Operation Wallacea – Great Rift Valley Schools Expeditions

Operation Wallacea runs conservation research expeditions to 14 different countries worldwide. These expeditions are designed with specific wildlife conservation aims in mind – from identifying areas needing protection, through to implementing and assessing conservation management programmes. What is different about Operation Wallacea is that large teams of university academics who are specialists in various aspects of biodiversity or social and economic studies are concentrated at the target study sites giving volunteers the opportunity to work on a range of projects.

There are two week expeditions available at each of the sites for 16-18 year old students and are ideal for those studying biology, geography, environmental courses or simply with an interest in conservation. These expeditions are teacher-led and typically take between 10 and 20 months to organise. You can find out more information at or express an interest at

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