Work in Conservation of Native Species

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Coordinator | Marion
Coordinator | Marion


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
Help to restore habitats and native species, eradicate invasive plants and give environmental education to children and adults. This volunteer program is especially suitable for:
Age 18+

The project is located on the Galapagos Islands and it is dedicated to the conservation of local habitats, flora and fauna. The islands are home to 500 native and endemic plant species. You can enjoy some beautiful weeks on the Galapagos Islands thanks to this project.

50 hectare of native vegetation belong to the Biological Station in the highlands of the San Cristobal Island. The only project on the islands that combines environmental, community and social support, all for a better sustainability of the islands. Massive farming activities and the introduction of invasive plants and animals from the mainland endangered the native vegetation and wildlife.

The Biological Station was founded on San Cristobal Island in 2005. The founders have steadily worked towards the goal of reforestation through habitat re-composition and agro-forestry activities. One of the main objectives of this station is to develop methodological practices for natural system reconstruction that will serve as a model for similar projects in other reserves.

Volunteers have begun reforestation work, replacing exotic, invasive plants with native species. Furthermore, volunteers collaborate with local organizations in horse therapy to promote environmental conservation among young children from the island as well as motivate community members to plant local, rather than introduced, vegetation. Plans include the construction of a native plant corridor from the dry forest portion of the lowland reserve to the moist forest located in the highlands.

Typical day

Contribute to the conservation of local habitats, flora and fauna and make a difference in the environment and community. This project allows you to spend a few weeks on the beautiful Galapagos Islands while volunteering.Your volunteer work will have a positive impact on the local communities, battle invasive species, and you help adapt to the changing environment and its challenges.

Nature takes over when working in a place such as this, so you will get up early each morning to start work and usually have a break in the middle of the day to relax and recuperate, before continuing with the work in the afternoon. Volunteers should be prepared to work Monday through Friday from around 8:30 am to 12:00 pm, and from 2:00 pm to 5:00 pm (schedule subject to changes). Daily work could include any of the following: eliminating introduced/invasive species, restoring native and endemic species, assisting in community projects, and working in organic agricultural projects.

In addition, the project mentors children from INFA, the National Child and Family Institute, working with them in the horse therapy program, gardening, environmental education, and fieldtrips to the Biological Station. Horse therapy, often known as equine-assisted therapy, is a type of physical therapy using a horse to address functional limitations, impairments, and disabilities in individuals with neuromusculoskeletal dysfunction. 

With the movement of the horse, an individual is able to passively experience the motion, which is believed to help simulate and stimulate human movement. The therapy’s primary purpose is to develop balance, body awareness, and muscle tone by responding and interacting submissively to the horse’s movement. The hippo therapy program works with disabled children from the local community on Galapagos Islands.

The days are long and hard, so volunteers should be prepared for hot and physical, yet rewarding, work. Volunteers are free to explore the port town and discover the island’s many tourist attractions in the evenings after work and on the weekends.

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


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
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. Consultation of our experienced staff
  3. Translation of application documents
  4. Placement in Volunteer Work Project
  5. Orientation session on arrival
  6. Orientation kit
  7. Local support
  8. 24/7-Emergency Number
  9. Airport pick-up upon arrival on San Cristobal Island
  10. Advisery concerning adequate travel insurance
  11. Flight booking service (optional and for free)
  12. Certificate of participation

  13. Please note
    Volunteers are responsible for bringing their own toiletries and towels, as well as food and drinks. One advantage of living on the station is the abundance of fresh fruit, milk and coffee from the surrounding areas. It is however necessary to purchase purified drinking water. The nearest town, El Progreso, is a 30 minute walk or a 10 minute taxi ride. The port town of Baquerizo Moreno is 20 minutes away in taxi. In both towns, you have access to the internet and the opportunity to make international phone calls.

    Important: Migration and entrance fee Galapagos Islands approx. 120 USD, to be paid in cash when arriving at Galapagos Islands.

Airport Pickup at San Cristobal Airport

A member of the staff from the project will come to pick you up at the airport in San Cristobal and take you to the project.


You live and work at the volunteer house at the station. A full-equipped kitchen, bathroom and showers with hot water are available. In each bedroom there is space for up to four volunteers. The beds have sheets and mosquito nets. Cleaning and maintenance supplies are provided for the up keep of the house. 

Dorm Room
Internet Access
Limited access at the project site
What's NOT included?
Visa, flights, travel insurance or vaccinations are NOT included in the program fees. Food, snacks or beverages are at extra costs.
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

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.

Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec
2 - 3 weeks

Program fees

Costs: Prices in USD
2 weeks (min. stay)
$ 670
3 weeks (max. stay)
$ 800
Average fees
$ 301 /week

Please note that the above shown program fees are estimated and subject to exchange rate fluctuations. 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

Help to restore habitats and native species, eradicate invasive plants and give environmental education to children and adults.


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