Conservation of local habitats

Help to restore habitats and native species, eradicate invasive plants and give environmental education to children and adults.

The project

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.

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Suitable for


Program Requirements

Minimum Age
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).
Language Skills
You need to speak Spanish (basic level) and English (basic level)
Nationality Restrictions
No restrictions. Helping hands from all over the world are welcome.
Other Skills
There are no special skills requiered but be aware that the work is physically demanding.
Time Commitment
Your helping hand will be required on Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday and Friday from 09:00 - 17:00

Any questions? Just ask. We at South America Inside are happy to help you.

Free-time activities

In your free time you can go swimming, hiking and play sports. It's also possible to do diving and snorkeling.



What's included?
Consultation of our experienced staff | Translation of application documents | Placement in Volunteer Work Project | Orientation session on arrival | Orientation kit | Local support | 24h-Emergency Number | Accommodation | Airport pick-up | Advisery concerning adequate travel insurance | Flight booking service (optional and for free) | Certificate of participation | Application fee
What's NOT included?
Visa, flights, travel insurance or vaccinations are NOT included in the program fees.

No worries, Volunteer World supports you in raising funds, checking your visa regulations and travel insurance. We also assist you in finding the cheapest flights for your journey.
Airport Pickup

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.

Dorm Room
Internet Access
Limited access at the project site
Costs (Prices in USD)
2 weeks (min. stay)
3 weeks
4 weeks
5 weeks
6 weeks (max. stay)

You can volunteer at the project site in San Cristobal Island/Ecuador between 2 weeks and 6 weeks. Please note that the above shown program fees are estimated and subject to exchange rate fluctuations. South America Inside will tell you your final price during your application process.
Average Fees
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 South America Inside during the application process. Common solutions are either via bank transfer or a cash payment at the project site.

Get ready to volunteer in Ecuador

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Visa Regulations
Depending on your nationality, you have to arrange your visa for Ecuador. Please check the visa regulations for Ecuador.
Travel Seasons
Find out the best time to volunteer in Ecuador and receive information on weather and climatic conditions.
Living Costs
Living costs vary with each destination. We give an overview of what you should plan as an estimated budget to volunteer in Ecuador.
Generally, volunteering abroad involves certain costs. In case you need financial support, we will assist you to fundraise your volunteer program in Ecuador.

What's next?

The nearest airport is San Cristobal (SCY) in Puerto Baquerizo Moreno. We assist you to find cheap flights to Ecuador.
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 Ecuador provides security and is a plus to have.
Vaccine Checker
If you are intending to volunteer in Ecuador you should seek medical advice before starting your social journey. Check your required vaccinations for Ecuador.
What can you do in leisure-time in Ecuador while you are not working at your volunteer opportunity?
Galapagos, San Cristobal Island, Ecuador

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