About Us

Friends of Wallacea connects international travelers with communities involved in wildlife conservation, providing unique experiences for tourists and essential income for local businesses. Our tours are 100% locally-owned, generating income, employment, and economic growth opportunities in rural communities worldwide.

Community-run tourism operations are proven to effectively replace extraction-based economic development (mining, logging, agriculture, etc) to incentivize and fund the protection of threatened ecosystems. Friends of Wallacea works with rural and indigenous communities who are actively involved in local conservation efforts to help them reach a global audience of intrepid travelers who care where their tourism dollars land.

Group hiking through a rainforest on a wildlife tour

How We Select Our Partners

Friends of Wallacea works with local partners and communities to create sustainable, local businesses that promote wildlife conservation. These communities were selected based on their track record of working with Operation Wallacea, a conservation research organization that funds long-term biodiversity monitoring in threatened ecosystems around the world.


Friends of Wallacea vets each organization intensively, selecting only those communities that have demonstrated a strong commitment to conserving their local environments, as well as providing an excellent, unique experience to each tourist and student that visits their community. These organizations drive regional economic growth by spending over 80% of their income locally, supporting farmers, schools, and nonprofits focused on conservation efforts.

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Volunteer Placement: Peruvian Amazon Biodiversity Research

A unique opportunity to stay aboard the floating Rio Amazonas Research Station while studying the incredible biodiversity of the Peruvian Amazon.
This volunteer placement is for students looking to gain


Peruvian Amazon Wildlife Conservation Adventure

If you’re looking to experience the magic of the Amazon while helping protect its incredible biodiversity, this is the tour for you.
Visit the Rio Amazonas Research Station outside of


Croatia’s Alpine Lakes Discovery Full Day Tour

Get off the beaten Croatian tour track by spending the day in the high mountains visiting two lakes tucked along the border with Bosnia. After our alpine adventure, we’ll stop


Croatian River Loop Half Day Tour

Join a local scientist to get off Croatia’s beaten track and discover the hidden rivers of the Krka Valley.

510.00 Bird Watching Conservation over the Angofa Valley in Transylvania, Romania

Volunteer Placement: Wildlife Research and Sustainable Tourism Development in Transylvania

Project Summary
Step back in time to the Medieval landscapes of Transylvania, where bears and wolves still roam the hills around cobblestoned villages. We work with volunteers like you to

510.00 boat tours on rivers in krka national park croatia

Volunteer Placement: Sustainable Wildlife Management and Development in Krka National Park

Project Summary
Welcome to Croatia, one of Europe’s top tourist destinations for nature and culture. Join us to escape Croatia’s crowded tourist track and help protect the hidden treasures within