Overview

Our expeditions help volunteers gain field work experience by working alongside conservation scientists, attending ecology and biodiversity lectures, and helping us collect primary data to inform conservation management strategies. Help us collect data on birds, bats, butterflies, mammals, reptiles, and amphibians. As well as habitat surveys that underpin all the other data and allow us to look at the big picture of the whole ecosystem – and what needs to be done to save it.

From tropical rainforests and European grasslands, to coral reefs and Mediterranean seagrass meadows, our network of over 200 researchers lead cutting edge research projects that inform conservation management strategies and save species at risk of extinction.

We have research projects in:

  • Borneo, Indonesia
  • Croatia
  • Dominica
  • Guyana
  • Honduras
  • Madagascar
  • Mexico
  • Peru
  • Sulawesi, Indonesia
  • Transylvania

We’ve nurtured 100s of budding conservationists and wildlife researchers around the world. Our volunteers have gone on to have careers in TV presenting, science communication, academic research, science journalism, practical conservation, and more. Kick-start your conservation career by joining an Operation Wallacea Expedition.

A good level of English is required as the lectures and instructions will be given in English. If you are at university, you can join an Opwall expedition to collect data for your dissertation/thesis project. Some universities also award credit for joining our programmes as Independent Study or as an Internship.

About Operation Wallacea

Operation Wallacea (Opwall) is a conservation research organisation that is funded by, and relies on, teams of student volunteers who join expeditions for the opportunity to work on real-world research programmes alongside academic researchers.

Most science programmes abroad that deliver research outcomes are funded on a short-term basis by grants with typically tightly restricted aims. Long-term projects covering large bio-geographical scales that can incorporate more than one ecosystem are rare. By adopting a volunteer funded model, Opwall does not suffer from those restrictions and can draw upon researchers from a wide range of different disciplines and academic institutions, and create long-term research projects.

Those researchers and academics also separate Opwall from other volunteer organisations, allowing a truly research orientated project. You can also find out more about peoples experiences and our projects at the Opwall Blog.

We’ve nurtured 100s of budding conservationists and wildlife researchers around the world. Our volunteers have gone on to have careers in TV presenting, science communication, academic research, science journalism, practical conservation, and more. Kick-start your conservation career by joining an Operation Wallacea Expedition.