Conservation on the Galapagos Islands

Nature Conservation on Galapagos Islands
Program Facts
EC-WN102
Ecuador
Volunteer Work
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Booking No.

EC-WN102

Program Type

Volunteer Work, Nature/Community Work

Place

San Cristobal Island, Galapagos Islands, Ecuador

Volunteer Responsibilities

Restore habitats, eradicate invasive plant species, restore native and endemic species, assist in community projects, mentor children in environmental education and Hippo therapy, teaching visitors about ecological issues

Work Hours

Approx. 8 hours/day, from Monday to Friday

Program Start Date

Year round, on any day

Minimum Stay

2 weeks (maximum 3 weeks due to immigration policy)

Minimum Age

17 years

Language

Elementary Spanish skills. Book your Spanish course in Ecuador with us.

Skills

Physically demanding labor

Accommodation

Shared room in Volunteer House

Food

Not included

Location

San Cristobal is, together with Santa Cruz, the main island of the archipelago of the Galapagos. Both islands have an airport and a harbor, as well as a small city and several smaller villages.

Climate

Average of 25 °C (77 °F) year round. Rainy season from January to May. Remaining months of the year only very little rainfall.

Vaccinations

No special vaccinations required. Please ask your doctor for additional advice.

Internet*

Not available at the project site. Internet cafes available in Puerto Baquerizo, about 20 minutes by car.

Additional Information

You will be picked up at the airport on San Cristobal Island

In-country Support

Volunteer coordinator at project site

24/7 Emergency No.

With the booking confirmation, you will receive our 24/7 Emergency Number where you can reach us around the clock in case of emergency.

Packing List

Sun protection, sturdy shoes, sandals, towels, bathing suit, snorkeling mask (if possible), garden gloves, rubber boots, mosquito repellent, rain gear, reusable water bottle

Application

Enrollment possible at any time, with at least 4 weeks’ notice. (Download Application Form)

Insurance

Travel Health Insurance for Ecuador mandatory

*We would like to point out that in Latin America, especially in remote areas where many of our volunteer work projects take place, Internet and/or cellular radio systems do not always work reliably.

Be more than a typical tourist who only comes to the Galapagos Islands to snap a few good photos! Instead, contribute to the conservation of local habitats, vegetation, and wildlife and make a tangible difference in the environment and community.

This project allows you to spend a few weeks on the beautiful Galapagos Islands as a volunteer at the Biological Station. In addition to being home to 500 native and endemic plant species, the Galapagos Islands have over 700 introduced plant species! Although this project has various large goals, here is what it is focused on at the moment.

The Biological Station is located in the highlands of San Cristobal Island on a 50-hectare (124 acre) site that has native vegetation. It is the only project in the Galapagos that combines environmental, community, and social support that aims to improve the overall sustainability of the islands. The remaining native highland forests on the populated islands are quite limited due to farming activities and the introduction of very invasive species from the mainland. The Biological Station was founded on San Cristobal Island in 2005. Since its opening, the station's field lodging and plant nursery have been built. The founders have also steadily worked toward the goal of reforestation through habitat re-composition and agro-forestry activities. One of the main objectives of this station is to develop methodological practices for natural system reconstruction that serves as a model for similar projects in other reserves. Volunteers have already begun reforestation work, replacing exotic and invasive plants with native species.

Furthermore, volunteers collaborate with local organizations in Hippo therapy to promote environmental conservation among young children. This also motivates community members to plant local, rather than introduced, vegetation. Plans include the construction of a native plant corridor from the dry forest portion of the lowland reserve to the moist forest, which is located in the highlands.

 

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This volunteer project continues to make a positive impact on San Cristobal Island through activities that cooperate with local communities, battle invasive species, and adapt to the changing environment and its challenges. Volunteers work to reverse the negative effects of invasive or introduced species and restore the native and endemic forests of San Cristobal Island, which is one of the biggest islands in the chain. Furthermore, volunteers collaborate with organizations such as the Instituto Nacional del Niño y la Familia (INFA), or the National Child and Family Institute, to promote environmental conservation amongst young children from the island. They also aim to motivate community members to plant local plants rather than introduced vegetation. During this volunteer project, you will be constantly surrounded by breathtaking nature. You will get up early each morning to start work and usually take a break in the middle of the day to relax and recuperate before continuing with the work in the afternoon.

Volunteers should be prepared to work Monday through Friday, from around 8:30 am to 12:00 pm, and from 2:00 pm to 5:00 pm (schedule subject to changes). Daily work could include any of the following: eliminating introduced/invasive species, restoring native and endemic species, assisting in community projects, and working in organic agricultural projects.

In addition, the project mentors children from INFA, the National Child and Family Institute, working with them in the Hippo therapy program, which involves gardening, environmental education, and fieldtrips to the Biological Station. Hippo therapy, often known as equine-assisted therapy, is a type of physical therapy that uses horses to address functional limitations, impairments, and disabilities in individuals with neuromusculoskeletal dysfunction. With the movement of the horse, an individual is able to passively experience the motion, which is believed to help simulate and stimulate human movement. The therapy’s primary purpose is to develop balance, body awareness, and muscle tone by responding and interacting submissively to the horse’s movement. The hippo therapy program works with disabled children from the local community on the Galapagos Islands. The days are long and hard, so volunteers should be prepared for physical, yet rewarding, work. Volunteers are free to explore the port town and discover the island’s many tourist attractions in the evenings after work and on the weekends.

As a volunteer, you will live and work at the station itself. The house offers a full kitchen, bathroom, and showers with hot water. Up to four volunteers are placed in each bedroom. The beds have sheets and mosquito nets, and you are provided with cleaning and maintenance supplies for the up keep of the volunteer house. Volunteers are responsible for bringing their own toiletries and towels, as well as food and drinks. One advantage of living at the station is the abundance of fresh fruit, milk, and coffee from the surrounding areas. It is necessary, however, to purchase purified drinking water.

The nearest town, El Progreso, is a 30-minute walk or a 10-minute taxi ride. The port town of Baquerizo Moreno is 20 minutes away by taxi. In both towns, you have access to the Internet and the opportunity to make international phone calls. After a long day of hard work, evenings are quiet, and volunteers usually spend them lounging in hammocks as they chat, listen to music, write, or read. The local volunteer coordinators are always available for assistance and guidance for the volunteer projects and spare time activities. Sometimes, there are only two or three other volunteers, while on other occasions, there are large groups, so be prepared to meet and work with a variety of people.

Volunteer Work on the Galapagos Islands includes:
  Consultation of our experienced staff
  Translation of application documents
  Volunteer work placement
  Orientation session on arrival
  Orientation kit
  Local support
  24/7 Emergency Number
  Shared accommodation in Volunteer House
  Airport pick-up upon arrival on San Cristobal Island
  Advisery concerning adequate travel insurance
  Flight booking service (optional and for free)
  Certificate of participation

What’s not included:
  International and local flight
  Travel health insurance
  Migration and entrance fee Galapagos Islands approx. 120 USD (to be paid in cash)
  Local travels

Prices:

Program / Duration

2
weeks

3
weeks

4
weeks

5
weeks

6
weeks

Volunteer House
(no meals)

500 USD

630 USD

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Application fee of 120 USD to be added. One week corresponds to 7 days and 6 nights.

 

Optional:

Travel Health   Insurance  

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