Operation Wallacea runs a series of biological and conservation management research programmes in remote locations across the world. From the awe-inspiring cloud forests of Cusuco National Park in Honduras – a site rich in endemics and endangered species – to the depths of the Wakatobi Marine National Park in Indonesia, at the heart of the incredibly biodiverse Coral Triangle.
These expeditions are designed with specific wildlife conservation aims in mind – from identifying areas needing protection, through to implementing and assessing conservation management programmes. Opwall works directly with a network of over 200 ecologists, scientists, and academics, who are all specialists in various aspects of biodiversity or social and economic studies. This is what makes an Opwall expedition stand out from other volunteer organisations as you will personally work alongside this amazing network of people whilst on-site.
Joining an Operation Wallacea expedition gives you the chance to participate in active field research. By working on a range of projects and learning multiple standardized survey techniques, you are afforded the opportunity to enhance your career potential and gain valuable experience. Whilst for some getting their hands dirty with real biodiversity research allows them to see if field work is something they wish to pursue in the future, for others it can simply be an amazing opportunity to try something completely different!
Operation Wallacea has research projects in:
- South Africa
We also offer a series of free webinars so head over to https://www.opwall.com/free-webinar/ to sign up now!
About Operation Wallacea
Operation Wallacea has run biodiversity research expeditions for the last 25 years to a series of sites (mainly biodiversity hotspots) worldwide (www.opwall.com), helping university students from around the world gain valuable experience and get their hands dirty with real biodiversity research.
Our network of academics and researchers separate Opwall from other volunteer organisations, allowing a truly research orientated project, and our volunteer funded model allows the volunteers who join us to take part in long-term projects covering large bio-geographical scales that can incorporate more than one ecosystem. You can find out more about peoples experiences and our projects at the Opwall Blog.
In the last two years we have also worked extremely hard to develop and offer as many opportunities as we can to help volunteers get involved in conservation. We have introduced a number of European sites including two projects in the UK which focus on rewilding and developing skills for a career in UK conservation, and for those students looking to develop their skills at home we now offer virtual internships in skills such as introductions to R coding, wildlife photography, science and geography and project management.
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