Conservation and Community Work (50+)

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Coordinator | Bethany
Coordinator | Bethany
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Explore the Galapagos, do conservation volunteer work and help local communities with a group your age.
Help us promote conservation and sustainability of the Galapagos.
Run educational workshops for the local community.
Work with a group and go on an exciting weekend trip together.
Explore the island and expand your horizons.
Travel to the Galapagos Islands with a group your age and do hands-on conservation and community work. This volunteer program is especially suitable for:
Age 25+

Have you always dreamed of visiting the fascinating Galapagos islands? Are you passionate about conservation and sustainability? Are you over 50? Then our Conservation & Community Work Grown-up Special is perfect for you!

You don’t need any prior experience in either conservation or community work. All you need is enthusiasm, a willingness to work hard, and an adventurous spirit.

This project was designed for volunteers over the age of 50. We have a set itinerary in place and our staff are there every step of the way for guidance and support. At the same time, there will also be enough leisure time to do some exploration on your own, or with the rest of the group.

Use your time as a volunteer in Ecuador to immerse yourself in nature and support the community. It’s sure to leave you feeling connected and rejuvenated!

Typical day

Conservation work in Ecuador for seniors is divided into two parts. You will spend one week supporting our conservation initiatives in the Galapagos National Park. Another week will be spent doing basic renovation work in the local community. You’ll help with these activities:

  • Work with conservationists at the Galapagos National Park
  • Run educational workshops in the local community to raise awareness about conservation
  • Help with basic renovation work in the local community
  • Explore the island and expand your horizons

Your work will focus mainly on the following:

Work in Galapagos National Park

The Galapagos Islands are one of the most species-rich regions on earth. Due to their isolation, they are home to many unique species of flora and fauna. You will work closely with the Galapagos National Park during your conservation work, assisting on various important ongoing research projects.

The park is understaffed because of a lack of funding. Because of this, it’s difficult for staff to do a lot of the research needed by themselves. As an extra pair of helping hands, you’ll help them with collecting data during surveys. This is important work, as the results are used to advise the Ministry of Environment for policy-making.

You might get involved in removal of alien plant species, reforestation of areas with indigenous plants, and monitoring animal populations.

Run educational workshops for the local community

Another important aspect of your volunteer work is to raise awareness about the importance of conservation in the local community. You can do this through running educational workshops about the projects you’re helping out with in the national park. Alternatively, you can arrange something a little more interactive, such as a beach clean-up.

Help with basic renovation in the local community

Your main role during the community part of your placement in Ecuador will be to take part in basic renovation activities. These activities include renovating and painting classrooms, painting murals, and playground maintenance.

Free-time activities

Explore the island and expand your horizons

You will have plenty of free time to spend with the other volunteers. To ensure you make the most of your stay, a few exciting activities have been planned for you. This includes a trip to one or two of the neighbouring islands and a tour of the various sites in the Galapagos.

Living on the island also provides a great opportunity to speak Spanish, if you're interested in improving or picking up some language skills.



In order to join the program you need to be at least 25 years old on the program start date.
Language Skills
You need to speak English (basic level)
Nationality Restrictions
No restrictions. Helping hands from all over the world are welcome.
Time Commitment
Your helping hand will be required on Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday and Friday

What's Included

Services by Projects Abroad
  • Accommodation

  • Food (three meals a day)

  • Airport pick-up and drop-off

  • Full induction and orientation by an experienced staff member on arrival

  • Transport to and from your work placement

  • In-country support and 24-hour back-up from our team of full-time local staff

  • Emergency assistance from our international emergency response team

  • Training and workshops from our experienced local staff

  • Project equipment and materials, including access to our database with thousands of resources

  • Regular social events and community activities with other volunteers and interns

  • Access to our local office with internet connection

  • Certification of project completion

  • A cultural awareness course

  • Membership to our volunteer social media groups, to share information and to get in touch

  • Organised weekend tourism trips

Airport Pickup at San Cristobal Airport
You’ll arrive at San Cristobal Island Airport (SCY), and a friendly Projects Abroad staff member will be there to pick you up. The airport is very close to the town of Puerto Baquerizo Moreno, where our projects are based. It’s only about a five-minute drive from the airport to our local office. The cost of the airport transfer is covered by us, as part of your placement fee.

You will be based on the Island of San Cristobal and stay with a local host family.

You'll share accommodation with other Projects Abroad volunteers and interns during your stay in San Cristóbal. This is a great way to get to know your fellow volunteers and interns, share experiences, and explore your surroundings in your free time together. You can also request to stay with a host family in San Cristóbal.

The accommodation is safe, clean, and comfortable. 

Guest Family
Food & Beverages
Your programme fees include three meals a day.
Internet Access
Good access at the project site
What's NOT included?
Visa, flights, travel insurance or vaccinations are NOT included in the program fees.
Flight Tickets
The nearest airport is San Cristobal Airport (SCY) in San Cristobal. We assist you to find cheap flights to Ecuador.
Travel Insurance
Going abroad is an adventure and it is always best to be prepared. Sudden illness or injury, cancellation or theft - a travel insurance for Ecuador provides security and is a plus to have.
If you are intending to volunteer in Ecuador you should seek medical advice before starting your social journey. Check your required vaccinations for Ecuador.

Dates & Fees


Details on arrival

This program has fixed start dates throughout the year:

01 November 2020 to 14 November 2020 - 2 Weeks
21 February 2021 to 06 March 2021 - 2 Weeks
31 October 2021 to 13 November 2021 - 2 Weeks

Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec
2 - 2 weeks

Program fees

Costs: Prices in USD
2 weeks (min. stay)
2 weeks (max. stay)
Average fees
$1,487 /week

The organization charges its fees in GBP. The price table in USD is subject to currency fluctuation. Projects Abroad will let you know about the final price during your application process.
Deposit (15%)
The deposit is simply to reserve your volunteer placement. Payments are handled by PayPal, our trusted global payment provider. If you don't have a PayPal account, you can also pay using a credit card.
Final Payment (85%)
Your final payment will be agreed with Projects Abroad during the application process. Common solutions are either via bank transfer or a cash payment at the project site.

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Conservation and Community Work (50+)

Travel to the Galapagos Islands with a group your age and do hands-on conservation and community work.


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