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Volunteer on a range of environmental and community development projects on Isabela island, Galapagos. Join a dynamic team of volunteers and local staff while giving back to the community in the Galapagos islands. This Galapagos volunteer programme forms
Location:
Guayaquil, Ecuador
Program Type:
Volunteer Abroad
Degree Level:
Undergraduate
Work Types:
Education, Environment, Health
Duration:
1-3 months

Program Overview

Program Description:
Volunteer on a range of wildlife conservation, environmental and community development projects on Isabela island, Galapagos. Join a dynamic team of volunteers and local staff while giving back to the community in the Galapagos islands. You can volunteer in Galapagos for between 2 and 12 weeks, and we have places available throughout the year. Individuals, groups and students are all welcome. Cost for food, accommodation, equipment, programme materials and training, visas, & project related travel starts from £970.

Volunteer on a range of environmental and community development projects on Isabela island, Galapagos. Join a dynamic team of volunteers and local staff while giving back to the community in the Galapagos islands. This Galapagos volunteer programme forms part of a wider comprehensive approach to developmental aid in Galapagos. Volunteers in Galapagos can help to care for giant tortoises, reforest local areas, protect endemic wildlife, teach English to children, or work in the local hospital. During your free time you can snorkel with penguins and sea lions, and enjoy living in a town filled with friendly locals and active volcanoes. There is much to learn and discover as a volunteer in Galapagos, where volunteers can explore the natural scenery of the islands and get immersed in the local community, while gaining cross-cultural experiences and building valuable skills.

Our mission is to enhance conservation through education and social development on an intimate, ground level. The human factor is key to making any progress locally, and that’s where our project comes in. Here on Isabela, the local population approaches 3,000, and the need for conservation, education, and social development is increasing. It is our mission to work in the rural island of Isabela to generate educational, economic, and social benefits for the community of Puerto Villamil. The volunteer project itself is part of a larger, comprehensive approach to providing developmental aid in the Galapagos. Other programmes we run in the community include technical assistance and financial aid to local authorities and institutions, as well as our ‘familias embajadores del buen vivir’ (ambassadors of good living), where local families participate in classes and seminars related towards community needs.
Setting Description:
The Galápagos Islands are one of the most renowned oceanic archipelagos in the world. Owing their origins to volcanic activity, the islands are located on the equator 600 miles off the coast in the Pacific Ocean and today are a province of Ecuador. Wildlife abounds above and below the sea surface here, and most of the plants, animals, and other forms of biodiversity are endemic, found nowhere else on the planet. In addition to this biodiversity, the islands host a human population of around 30,000 inhabitants. The archipelago consists of 13 main islands, 6 smaller islands, and 107 rocks and islets. The islands themselves are the tips of giant, basaltic underwater volcanoes.
Cost:
The cost to join for a 2 week Galapagos volunteer project is £970, 3 weeks is £1300, 4 weeks is £1560, 5 weeks is £1760, 6 weeks is £1960, 7 weeks is £2120, 8 weeks is £2220, 9 weeks is £2320, 10 weeks is £2420, 11 weeks is £2520 and 12 weeks is £2620. Your project cost includes full room and board (3 meals a day) throughout your project, all permits, visas, local coordination and training at respective facilities, local project-related transport, full access to our facilities, National Park c

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