Program Details

The Hacienda Tranquila local staff and volunteers from over 15 countries worldwide are proud of the diverse range of environmental accomplishments that they have pioneered during its four years of operation. These accomplishments include reforestation of
Location:
Guayaquil, Ecuador
Program Type:
Volunteer Abroad
Degree Level:
Undergraduate
Work Types:
Environment, Social Services
Duration:
1-3 months

Program Overview

Program Description:
This Hacienda is a volunteering project on the San Cristobal Island, founded in 2004. Its mission is to improve the environmental and social situation of the Galapagos. You as a volunteer could become a part of it and help to translate this mission into action. The Hacienda offers different projects to volunteers. All of those projects are within the scope of environment and community. They are focused on different tasks, such as: •Reforestation: Help to restore native and endemic forests •Carbon sequestration: Help to plant more than 750 trees and realize the capture of 191 tons of CO2 from the atmosphere each year •Working with Children: Take care of local children and help to give them environmental education •Hippo Therapy: Assist in therapeutically horseback riding lessons and help handicapped children •Agriculture: Help to recover abandoned farms of local families, so that they can supply with organic products and increase the local production of fresh fruits and vegetables •Community water access: Maintenance of the eight kilometers long pipeline which, provides clean water for the community •Self and Community-Sustainability: The volunteers maintain their own organic garden, milk their own cows, and grow, dry and roast their own coffee. They produce more than they consume, so they donate the remainder to INFA

The Hacienda Tranquila local staff and volunteers from over 15 countries worldwide are proud of the diverse range of environmental accomplishments that they have pioneered during its four years of operation. These accomplishments include reforestation of 150 hectares of highly vulnerable abandoned agricultural land; helped 50 farmers remove invasive species from their lands; replaced an aging eight km water pipeline for the community; refurbished an elementary school; sequestered 191 tons of carbon; and provided an educational and therapeutic outdoor escape for 180 disadvantaged children on the San Cristobal Island, Galapagos.

Internship placement and support * Accomodation * Common kitchen * Airport pickup
Setting Description:
There is so much beauty in the Galápagos - the Hacienda itself, and its surrounding lands, afford incredible mountain biking and horseback riding. The Galapaguera, home of many giant Galapagos tortoises, is just a taxi ride away. Kayaking along the coast is beautiful. You can get out and snorkel whenever you wish, and you will see many frigate birds, masked boobies, blue footed boobies, pelicans, sea lions, marine iguanas, and possibly sea turtles.
Cost:
Application fee - US$ 80 Program cost for 2 weeks – US$ 350 Program cost for 4 weeks – US$ 600 Additional weeks - US$ 150

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