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Join­ing a con­ser­va­tion or study project abroad can pro­vide use­ful ex­pe­ri­ence but it pays to re­search the or­gan­i­sa­tion and pro­gramme be­fore you com­mit, par­tic­u­larly as costs can be high. Rep­utable or­gan­i­sa­tions are clear about the goals of each project, where your money will be spent and how your work ben­e­fits wildlife, habi­tats or com­mu­ni­ties. One rec­om­mended out­fit is the Earth­watch In­sti­tute ( earth­watch.org), which runs wildlife and ecosys­tem re­search and con­ser­va­tion ex­pe­di­tions last­ing for as lit­tle as a week all over the globe. GVI ( www.gvi.co.

uk) has con­ser­va­tion projects in Greece, Thai­land and Costa Rica you can join for be­tween two and 24 weeks. Trips with Bio­sphere Ex­pe­di­tions ( www.bio­sphere­ex­pe­di­tions.org) range from seven to 13 days and might in­volve cam­era-trap­ping tigers in Su­ma­tra or wolves in Ger­many. Op­er­a­tion Wal­lacea ( op­wall.com) has a strong aca­demic bent and or­gan­ises ex­pe­di­tions in Europe and North Amer­ica.

Join an in­ter­na­tional con­ser­va­tion project and study ex­otic an­i­mals in their nat­u­ral habi­tat.

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