Work in Conservation of Native Species

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opgericht in 2003
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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:
Leeftijd 18+
Alleenstaanden
Koppels
Families
Groepen
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.

Dagelijkse activiteiten

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.

Vrijetijdsactiviteiten

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.


Duiken/
Snorkelen
Wandelen
Museum/
Opera
Paardrijden
Shoppen/
Souvenirs
Bezienswaardigheden
Sport
Zwemmen
Watersport
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 Spaans (gemiddeld niveau)
Vereiste documenten
CV en volunteer questionnaire
Nationaliteitsbeperkingen
Geen beperkingen. Helpende handen van over de hele wereld zijn welkom.
Andere vaardigheden
There are no special skills requiered but be aware that the work is physically demanding.
Tijdsinzet
Uw helpende hand wordt verwacht op maandag, dinsdag, woensdag, donderdag en vrijdag

Diensten ingesloten

Diensten door South America Inside
  1. Shared room in Volunteer House
  2. Full board
  3. Airport pick-up in Quito and 1 overnight stay in Quito
  4. Introduction meeting in Quito
  5. Airport drop off in Quito for flight to the Galapagos Islands
  6. Airport pick-up on San Cristobal Island
  7. Issuing the permit to stay on the Galapagos Islands
  8. Permission to stay on Galapagos as a volunteer
  9. Professional English-speaking advice
  10. Translation of your application documents
  11. Volunteer Work Placement on the Galapagos Islands
  12. English-speaking in-country support
  13. Country handbook Ecuador
  14. Intercultural guideline
  15. 24/7 emergency number
  16. Information about suitable travel health insurance
  17. Certificate of participation

  18. Important, please note:
    1. Volunteers are responsible for bringing their own toiletries and towels. 
    2. Migration and entrance fee Galapagos Islands approx. 120 USD, to be paid in cash when arriving at Galapagos Islands.
    3. The minimum duration is 2 weeks + 1 day. This means 1 day in Quito upon arrival with overnight stay and 2 weeks on the Island.
Afhaal aan de luchthaven op San Cristobal Airport


Accomodatie

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.

If big groups of volunteers are on site, the volunteers live in the large volunteer house in the small farming community of Recinto la Soledad, about 11 km from Puerto Baquerizo.

Slaapzaal
Eten & Drank

Full board is provided.

Internet toegang
Makkelijke toegang op de project site
Wat is er NIET inbegrepen?
Visum, vluchten, reisverzekering en vaccinaties zijn NIET inbegrepen in de programmakosten.
Vlucht tickets
De dichtste luchthaven is San Cristobal Airport (SCY) in San Cristobal. 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

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.

Beschikbaarheid
jan. feb. mrt. apr. mei jun. jul. aug. sep. okt. nov. dec.
Duurtijd
2 - 8 weken

Programmakosten

Kosten: Prijs in USD
2 weken (min. verblijf)
$1.445
3 weken
$1.820
4 weken
$2.195
5 weken
$2.570
8 weken (max. verblijf)
$3.695
Gemiddelde kosten
$592 /week

Houd er rekening mee dat de hierboven getoonde kosten worden geschat. South America Inside 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 South America Inside 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 South America Inside 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 South America Inside

Wat vertellen de mensen over Volunteer World?

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.

$592/week

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