Help to restore habitats and native species, eradicate invasive plants and give environmental education to children and adults.
The project is located on the Galapagos Islands and its 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, that is the Biological Station on 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. Farming activities and the introduction of invasive plants and animals from the mainland limited the native highland forests.
In 2005 the Biological Station was founded and started immediatley to build field lodgings and plant nurserys. In the past few years the founders and the staff worked in reforestation by habitat re-composition and agro-forestry activities. The development of methodological practices for natural system reconstruction is one main objectives of the station.
Your tasks at the project
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. You work in reforestation and you help to replace exotic, invasive plants with native species.
In collaboration with local local Instituto Nacional del Niño y la Familia (INFA), or the National Child and Family Institute you participate in environmental educacion and Hippo therapy for children from the island. Its part of your work to motivate community members to plant local vegetation.
Volunteers work from Monday to Friday, work starts at 8:30 am until 12:00 pm. After two houres of lunch break you get back to work from 2:00 pm to 5:00 pm (schedule subject to changes). On a daily basis you will have to do the following tasks: eliminate introduced/invasive species, restore native and endemic species, assist in community projects, and work in organic agricultural projects.
Be prepared for hot and physical, yet rewarding, work. On your free-time your able to explore the town and see more of the island’s tourist attractions.
In your free time you can go swimming, hiking and play sports. It's also possible to do diving and snorkeling.
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. Volunteers are responsible for bringing their own toiletries and towels, as well as food and drinks.