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Restore a Natural Habitat on Galapagos Islands

San Cristobal Island, Ecuador

Help eradicate invasive vegetation and fix paths while enjoying the breathtaking nature of the Galapagos Islands.

The Project

This volunteer program is located on the higher part of San Cristobal Island, one of four populated islands of the Galapagos. The island has a lot to offer, such as banks, ATMs, cafés, restaurants, internet, shops, travel agencies, and many places where excursions are offered regularly.

The main focus of this project is the eradication of invasive flora, which is done by cutting plants, such as blackberries, and replanting native species. Invasive plants are causing a series of problems on the islands, as they are overtaking areas that used to be covered by native plants. The local wildlife depends on the native plants to survive. Due to the region’s very fragile ecosystem, volunteers are needed year-round to help maintain and preserve the island. 

 

Your Tasks

This volunteer project aims to maintain the current infrastructure of the island, such as trails and fences, which are very important due to the number of tourists that visit the Galapagos Islands. 

On a typical work day, you will maintain trails and fences, assist in taking tourists on educational tours, collect samples from surrounding areas, care for the vegetable garden, and maintain the kitchen and volunteer house.

With this project, you have the opportunity to work in one of the world’s most famous travel destinations, while also helping to sustain the ecosystem. This is a very rewarding opportunity, and volunteers should have a positive attitude that contributes to a fun work environment. 

Free-time activities

There are many different activities to choose from during your stay on the Galapagos Islands, such as hiking through nature and admiring some of the best views the world has to offer. In addition, you can snorkel to have a look at the diverse species of fish surrounding the island.

Water Sports
Swimming
Diving/Snorkling
Hiking
Sports
Riding
Yoga/Meditation

Program Requirements

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). Of course, there is an exception for children that are accompanied by their parents.
Language Skills
You need to speak English (basic level) and Spanish (basic level)
Health Declaration
required
Education Requirements
at High School level
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 08:00 - 16:00

Suitable for

Singles
Couples
Families
Groups

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

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Services by South America Inside

Consultation by our experienced staff | Translation of application documents | Placement in volunteer project | Orientation upon arrival | Orientation kit | Local support | 24-hr Emergency Number | Accommodation volunteer house | Advice regarding travel insurance | Flight booking service (optional) | Certificate of Participation | Application fee

Accommodation

As a volunteer, you will stay at the volunteer house near the biological station. Each dorm room holds 4 people, and the entire house holds 18. The house has hot water and electricity. Living at the volunteer house is a wonderful way to meet new people from all over the world.


Dorm Room Guesthouse
Food & Beverages

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

Internet Access
Sorry, no access at the project site
What's NOT included?
Visa, flights, travel insurance or vaccinations are NOT included in the program fees. An airport pickup isn't included within the program fees either.
Flight Tickets
The nearest airport is San Cristobal Airport (SCY) in San Cristobal. 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.
Vaccines
If you are intending to volunteer in Ecuador you should seek medical advice before starting your social journey. Check your required vaccinations for Ecuador.
Costs (Prices in USD)
2 weeks (min. stay)
$650.00
3 weeks
$840.00
4 weeks
$1,030.00
8 weeks (max. stay)
$1,790.00
Average fees
$274.00/week

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 let you know about the final price during your application process.
Crowdfunding Service
Generally, volunteering abroad involves certain costs. In case you need financial support, we will assist you to fundraise your volunteer program in Ecuador.
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.
Americas South America Ecuador San Cristobal Island, San Cristobal Island, Ecuador
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