Conservation Work on the Galapagos
The Galapagos are an isolated group of volcanic islands located almost 1000km from mainland Ecuador. The fragile ecosystem boosts an almost mythological status in its reputation for exciting biodiversity. Because of this, the islands are considered the one place on the planet where the human footprint must be kept to a minimum. As a result, animals display no fear of humans and the interaction that one is able to experience is like no other.
Unfortunately the islands are under threat which is why conservation efforts are paramount. Volunteers are invited to join forces with inspiring locals in their attempts to preserve paradise for future generations. Due to the exceptional status that the Galapagos holds, 97% of the island has been designated as a national park to aid the conservation mission.
This is a once in a lifetime opportunity for those passionate about wildlife. There is a vast number of bird and animal species alike and the volcanic and largely dry nature of the Galapagos make for stunning scenery and an abundance of flora and fauna. Prepare yourself for an incredible experience spotting sea lions, marine iguanas, lava lizards and vibrant seabirds.
The Galapagos Islands are probably most famed for being the launch pad for Charles Darwin’s theory of evolution. The unique species that were studied have adapted themselves to accommodate their unique environments and as a result have passed their adaptations on down through the generations.
Some of the environmental challenges the island has faced since more constant human interaction has been the whaling industry, scientists taking too many samples and settlers bringing in foreign plant and animal species from the mainland. All of this has had a detrimental effect and an incredible impact on the indigenous species. An alarming 60% of native plants have become severely under threat.
Fortunately the Ecuadorian government has recognised the issues and declared conservation as a national priority. Ecuador was the first country in the world that granted legal rights to ‘nature.’
This conservation project was set up in 2010 by an incredible local family who have been living and farming in the area for generations. The national park have supported their efforts and helped their mission to eradicate alien vegetation and reintroduce native species. Most excitingly, these efforts have seen the return of the giant tortoise.
You will generally working from about 7am to 1pm everyday. Your tasks will take place in an area of 50 hectares and are very varied. They include destroying vegetation with machetes, digging holes and planting seedlings, clearing suffocating weeds, clearing land for giant tortoises to forage for plants, collecting samples, helping with English in local communities and assisting local farmers.
This project suits those on a gap year, career break or those who are simply looking for a project with a purpose. This is once in a lifetime opportunity to visit a exclusive paradise and help keep it that way
This beautiful accommodation is situated on a hillside with sweeping views over the ocean and Kicker Rock- an infamous diving spot. Volunteers cook together in a fully equipped kitchen. There is a terrace with hammocks to relax in and a shower and toilet in a neighbouring volunteer house.
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