Conservation of Nature

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Coordinator | Aldert
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Contribute to the Galapagos Islands by controlling and eradicating invasive species and plant endemic plant species.
Discover both the unique archipelago and at the same time contribute to conserving its breath-taking biodiversity.
Help setting up instructive workshops on the local environment and the importance of protecting the indigenous species and creating awareness of this issue among locals.
Visit the Isabela, Santa Cruz and other islands with diving and snorkeling tours.
Collecting seeds, preparing the soil for planting and producing seeds.
This project on San Cristóbal, one of the Galapagos Islands, gives you the opportunity to admire both the beautiful archipelago and at the same time help to protect it. This volunteer program is especially suitable for:
Age 18+
Cadeiras de Roda

The Galapagos Islands are an archipelago of islands scattered in the Pacific Ocean on either side of the equator. Politically, they are part of Ecuador, but they are situated about 1000 kilometres from the west coast of South America. Here you come face to face with wildlife that you will not encounter anywhere else in the world. Because the animals do not have natural enemies, people can easily approach them. In 1835 Charles Darwin arrived on the islands. His theory of evolution is in part based on the animals, plants and fossils he encountered on the Galapagos islands. In short, this is a must-see destination that never fails to amaze visitors. Those who decide to travel there do have to pay for the privilege, but general consensus is that it is well worth the investment!

Today, the Galapagos Islands are threatened by the exponential growth of tourism and local population. As a result, many plant species have been introduced into the fragile local ecosystem. The conservation project on San Cristóbal island therefore aims to preserve the native plant species and to minimize the impact of invasive new plant species in this unique and vulnerable environment.

As a volunteer you will stay with a host family or in a volunteer house, and work together with the locals in the urban and rural areas of the town of Puerto Ayora and surroundings. On the weekends you are free to explore the rest of the amazing Galapagos Islands.

  • Control and eradicate invasive species and plant endemic plant species;
  • Working in the greenhouse;
  • Help setting up instructive workshops on the local environment and the importance of protecting the indigenous species and creating awareness of this issue among locals;
  • Collecting seeds, preparing the soil for planting and producing seeds;
  • Help taking care of the local population’s gardens;
  • Collaborate with local farmers when building infrastructure around the farms to make these self-sufficient , and exchange ideas about organic farming techniques.

Typical day

During the mornings, from 07.30-13.30, the volunteers are expected to work on the ‘Hacienda de Esperanza’ (Ranch of Hope). Here you help to preserve the nature of the San Cristόbal highlandsInvasive species of plants are a huge problem here, so much of the work consists of eliminating these plants with machetes. Depending on the needs, there is variation in the work; other days volunteers go to plant small native plants, or work in the local greenhouse.

In certain occasions, the local coordinator have the chance to take you up to the tortoise rescue center, where you can feed the giant Galapagos Turtoises. The work can be sometimes a bit physical and a little rough, but it will take you to places where tourists will never come and you contribute to the preservation of this beautiful island. Usually, the volunteers enjoy the afternoon and weekends off.

Free-time activities

Volunteers have free time in the afternoon and on the weekend to explore the incredible Galapagos Islands and admire the breath-taking biodiversity. Local guides offer snorkeling and diving activities as well as surfing courses and island hopping tours.

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 English (intermediate level)
Criminal Background Check
Nationality Restrictions
No restrictions. Helping hands from all over the world are welcome.
Time Commitment
Your helping hand will be required on Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday and Friday from 07:30 - 13:30

Serviços incluídos

Services by Foundation Local Dreamers

The mentioned costs involve room, board, airport pickup and preperation & guidance as well as a one-time contribution towards the project.

Airport Pickup at San Cristobal Airport

When you arrive at airport Mariscal Sucre near Quito, our driver José Luis will be waiting for you at the gate. We always provide him with some pictures of you, so he will for sure recognize you. Together with José Luis you will make a one-hour drive to our office in the centre of Quito. At the office, one of our coordinators will welcome you and show you arround in the neighborhood. After a little small talk we will bring you to your host family/ the volunteer house where you have all the time to recover from your flight.

Depending on what we agreed on, you will make your trip to Galapagos from Quito fairly soon after arrival or you will first stay with us in the capital for a while. PLEASE NOTE: transport to and from the Galapagos Islands is not included in the price.


On the Galapagos Islands you will stay with a host family.

Food & Beverages

Our host families provide a daily breakfast and dinner, which is included in the price. All our families are happy to introduce you to the Ecuadorian cuisine, and will provide you with varied meals. In the evening they prepare a warm meal, with plenty of vegetables and meat. They also like to take into account any allergies or vegetarian requirements, please let us know during your application.

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.
Flight Tickets
The nearest airport is San Cristobal Airport (SCY) in San Cristobal. We assist you to find cheap flights to Equador.
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 Equador provides security and is a plus to have.
If you are intending to volunteer in Equador you should seek medical advice before starting your social journey. Check your required vaccinations for Equador.

Datas & Custos


Details on arrival

Feel free to join us in every time of the year, our projects are open during the whole year. We don't have specific arrival days, just search your most ideal flight. Our coordinators are available to welcome you on every day of the week, also during the weekend.

Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec
1 - 50 weeks

Program fees

Costs: Prices in USD
1 week (min. stay)
2 weeks
3 weeks
4 weeks
8 weeks
16 weeks
50 weeks (max. stay)
Average fees
$671 /week

Por favor, note que as taxas acima indicadas são estimadas. Foundation Local Dreamers informará o candidato sobre o preço final durante o processo de candidatura.
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 Foundation Local Dreamers during the application process. Common solutions are either via bank transfer or a cash payment at the project site.

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Reembolsamos suas despesas caso Foundation Local Dreamers cancele sua viagem
Apoio & Mediação
Nós cobrimos suas costas, não importa o que aconteça.
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Todas as despesas do programa são cobradas diretamente por Foundation Local Dreamers.

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Conservation of Nature

This project on San Cristóbal, one of the Galapagos Islands, gives you the opportunity to admire both the beautiful archipelago and at the same time help to protect it.


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