Ecotourism Supporter in Galapagos National Park

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Dive into the ‘ecological lore’ of the Galapagos Islands.
Explore a biodiverse environment with endemic species, volcanic islands, and sweeping beaches.
Develop vital work and professional skills while taking on real responsibilities.
Work with the park’s local staff and meet visitors from different nationalities.
Contribute to efforts in protecting an exceptional and incredibly special place.
Work in the national park's communications department. Conduct surveys, generate statistical data, and create databases to help staff make important ecotourism decisions This volunteer program is especially suitable for:
Âge 18+
Seul voyageur
Couples
Familles
Groupes
50+

Role Overview

The Galapagos Islands are world-famous for their conservation efforts.  With rising tourism, the Galapagos National Park has an increased role to play in mitigating human impact on local flora and fauna while also fostering tourism and educating visitors to the island.  Learn about the balance between ecotourism and conservation, and conduct work that will help the park understand how to better serve tourists while also improving conservation efforts.  Most people who visit the Galapagos only do so by boat; come live on the islands to get a better understanding of the local community and their role in conservation and learn about the pressures of local and visiting populations on the ecosystem.  

As the ecotourism intern you will  work alongside local staff in the communications department at the Galapagos National Park.  You will gather information that will help the national park staff make important decisions to improve their ecotourism offerings. Work in our local park office and visit park sites on Isabela Island to conduct interviews and surveys with visitors to the park. Amalgamate data for park staff use to improve ecotourism on the island. This will include:

  • Running satisfaction questionnaires at visitor sites.
  • Generating statistical data.
  • Creating databases based on the surveys you administer.

Requirements:

  • Intermediate to advanced level of Spanish in order to communicate with fellow workers and visitors.

  • Ability to communicate and act with care and patience.

  • Ability to work independently as well as in a team.

  • Flexible schedule that accounts for the day to day needs of working with a local institution.

  • Physical ability to work outdoors with potentially high sun, element, and temperature exposure.

  • Ability to independently collect and register data.

  • Recommended to bring a laptop for data collection.

  • Closed-toed shoes recommended, and appropriate clothing to interface with international visitors.

Accommodation 

Accommodation is provided by one of our carefully selected host families or in our volunteer housing. In both types of housing, volunteers have their own room, a fan, bed, desk, dresser, and bathroom, as well as warm water and drinking water.  In our volunteer housing, breakfast is not included, but you have access to our fully equipped kitchen facilities to cover your needs. Lunch and dinner is provided at your choice of various restaurants in town, which are usually open-air seating with local cuisine. You simply sign for your meal and we’ll pick up the bill at the end of the month. 

Our host families have experience with outside culture and international living and provide an amazing immersion experience. All host family houses are nearby the IOI offices and the local schools in the beach town of Puerto Villamil. Homes are fairly simple, clean, and welcoming. You will have breakfast and dinner with your family. Lunch is at the above mentioned restaurants.  

We at IOI pair you with your host family, and we are available at any time to help if any issues arrive with  the restaurants, your host family, the volunteer site, if you get sick and need to visit the doctor, etc.

Participation Fee

The program fee is necessary to cover your cost of living and logistics. Our overhead is covered by other means so 100% of any funds that exceed your direct cost will go towards the project you participated in.

To book you need to pay a Reservation Deposit.
That deposit WILL BE DEDUCTED from your program fee.

What’s Included          

Cost includes food, full room and board, permits, Transient visa, local coordination and training at respective facility, local transport, full access to our facilities, etc.—everything minus personal expenses, travel insurance, and your airfare to Galápagos.

**To safeguard our host local communities, staff, and other participants, IOI requires all participants to be fully vaccinated within the past 12 months. If by your project start date it will have been over 12 months since your full-scheme vaccination, you will need to show proof of a COVID booster**

Journée Typique

Schedule

Schedules are based on a 25 hr/week commitment, and can voluntarily be extended to a regular 40hr/work week. Typically Monday-Friday 7:30AM-12:30PM. May be subject to change depending on the tasks at hand.

After breakfast with your homestay family or in our volunteer housing, you will start the morning at 7:30, either starting with surveys in the field or working from the park office on data entry.  Work may involve visiting volunteer sites, talking with tourists, collecting surveys, improving survey questions, and compiling data to help make program change decisions.

After work, have lunch in one of the restaurants we partner with - you choose where you want to go, sign in, and at the end of the month, we pick up the tab.  Enjoy local cuisine and have some time to explore, adventure, or relax on the beach.  Spend the rest of the afternoon playing volleyball, learning to cook local recipes with your host family (if you choose to stay with one), and watching the sunset from the beach.  

