Ecotourism Supporter in Galapagos National Park

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High­lights

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:
Leeftijd 18+
Alleenstaanden
Koppels
Families
Groepen
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 yourself, our host local communities, staff, and other participants, IOI requires all participants to show proof of having received a full dose COVID vaccination.**

Dagelijkse activiteiten

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.  

Vrijetijdsactiviteiten

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.

Watersport
Zwemmen
Duiken/
Snorkelen
Klimmen
Safari/
Zoo
Wandelen
Sport
Paardrijden
Yoga/
Meditatie

Voor­waarden

Om deel te nemen aan het programma dien je tenminste 18 jaar oud te zijn op de startdatum van het programma. Er kunnen uitzonderingen gemaakt worden indien je een bewijs van toestemming kan aantonen van uw wettelijke voogd(en) of samen met je ouders deelneemt.
Taalkennis
Je dient over volgende taalkennis te beschikken Engels (gemiddeld niveau) ou Spaans (gemiddeld niveau)
Nationaliteitsbeperkingen
Geen beperkingen. Helpende handen van over de hele wereld zijn welkom.
Andere vaardigheden
- 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
Tijdsinzet
Uw helpende hand wordt verwacht op maandag, dinsdag, woensdag, donderdag en vrijdag van 07:30 - 12:30

Diensten ingesloten

Diensten door 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.

Accomodatie

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. 

Eten & Drank

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.

Internet toegang
Makkelijke toegang op de project site
Wat is er NIET inbegrepen?
Visum, vluchten, reisverzekering en vaccinaties zijn NIET inbegrepen in de programmakosten. Afhaling van de luchthaven is ook niet inbegrepen in de programmakosten.
Vlucht tickets
De dichtste luchthaven is Baltra Airport (GPS) in Galapagos Islands. We assisteren u met het vinden van goedkope vluchten naar Ecuador.
Reisverzekering
Naar het buitenland reizen is een avontuur en het is best om goed voorbereid te zijn. Plots ziek worden of gewond raken, annulaties of diefstal - een reisverzekering voor Ecuador biedt zekerheid en is een meerwaarde.
Vaccinaties
Als je de intentie hebt om als vrijwilliger aan de slag te gaan in Ecuador dien je eerst medisch advies in te winnen alvorens je eropuit trekt. Kijk de benodigde vaccinaties na voor Ecuador.

Data & Kosten

GEEN CREDITCARDKOSTEN

Gegevens over jouw aankomst

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.
Beschikbaarheid
jan. feb. mrt. apr. mei jun. jul. aug. sep. okt. nov. dec.
Duurtijd
2 - 12 weken

Programmakosten

Kosten: Prijs in USD
2 weken (min. verblijf)
$1.700
3 weken
$2.200
4 weken
$2.700
5 weken
$3.200
6 weken
$3.700
7 weken
$4.200
12 weken (max. verblijf)
$6.700
Gemiddelde kosten
$704 /week

Houd er rekening mee dat de hierboven getoonde kosten worden geschat. IOI - Empowering Galapagos zal je op de hoogte houden over de finale kostprijs gedurende uw aanmeldprocedure.
Waarborg (15%)
De waarborg dient om je plek als vrijwilliger te verzekeren. Betalingen worden door PayPal behandeld, onze betrouwbare betalingsprovider. Indien je niet over een PayPal account beschikt, kan je ook met een credit kaart betalen.
Finale betaling (85%)
Uw finale betaling zal worden goedgekeurd door IOI - Empowering Galapagos gedurende de aanmeld procedure. Veel voorkomende oplossingen zijn een banktransfer of contante betaling op de projectsite.

Waarom Volunteer World

Bijkomende zekerheid geboden door Volunteer World
Volunteer World is 's werelds leidende vergelijkingsplatform voor internationale vrijwilligerswerk projecten. Wij begeleiden jou door een betrouwbare aanmeldingsprocedure - inclusief de nodige betalingen. Plan jouw zinvolle reis met Volunteer World en krijg gratis toegang tot:
Kwaliteitsgarantie
Hoge ethische standaarden & transparantie in de sociale impact
Flex-optie
Wijzig jouw reservatie zonder extra meerkost
Garantie op terugbetaling
We betalen je kosten terug als IOI - Empowering Galapagos jouw reis annuleert
Ondersteuning & tussenkomst
Wij steunen je, wat er ook gebeurt, je kan altijd contact opnemen met ons
Onze diensten zijn gratis!
Alle programmakosten worden rechtstreeks gefactureerd door IOI - Empowering Galapagos

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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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