Team

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posted on May, 23 2009 @ 05:16 PM
Where do people go who want to be part of exploration teams for science, history, geography or anything?

Does anyone have any information about websites and general information?

I always wanted to be part of an exploration team or expedition as it involves everything which interests me fitness, history, geography and science.

Can an average Joe be part of something like this?


posted on May, 23 2009 @ 05:32 PM
reply to post by thecrow001

Probably not. You would need one of two things. Some skill that is beneficial to the excursion, such as photography or a general degree in various areas.

Or if you had a tone of money, you could probably fund an excursion involving specialists and the like.

Unfortunetly, unless you are doing your own adventure while on vacation there is not much room for average joe to take part in these things.


posted on May, 23 2009 @ 05:38 PM
reply to post by tothetenthpower

oh right well i am a qualified mechanical egineer lol better than nothing and i am willing to be used as basic man power.

I am afraid i dont have a tonne of money yet
you never know.
I'll keep looking who knows i might get lucky.

Holidays yeah i spose thats a nice start lol. camping in england haha i need abit more.

Greedy i know

posted on May, 23 2009 @ 06:22 PM
I don't know about expeditions, but you can get involved in local digs, discoveries, or whatever may be active in your area.
My uncle helped with his charter boat when they found some sunk ships in Pensacola Bay, and I've done a good deal of work at various digs in Pensacola, and some here in Milton.

Helping build up connections with people who are active in the field will help.
It helps for them to know your character, what you can do, and how you can be beneficial.

posted on May, 23 2009 @ 06:34 PM
reply to post by RuneSpider

Thanks, is there a way for me to find local digs ect going on in my local area.

i'll have a look around the internet for sites which might help.

posted on May, 23 2009 @ 06:35 PM
reply to post by thecrow001


You should check out url=]Earthwatch Expeditions[/url].

You may find some interesting possibilities there.


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posted on May, 23 2009 @ 06:41 PM
Sorry about that link screw up. I edited it, but when it posts, it still comes out wrong.

Earthwatch Expeditions

posted on May, 23 2009 @ 06:42 PM
reply to post by Aislin

Thanks i'll have a good look at that.
Its ok about the link lol i've got the site up

posted on May, 23 2009 @ 06:43 PM
What does that 'minimum contribution' part mean in the expedition info pages? Do you have to pay them to get to join???

posted on May, 23 2009 @ 07:00 PM
reply to post by PsykoOps

8. What’s a Minimum Contribution?

As you explore the wide range of volunteer opportunities detailed on, you’ll notice a Minimum Contribution listed for each expedition. This tax-deductible donation is needed to help support each expedition’s field research requirements, including your room and board, on-site transportation and field equipment expenses. However, additional contributions are urgently needed for scientific equipment, educational outreach, and community-building projects. Every dollar contributed above the Minimum Contribution will go directly towards keeping these vital programs going for as long as needed to protect the ecological and cultural resources that sustain our lives. As you prepare to join us in the field, please consider contributing as much as you’re able. It’s just one more way in which you can quickly and effectively change the world, one community or species at a time.

You have to become an Earthwatch member. I believe the minimum membership fee is $35. The contribution (which is on top of the membership fee) is to pay for your room and board, etc... It seems reasonable.

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posted on May, 23 2009 @ 07:08 PM
quite awhile ago, i wanted to do the same thing.

i think nat geo has/had something on that order, of volunteers for their projects.

a pay your own way, type of situation.

good luck!

posted on May, 23 2009 @ 07:24 PM
reply to post by fooks

sweet did you end up doing something ?

i'll have a look for them as well

thanks for all this information maybe it will help other people who might want to do the same things.

posted on May, 24 2009 @ 01:54 AM
reply to post by Aislin

There's a huge difference between an expidition and an overprized holiday. That site is a pure scam

posted on May, 24 2009 @ 10:43 AM
There's endless opportunities to get involved in digs and explorations -- and yes, sorry, you usually have to pay a fee of some sort to help them out (and pay for your food.) For example, the Texas Archaeological Society has yearly digs and it costs a whopping $150 for a whole week, which includes food. If you bring a tent, you can stay free. Novices welcome.

I can't afford to go this year but wish I could.

If you're a member of a rock art society (I am) there are recording trips (yes, you have to pay fees to cover supplies and other things including the organizations' secretarial time to call the ranchers and make sure you're clear to be on the land). Ditto paleontological societies (the Dallas Paleo society recently went down with Dr. Fiorello and hauled a T. Rex out of Big Bend.)

On a modest, no fee scale, walks in your local woods and bird recording is always useful to the Cornell Bird Labs.


There are also courses you can take that involve field schools.

In addition, there are a number of volunteer projects around. This (badly written because they say archaeologists excavate dinosaurs and this is WRONG) article has some:

...etc, etc, etc.

Best way is to get involved with a local, state, national archaeology/paleontology society and watch for schools and projects.

(edited to add) these "pay-as-you-go" opportunities are valuable; on the higher end, you can't get into a dig/exploration without having proof that you know what you're doing with documentation, restoration, etc, etc. They don't have time to teach you how to make a field jacket when they're in the field and rushing to get a mososaur out before the next storm hits.)

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