Activités de Loisir

On Galapagos you can live a Pacific Island life. This means you can choose between a lot of free time activities including surfing, soccer, beach volleyball, etc.

Sports Nautiques
Natation
Plongée /
plongée en apnée
Escalade
Safari /
Zoo
Randonnée
Des sports
Équitation
Yoga /
Méditation

Conditions

Pour participer à ce programme tu dois avoir au moins 18 ans quand le programme commence. Il peut y avoir des exceptions si tu peux montrer la permission de ton tuteur légal ou si tu es accompagné(e) par l'un de tes parents.
Compétences Linguistiques
Tu dois parler anglais (niveau moyen) et espagnol (niveau moyen)
Restrictions de Nationalité
Aucune restriction. De l'aide venant de tous les coins du monde est bienvenu.
Autres Compétences
- Intermediate to advanced level of Spanish in order to communicate with fellow workers and visitors.
- Ability to communicate and act with care and patience.
- Ability to work independently as well as in a team.
- Flexible schedule that accounts for the day to day needs of working with a local institution.
- Physical ability to work outdoors with potentially high sun, element, and temperature exposure.
- Ability to independently collect and register data
Engagement de Temps
Nous avons besoin de ton aide le lundi, mardi, mercredi, jeudi et vendredi de 07:30 - 12:30

Services inclus

Services de IOI - Empowering Galapagos

Cost includes food, full room and board, Transient visa, permits, local coordination and training at respective facility, local transport, full access to our facilities, etc.—everything minus personal expenses, travel insurance, and your airfare to Galápagos.


The program fee is necessary to cover your cost of living and logistics. Our overhead is covered by other means so 100% of any funds that exceed your direct cost will go towards the project you participated in.

Logement

Accommodation is provided by one of our carefully selected host families or in our volunteer housing. All our rooms have a private Bathroom, warm water, a fan, a bed, and a desk/dresser. Many of the host family housing include A/C. 

Aliments & Boissons

In our volunteer housing, breakfast is not included, but you have access to our fully equipped kitchen facilities to cover your needs. Lunch and dinner is provided at your choice of various restaurants in town. You simply sign for your meal and we’ll pick up the bill at the end of the month. 

Our host families have experience with outside culture and international living and provide an amazing immersion experience. You will have breakfast and dinner with your family. Lunch is at the above mentioned restaurants.

Accès à Internet
Bon accès sur le site du projet
NE SONT inclus dans le prix:
Visa, billets d'avion, assurance voyage ne sont PAS inclus dans les frais de programme. Le transfert de l'aéroport n'est pas inclus dans les frais non plus.
Billets d'avion
L'aéroport le plus proche est Baltra Airport (GPS) à Galapagos Islands. Nous t'aidons à trouver des vols pas chers pour aller en Équateur.
Assurance Voyage
Partir à l'étranger est une aventure et c'est toujours mieux d'être bien préparé. Que ce soit une maladie soudaine, une blessure ou du vol - une assurance voyage pour Équateur te protège en cas de situation imprévue.
Vaccins
Si tu envisages de faire du bénévolat en Équateur, nous te conseillons de consulter un médecin avant le début de ton voyage. Renseigne-toi sur les vaccins nécessaires pour Équateur.

Dates et Prix

PAS DE FRAIS DE CARTE DE CRÉDIT

Informations sur l'arrivée

Arrivals are on Mondays and departures are on Saturdays or Sundays. Project staff will pick you up and drop you off on these days. Please ensure this works with your travel plans.
Disponibilité
janv. févr. mars avril mai juin juil. août sept. oct. nov. déc.
Durée
2 - 12 sem

Frais de Programme

Frais: Prix en USD
2 sem (durée min.)
$1 700
3 sem
$2 200
4 sem
$2 700
5 sem
$3 200
6 sem
$3 700
7 sem
$4 200
12 sem (durée max.)
$6 700
Coût moyen
$704 /sem

Merci de noter que les prix ci-dessus sont des prix estimés et qu'ils sont soumis aux fluctuations des taux de change. IOI - Empowering Galapagos t'informera du prix final au cours du processus de candidature.
Acompte (15%)
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Montant Restant (85%)
Le paiement du montant restant doit être organisé avec IOI - Empowering Galapagos durant le processus de candidature. Très souvent ce paiement est effectué par virement bancaire ou en espèces.

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Ecotourism Supporter in Galapagos National Park

Work in the national park's communications department. Conduct surveys, generate statistical data, and create databases to help staff make important ecotourism decisions

$704/week

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