School Spotlight! – Parade College, Melbourne

School Spotlight! – Parade College, Melbourne

13th November 2018 by Rachael Costanzo

Written by Rachael Costanzo Video by Tim Jacobs Cover photo courtesy of Michele Murphy The Wallace region in Indonesia is extremely remote- leaving Australia it took us three days, three planes, a 10-hour car ride and a 2-hour hike with our 15kg…

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Ecuador – Project weeks 3 to 5

Ecuador – Project weeks 3 to 5

9th November 2018 by Sophia Wood

Words and photos courtesy of Sophia Wood (Deputy Country Manager for Ecuador 2018) Week 3 Bringing in two school groups at a time always makes for a bit of an interesting social experiment. Sometimes, the two mix like they had always known…

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Madagascar – mist netting and elephants’ nests

Madagascar – mist netting and elephants’ nests

2nd November 2018 by Alexandra Birtles

Written by Alexandra Birtles These are the extremes of my time as a volunteer research assistant in Madagascar – two weeks spent in the forest in Mariarano and two weeks marine in Nosy Be. The early morning mist netting with Solohery was…

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Indonesia – Dog Blog!

Indonesia – Dog Blog!

26th October 2018 by Carys Cunningham

Written by Carys Cunningham Photos Courtesy of Carys Cunningham & Arthur Arfian Opwall’s largest site, the biggest numbers we have ever had, 6 forest camps to run – surely there is no more time for our Indonesia management team to spare in…

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School Spotlight! – Nexus International School, Singapore

School Spotlight! – Nexus International School, Singapore

24th October 2018 by Lee Wilson

Written by Lee Wilson Nexus International School (Singapore) have participated in a number of OpWall expeditions over the last few years. I’ve been lucky enough to travel with our learners to Sulawesi, Indonesia and South Africa. I’ve returned from each expedition with…

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Croatia – herps, bats, birds, mammals and fish!

Croatia – herps, bats, birds, mammals and fish!

19th October 2018 by Eve Woehrling

Written by Eve Woehrling Without doubt, the hardest part of writing about the Croatia trip is thinking of which part to write about. The sheer quantity of activity we have done in less than a week is crazy (the group’s collective mentality…

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South Africa – day in the life of a Gondwana research assistant

South Africa – day in the life of a Gondwana research assistant

12th October 2018 by Billy Goldstraw

Written by Billy Goldstraw Photos courtesy of Jamie Chu After a gruelling 5 hour airport transfer we finally arrived at Gondwana Reserve, we were met by the camp staff and the refreshing icy chill of the South African winter. I instantly recognised…

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Dominica – A thorough introduction to tropical ecology

Dominica – A thorough introduction to tropical ecology

8th October 2018 by Ian Thornhill

Written by and Photos Courtesy Ian Thornhill Within the Rosalie River valley, close to the Atlantic coast of Dominica, there is a place where three rivers meet. These rivers are the Stuart’s, the Clarke’s (or locally Cacao) and the Brown’s. Together they…

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School Spotlight – Edina High School

School Spotlight – Edina High School

3rd October 2018 by Lindsey Smaka

Written by and Photos Courtesy of Lindsey Smaka Edina High School has participated in Opwall expeditions to South Africa (2017) and Fiji (2018). As the students’ science teacher, I have been lucky enough to organize these two expeditions as well as participate….

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Ecuador – Project weeks 1 and 2

Ecuador – Project weeks 1 and 2

28th September 2018 by Sophia Wood

Written by Sophia Wood (Deputy Country Manager for Ecuador 2018) Photos courtesy of Dan Ward Arrival Our shapes were already blurred by dusk by the time we were loading the canoes. We fumbled to pack rucksacks, whiteboards, buckets, and nets into a…

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Peru – Geology Rocks, but Biology is Life

Peru – Geology Rocks, but Biology is Life

21st September 2018 by Kathryn Christinsen

Written by and photos courtesy of Kathryn Christinsen This summer I spent nearly three weeks in Peru on the Pacaya – Samiria National Reserve helping biologists collect data through surveys. With no exaggeration, I can say it was simply indescribable and eye-opening….

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Malawi – A brave new frontier

Malawi – A brave new frontier

11th September 2018 by Heather Gilbert

Written by Heather Gilbert Photos Courtesy of Alex Tozer & Justin Hines   We all know that biodiversity has never been more in danger than it is today. With human encroachment expanding, the wild areas in which biodiversity is traditionally thought to…

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