Habitat Restoration Worker

Help to eradicate some invasive flora, fixing paths, planting local species

The project

This volunteer program is located in the high part of San Cristobal Island, which is one of four populated islands of the Galapagos. This island has a lot to offer such as banks, ATMs, cafes, restaurants, internet, shops, travel agencies and many places where full days tours are regularly offered.

The projects main focus is on the eradication of invasive flora this is done by cutting plants such as blackberry and planting native species to these lands. Invasive plants are causing a series of problems to the islands, they are overtaking areas which were once covered by native plants, and local wildlife depend on the native plants to eat and live off. Due to the very fragile ecosystem volunteers are needed for year round maintenance that will preserve the island. 


The work 

This volunteer project works to maintain the current infrastructure of the island including trails and fences, this is very important due to the number of tourists that visit the Galapagos islands. 

On a typical working day you will be: Maintaining trails and fences, assisting in taking tourists on educational tours, collect samples from surrounding areas, care for the vegetable garden, maintenance of kitchen and volunteer house.

In this project you will be given the opportunity to work in one of the worlds most famous travel destinations, while also helping sustain the ecosystem. It is a very rewarding opportunity which requires a positive attitude in order to help make work a fun environment!

Suitable for

Singles

Program Requirements

Minimum Age
18 years
Language Skills
You need to speak English (fluently) and Spanish (basic level)
Education Requirements
at High School level
Time Commitment
Your helping hand will be required on Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday and Friday from 08:00 - 16:00

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Habitat Restoration Worker Meet new people Assist in tours Help the Ecosystem Have fun Explore the island

Free-time activities

There are many different activities to choose from during your stay at the Galapagos islands, such as hiking through the natural wildlife taking in some of the best views the world has to offer. Snorkling you can have a look at the diverse species of fish surrounding the island.

Water Sports
Swimming
Diving/Snorkling
Hiking

Services

What's included?
Consultation of our experienced staff | Translation of documents | Placement in volunteer project | Orientation on arrival | Orientation kit | Local support | 24h-Emergency Number | Accomodation volunteer house | Full board (3 meals per day) | Advice on travel insurance | Flight booking service (optional) | 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.
Accommodation

You will stay at the volunteer house in at the biological station. Each dorm room holds 4 people with the houses capacity at 18 people. The house has hot water and electricity. Living at the volunteer house is a great way to meet new people from a variety of different cultures.

Dorm Room Guesthouse
Food & Beverages

Yes, full board is provided (3 meals per day)

Internet Access
Sorry, no access at the project site
Costs
2 weeks (min. stay)
$1075
3 weeks
$1325
4 weeks
$1575
5 weeks
$1825
6 weeks
$2075
7 weeks
$2325
8 weeks (max. stay)
$2575

You can volunteer at the project site in San Cristobal Island/Ecuador between 2 weeks and 8 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
$430/week
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.

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Budgeting
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What's next?

Airport
The nearest airport is San Cristobal (SCY) in Puerto Baquerizo Moreno. We assist you to find cheap flights to Ecuador.
Travel Insurance
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