Work in Conservation of Native Species

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High­lights

Get to know one of the most amazing places on earth - The Galapagos Islands!
Help restore local habitat of the island's fragile ecosystem
Learn more about the interesting history of the Galapagos Islands
Make new friends from around the world while sharing with other international volunteers
Develop new intercultural skills while immersion into a new culture
​Be more than a tourist on Galapagos Islands and do something more than just taking exciting photos! Be a Volunteer and contribute to the conservation of local nature. This volunteer program is especially suitable for:
Age 18+
Singles
Couples
Families
Groups
50+

Be more than a mere tourist who travel to the Galapagos Islands every year only to take some exciting photos! Como to Galapagos to contribute to the conservation of natural habitats in this fragile ecosystem and help protect endemic flora and fauna. By volunteering on the Galapagos Islands, you also get involved in local communities and help with environmental education.

This volunteer project in the Galapagos Islands gives you the unique opportunity to spend several weeks on these famous islands.

The Galapagos Islands are home to around 500 native plant species, over 700 species have been introduced! The island of San Cristobal is located about 960 kilometers from the mainland in the Pacific. The Humboldt, Cromwell and Panama currents cross here, which means that the Galapagos Islands are extremely diverse. In recent decades, the Galapagos Islands have seen a higher birth rate and an increasing number of tourists. This led to a much higher demand for food and other products. Endimic nature and plants had to give way to agriculture and livestock farming! The Galapagos Islands, however, could not produce enough to meet the increasing demand. For this reason, the government had to allow imports from the mainland, which had fatal consequences. With the imports of (fresh) food and agricultural products came non-endemic species such as the blackberry (spreads very quickly) but also many plant pests on the island and threaten the native flora and fauna.

An important part of the volunteer project on the island of San Cristobal in the Galapagos is to counter the spread of these species in order to protect the local flora and fauna. The project is pursuing various approaches for this goal:

1. Eradicating imported plants

2. Reforestation of endemic plants

3. Promoting a sustainable lifestyle

4. Education of the population

5. Community work (construction work, environmental education, English lessons, etc.)

This volunteer project is your chance to get to know the Galapagos Islands the way normal tourists are not able to see. Help to preserve this unique spot on earth and to fight the problems of mass tourism.

Typical day

Volunteers on the Galapagos Islands are working to reverse the negative effects that the introduction of non-native plant species had on local flora. The previous volunteers have made a major contribution to current reforestation projects and the results can already be clearly seen. Introduced plants were carefully removed and endemic plants were first grown in the greenhouse and then transplanted outdoors.

The volunteers also support various development projects in local communities. Environmental education is very successful here.

The tasks of the volunteers are diverse and mainly have to do with the areas of reforestation, research and community work. Possible works are:

- Eradication of imported plants (Mora, Guayaba and Superroza)

- Forestation with native plants

- Working in the greenhouse and gardens (sowing native plants / planting fruits and vegetables)

- Supporting the local community (painting schools, cleaning of beaches and parks, etc.)

- Assistance in teaching English, computer skills, sports, etc.

Working in this volunteer project requires physical labor. But you will quickly notice how stress-relieving and good for the soul this can be!

To prevent people from working too hard during the hot midday hours, the working days in this volunteer project start early with a hearty breakfast at 6.30 a.m. When the work ends in the afternoon, the volunteers have time to explore the island, relax in the hammocks, chill out or stroll through the harbor.


​​Note: The tasks may vary. They depend on factors such as number of volunteers, weather, season, current needs of the project, as well as self-motivation. Not every volunteer may be fully involved in all these tasks.

Free-time activities

After a long day of hard work, evenings are quiet and volunteers usually spend them lounging in hammocks, chatting, listening to music, writing or reading. In your free time you can also go swimming, hiking and play sports. It's possible to do diving and snorkeling.

The local volunteer coordinators are always available for assistance and guidance for the volunteer projects and spare time activities. There are times when there are only two or three other volunteers, while on other occasions there are large groups, so be prepared for the variety of people that you will meet and work with.

The Galapagos Islands offer many opportunities for cultural activities and escapes into the nature. You have the possibility to observe the Island's endemic wildlife, animals that do not exist somewhere else!

You can do many water activities like swimming, snorkeling, kayak, surfing, diving and you can take boat trips to other islands.


Water Sports
Swimming
Sightseeing
Diving/
Snorkling
Shopping/
Souvenirs
Hiking
Museum/
Opera
Sports
Riding
Yoga/
Meditation

Require­ments

In order to join the program you need to be at least 18 years old on the program start date. There might be exemptions if you can provide the permission of your legal guardian(s) or if your are accompanied by your parents.
Language Skills
You need to speak Spanish (basic level) or English (intermediate level)
Required Documents
CV and volunteer questionnaire
Nationality Restrictions
No restrictions. Helping hands from all over the world are welcome.
Other Skills
There are no special skills requiered but be aware that the work is physically demanding.
Time Commitment
Your helping hand will be required on Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday and Friday

What's Included

Services by South America Inside
  1. Accommodation in Volunteer House (dormitory)
  2. Full board (3 meals / day)
  3. Consultation of our experienced staff
  4. Translation of application documents
  5. Placement in Volunteer Work Project
  6. Orientation session on arrival
  7. Orientation kit
  8. Local support
  9. 24/7-Emergency Number
  10. Advisery concerning adequate travel insurance
  11. Certificate of participation

  12. Please note
    Volunteers are responsible for bringing their own toiletries and towels. 
    Important: Migration and entrance fee Galapagos Islands approx. 120 USD, to be paid in cash when arriving at Galapagos Islands.

Accommodation

Volunteers live in the volunteer house in Puerto Baquerizo. Shared bedroom and bathrooms are available for the volunteers. Full board is provided. Internet access is available at the house.

Dorm Room
Food & Beverages

Full board is provided.

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. An airport pickup isn't included within the program fees either.
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.
Vaccines
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

NO CREDIT CARD FEES

Details on arrival

The volunteer work can be joined throughout the year. The start and end date can be set flexible, according to your availability and travel plans. Ask our experienced staff to coordinate your participation in this meaningfull volunteer project.

Volunteers need to start the program with an orientation session in Quito with the volunteer coordinator, before heading to the islands. Overnight stay (s) in Quito in a Homestay (single room, half-board) is included.

Availability
Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec
Duration
2 - 8 weeks

Program fees

Costs: Prices in USD
2 weeks (min. stay)
$1,230
3 weeks
$1,545
4 weeks
$1,860
5 weeks
$2,175
8 weeks (max. stay)
$3,120
Average fees
$503 /week

Please note that the above shown program fees are estimated. South America Inside 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 South America Inside during the application process. Common solutions are either via bank transfer or a cash payment at the project site.

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Work in Conservation of Native Species

​Be more than a tourist on Galapagos Islands and do something more than just taking exciting photos! Be a Volunteer and contribute to the conservation of local nature.

$503/week

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