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On-line Work Experience

Tutored Internships available for ages 15 -18

We have seen that many students are struggling to obtain relevant and useful work experience in the wake of Covid-19. Operation Wallacea, who run overseas biodiversity research projects, has a team of experienced researchers, designers, marketers and project managers. Due to the global travel restrictions these teams are not running their usual projects for the next few months and so there is an opportunity for them to provide support and tuition for a limited number of secondary school work placements. This helps UK schools meet their Gatsby benchmarks (4-7), and provides a unique opportunity for students.

Operation Wallacea has been leading remote expeditions for university and school groups wanting to get involved in real biodiversity and conservation research for 20 years. By doing so we have become experts in planning, training, and delivering complex projects. The work placements we are proposing offer students with an interest in science, English, marketing and project management the opportunity to work alongside our team of internationally-renowned scientists, business development, marketing and expedition management experts.

Placements will be run entirely online, allowing students to work from the comfort of their own homes whilst recreating a genuine work-from-home environment via a carefully managed daily schedule, regular deadlines and constant contact with managing staff via remote working software including Microsoft Teams. Our placements are designed not only to give students an insight into working life, but to develop a range of core skills that are both directly relevant to careers in STEM and transferable to many other career paths, as well as linking closely to their school curricula.

  • Live online mentoring
  • Work with leading experts
  • Real-world work tasks
  • Suitable for students interested in science, business, marketing, English and project management
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    Science Internships

    £100: 5 days with start dates in July and August 2020

    Students choose from a selection of projects they wish to work on, including Caribbean coral reefs and their fish communities, spider monkey behaviour and large mammals in an African savannah. They will then complete a week-long programme designed to support them through the entire research process, from project conception and data collection, to data analysis and science communication, producing a final scientific report that would be ideal as an independent research project towards their broader studies and which could also be used for IB Internal Assessments or as the start of an Extended essay or EPQ . Our programme will include introductions to computer coding in R, GIS and the production of maps, and statistical analysis of data, which are transferable skills that would look great on any students’ CV and university application.

    *13th July, 20th July and 27th July 2020 starts date have now been closed for new bookings.

     This internship would suit students with an interest in natural sciences and data analysis.

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    Business Development and Marketing Internships

    £100: 5 days starting 17th August 2020

    Students choose one from several projects to develop and market for tourism including day visits to a forest camp with orangutans in Borneo, a marine research centre in Croatia or a cloud forest in Honduras. There will be daily online meetings with experts followed by practical tasks. Interns will be trained in design of promotional material such as leaflets and posters using open source GIMP software, how to use social media most effectively for advertising and how to design a digital and print media marketing campaign. Interns will also be involved in content creation such as writing blogs and website descriptions of the projects being marketed. The end product will be a digital and print media marketing campaign document for the selected site in Borneo, Croatia or Honduras.

     This internship would suit students with an interest in sales, marketing, creative writing and design.

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  • opwallworkexp(blue3)

    Expedition Management Internships

    £100: 5 days starting 17th August 2020

    This internship will give an introduction with daily online training and follow-on practicals, in how to establish a new biodiversity research expedition in a forest and marine site in Guatemala.  Training and exercises on developing risk assessments, medical and evacuation plans, designing safe diving procedures, comms with field teams and between camps, how to medically support the team in the field and given research objectives that need to be achieved, what methods and staff are needed to complete the expedition.

    This internship would suit students with an interest in outdoor education, project management, logistics and safety.

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  • opwallworkexp(purple1)

    Wildlife Photography Training

    £150: 5 days starting 3rd August 2020

    This wildlife and nature photography workshop is for beginner photographers who want to learn more about creating beautiful photographic stories about wildlife and nature. Consisting of daily online training and follow-on practicals, covering topics from how to use your DSLR/Mirrorless camera manually and what settings to use, to planning and composing photographs to tell the story you want. There will be training in how to organise and edit your images using Adobe softwares Photoshop and Lightroom and then how to prepare and export your images for instagram and your online portfolios


    • DLSR/Mirrorless Camera
    • Lens with minimum focal length of 70mm (preferred – available for hire/stock images available)
    • Access to Adobe Lightroom
    • Access to Adobe Photoshop
    • Access to Garden/park/woodland etc
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What is this?

A real world training course and professional experience with expert tuition in a variety of fields accessible from home.

What is the fee for?

The fee pays for the expert supervision and tuition you will receive. Opwall is a primarily a research organization that supports global conservation and not a purely profit-driven commercial venture.

What does the student get?

Real experience in running aspects of world leading and unique conservation organization which bridges the often separate worlds of conservation and business. Students will gain professional contacts around the world, a taste of a future in conservation, science, marketing or project management and tuition from world leading experts.

What is expected of the students?

Students will be expected to be available for 5 full working days, starting at 9am on the first day of the placement. They will be contacted priort to this to test the online technology. The tuition, training and work required will take on average 6 hours per day. There will be a mixture of tutorials, discussions and practical tasks.

What do the students need in order to underake the placement

Students would require access to a computer with a good enough internet connection to support VoIP (voice over internet protocol calling such as skype, teams or whatsapp). No formal qualifications are required. We would recommend that students apply for placements relevant to their career or further study interests. Other than that though we only ask that students are keen to learn.

How long are these internships available for?

We are only anticipating running them during this summer, because we have a unique situation where many of our research and operations staff are not engaged in their usual work due to the Covid-19 movement restrictions. Places will be allocated on a first come-first served basis, and total numbers of placements will be restricted based on the capacity of the available staff to provide sufficient guidance and support.

What about students who couldn’t pay for work experience?

We can offer schools a range of options to support keen students who are in financial need. Schools that have larger numbers of students who are interested in the placements should get in touch to discuss options. Our resources include a free conservation series: Ex Situ. This includes Q&A sessions with expert speakers and rising stars alike in the world of conservation.

Do teachers have to do anything?

No. Students can book their places directly with us, or the school can book placements on behalf of their students.

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