Operation Wallacea- Mexico

Location: Mexico: Rural Areas

Term: Summer

Program Duration: 2-4 Weeks, 5-8 Weeks

Dates: Year Round


1431 N Augusta St Staunton Staunton, VA 24401 United States

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Phone: 9739200487


Operation Wallacea is a research and environmental organisation, working alongside university and college academics to build long term datasets to put towards various conservation management goals. We recruit volunteers to help out with the data collection, and train them in the skills and background that's needed to help effectively. There's also the option to complete dissertations or senior theses at our sites.

The Mexico project has both marine and terrestrial components, being based in either Akumal Bay or the Calakmul biosphere reserves. The Calakmul projects are based around assessing the biodiversity of the reserve by surveying a number of key groups - butterflies and moths, reptiles, amphibians, birds, bats, and large mammals. Volunteers can get involved with each of these surveys, while being based around a site nearby to an ancient Mayan city.

The marine project at Akumal is looks at Turtle populations, coral restoration and mangrove mapping.


1. The Selva Maya (Mayan Jungle) is the largest expanse of tropical forest outside of the Amazon.

2. The Calakmul Biosphere Reserve is one of the last remaining stands of virgin forest in Mexico.

3. Calakmul is one of the two largest ancient Mayan ruined cities.

4. Best chance of seeing endangered species like the jaguar and tapir.

5. Akumal has a huge number of nesting turtles each summer and a permanent population of green turtles.

Degree Level


  • Zoology & Wildlife Sciences
  • Scuba
  • Marine Science
  • Environmental Studies
  • Environmental Management
  • Ecology
  • Biology
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Volunteer Types
  • Wildlife
  • Veterinary Science
  • Reforestation
  • Eco-Tourism
  • Conservation
  • Biological Research
  • Animal Welfare
This Program is open to

Worldwide Participant.

Participants Travel to Mexico

Independently or in Groups

Application Process Involves
  • Online Application
  • Other
Year Founded