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Galapagos Conservation Project

volunteer in conservation project in galapagos, ecuador

  • Share your passion for nature and unique wildlife at the gorgeous Galapagos Islands
  • Gain experience alongside local professionals in environmental conservation
  • Immerse in the Ecuadorian way of life through safe, carefully-screened homestays
  • Explore nature's best in Ecuador, renowned for its biodiversity

Does exploring an enchanting chain of islands and constantly being amazed by thriving wildlife excite you? Volunteer in Ecuador in the Conservation project in the beautiful islands of the Galapagos! The Galapagos Islands and its wildlife were the inspiration behind the Charles Darwin's natural selection theory. The plant and marine life is unique because The Galapagos Islands were never connected to other islands and had no indigenous human settlement, letting the flora and fauna adapt perfectly to the natural environments. However, with human settlement and the opening of an airport and a port to connect to the outside world, new species of wildlife from other parts of the world are being introduced. The issue is becoming so rampant that the conservationists in Galapagos face a long and difficult battle to control and eradicate the alien species. Help in the fight to protect indigenous species from alien ones, while witnessing the fascinating wildlife playground of the Galapagos!

Volunteers' Responsibilities

As a volunteer in the Galapagos Conservation project in Ecuador, you will be working in San Cristobal Island, the eastern most of the islands. The Island has a port and an airport, hence lot of visitors and new species arrive there every day. Volunteers will go on guided hike to the reserve and nearby areas to learn about biodiversity, natural history and ecology. Depending on the individual’s skills and expertise, and the needs of the local staff, your daily duties include but are not limited to:

  • Reforestation – which will include nursery work, planting in reserve, collecting and classifying seeds
  • Maintenance – maintain trail, signs on the trail, work in construction activities, help with fresh water supply and help in the kitchen
  • Organic Agricultural activity – work to maintain and secure food production in the reserve and promote organic agriculture
  • Volunteers are also encouraged to develop their own project to support the conservation project on the island. You will be helped by local staffs to do this.
How You Can Make a Difference

If you are looking for a career in environmental conservation, especially in preserving wildlife, then this is the perfect project for you. As a volunteer in Ecuador in the Galapagos Islands, you'll be learning about the efforts and initiatives currently underway alongside the conservation team. Besides helping the conservation team maintain the local ecosystem and biodiversity, you'll also have a hand in reforestation and promotion of sustainable agriculture. Play a part in conserving the unique and indigenous wildlife species in the Galapagos and have invaluable hands-on experience in conservation efforts.

Skills and Qualifications

There are no specific qualifications needed to join our Galapagos Conservation project in Ecuador, except passion for the environment and an interest to protect its beauty. Volunteers also need to be flexible and willing to help out whenever needed. The living conditions on the island will be basic but comfortable, although volunteers would need to get used to life without constant internet connection.

Project Location

Remote, isolated, enchanting; words to describe the Galapagos Islands, a small archipelago of islands in Ecuador. Its interesting and captivating wildlife is inspiration for Charles Darwin's Theory of Evolution, and as a result, the islands are one of the world's most celebrated spots. Marine life exists here where it doesn't anywhere else, including species of giant tortoises, sea lions, penguins, marine iguanas and an astounding array of birds. The islands itself are mostly barren, yet beautiful. The project is located on th e island of San Cristobal, with an area of 215 square miles and non-stop flights from Quito and Guayaquil. The largest town in the island, Puerto Baquerizo, lies on the southernmost tip. It has a population of just over 5 thousand and internet and phone facilities that volunteers can use. The islands have two main climates, the hot season from December to May and the cooler season from June to November.

The Galapagos Islands can be visited any time of the year to enjoy the landscapes, and diverse marine, plant and wildlife. One of the most bio-diverse places in the world, your time here will never be dull.

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