The Galapagos are an isolated group of volcanic islands located almost 1000km from mainland Ecuador. The fragile ecosystem boasts 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.
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.’
You will generally working from about 8am to 1pm everyday. Your tasks will take place in former farmland, the National Park, the tortoise breeding centre and even the beach. Tasks include removing undesirable 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
Volunteers stay together in a lovely hostel in the main town on San Cristobal.Volunteers cook together in a fully equipped kitchen. Volunteers stay in comfy dorms with en-suite bathrooms.