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Galapagos Islands Community Development & Agriculture

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Galapagos Islands Community Development & Agriculture

Join a combination of community tourism and volunteer work to address the needs of the indigenous human population through community development and education, or therapy for disabled children.

Prices from US$745

Visit the remote and striking archipelago of the Galapagos Islands with its stunning volcanic geography and landscapes and its hugely diverse and esoteric flora and fauna.

Although only five of its 13 major islands are inhabited, the islands have attracted a wide array of visitors over the centuries from pirates and seafarers to refugees and even Incas!  Most famous of visitors to the Galapagos Islands is Charles Darwin whose observations of the island's birdlife led to his development of the Theory of Evolution expounded in his famous work On the Origin of the Species.

1,000 km from the Ecuadorian mainland, the islands enjoy fine weather all year round so, perhaps surprisingly, the Galapagos Penguins are one of the most famous indigenous animals to be found – supposedly stranded in this benign habitat after the ice age! Other fascinating species endemic to the islands include the giant Galapagos Tortoise which has an average lifespan of over 150 years and the Flightless Cormorant which, with only around 1,500 individuals, is one of the world's rarest birds. Visiting the Galapagos Islands is a unique and memorable experience and will open your eyes to the beauty of the natural world in ways you could never have imagined.

PROJECT HIGHLIGHTS

  • Visit the remote & striking archipegalo of the Galapagos Islands
  • Gain a life time of unmatchable memories
  • Directly help the local community

PROJECT REQUIREMENTS

  • Minimum age of 18 years
  • Basic Spanish recommended

FAST FACTS

Location Galapagos Islands, Ecuador
Activities Livestock rearing & horse care
Milking & milk delivery
Wild blackberry control
Fence maintenance
Seedling & plant care
Tree planting
Teaching English or other subjects
Transport Airport pick-up 
Taxi to accommodation on project site
Accommodation Shared volunteer ranch house

WHAT'S INCLUDED

Before you go Pre-departure support
Travel & medical advice & documentation
Equipment and visa advice
Discounted medical kit
Free Frontier t-shirt
In-country Accommodation
Airport pick-up 
Local orientation and training 
In-country emergency support
24-hour international HQ backup

QUALIFICATIONS

A variety of qualifications are available on many of our projects. For example, BTEC certificates and diplomas on our Group conservation projects and TEFL certificates and BTECs on most of our teaching projects. You may also be able to gain a CoPE to support your university application. For more information on these qualifications, please see the qualifications section of our website or ask your volunteer advisor.

WHAT WILL I BE DOING?

This project offers a combination of community tourism and volunteer work, which – unusually for the Galapagos – addresses the needs of the indigenous human population rather than those of the native wildlife. There is widespread international support for the conservation of the Galapagos wildlife and the island's environment but much less attention has been paid to the needs of the human communities whose welfare impacts directly on the natural ecosystem. This important project seeks to remedy this.

There is a wide range of volunteer tasks to be carried out, either in the area of environment, community development and education, or therapy for disabled children.  The main activities focus on supporting  the local highlander families with livestock rearing and horse care, milking and milk delivery, wild blackberry control, fence maintenance, seedling and plant care, tree planting, teaching English or other subjects in the local school (depending on experience). Whatever tasks you end up doing you will be sure to receive a warm welcome and will engage in valuable and productive work. You will acquire new skills and experiences and return home with a life time of unmatchable memories.  

WHAT HAPPENS WHEN I ARRIVE?

You will fly into Quito airport in Ecuador and then onto the Galapagos island of San Cristobal via Guayaquil. Here you will be welcomed by your local project representative and taken by taxi to your accommodation on the project site. Please be aware that as you will be entering a National Park you will be required to pay a $100 fee upon entry.

WHERE WILL I BE STAYING?

You will be living in mixed sex rooms, with between two and four volunteers per room, in the six bedroom volunteer ranch house. You will be offered a choice of traditional bed or hammock and you will have the convenience of running water, hot showers and flushing toilets.

WHAT WILL I BE EATING?

Food is not included but you will be able to buy food in nearby Puerto Baquerizo Moreno, which is a short $4 taxi ride away or can be easily walked within 2 hours, and there is a kitchen in the volunteer house available for use.

Ten Most Recent Reviews for This Project

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Incredible.  | 25 Jul 2018
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ADDITIONAL OPPORTUNITIES

After your daily tasks are complete, or during your free time, there are lots of sights to see and things to do on and around the island.

If you are an avid birdwatcher, then visiting this island is a must to see the Chatham Mockingbird – an endemic species, similar to the Galapagos Mockingbird.

Playa Cabo de Horno has some fantastic opportunities for expert surfers to take on world-class breaks, as the surf here is truly outstanding.

Head out to Puerto Grande which is a lovely protected cove on the north-western coast of the island or visit Punta Pitt in the north-eastern side. Ideal for swimming and snorkelling, Puerto Grande is a sandy beach where you can spot a number of seabirds. While Punta Pitt, known for its unique geological features, is one of the few places where one can see all three species of Galapagos boobies nesting. In the northernmost corner of the island is Los Galapagos, where you can see the Galapagos Tortoises living in the wild.

If you don't mind a bit of travelling, then head off the island to places like Isla Lobos and Loen Dormido or Kicker Rock. An hour's journey away, Isla Lobos has the main Booby and Sea Lion colonies of Isla San Cristobal. Here, you can also spot Lava Lizards along a 300m-long trail. Kicker Rock is a fantastic place to visit – shaped like a sleeping lion, this rock sits in the middle of the sea and is a great place to snorkel and scuba dive.

COSTS

1 week US$745

Extra week US$295

DEPARTURE DATES

Monthly

DURATION

Minimum 1 week

WHAT'S INCLUDED

Before you go

  • Pre-departure support
  • Travel & medical advice & documentation
  • Discounted medical kit
  • Free Frontier t-shirt

In-country

  • Accommodation
  • Airport pick-up 
  • Ground transfers
  • Local orientation
  • Project training
  • In-country emergency support
  • 24-hour international HQ backup

AIRPORT INFORMATION

Nearest airport(s): San Cristobal (SCY), Guayaquil (GYE)

WHAT'S NOT INCLUDED

  • Flights
  • Visas
  • Insurance

For detailed information on flights, visas and insurance, click here.


LEGAL STATEMENT

Please read our legal statement regarding the running of NGO projects.

To apply for this placement, click on "Apply Now" below. Fill in the short application form and one of our advisers will then call you back to answer any questions and make sure this is the perfect placement for you. Applying doesn't cost a penny and you won't pay anything until you're completely happy and you're ready to reserve your place.

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