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This project on San Cristóbal, one of the world famous Galapagos Islands, gives you the opportunity to admire both the beautiful archipelago and at the same time contribute to conserving its breath-taking biodiversity.

 

Project Galapagos

The Galapagos Islands are an archipelago of islands scattered in the Pacific Ocean on either side of the equator. Politically, they are part of Ecuador, but they are situated about 1000 kilometres from the west coast of South America. Here you come face to face with wildlife that you will not encounter anywhere else in the world. Because the animals do not have natural enemies, people can easily approach them. In 1835 Charles Darwin arrived on the islands. His theory of evolution is in part based on the animals, plants and fossils he encountered on the Galapagos islands. In short, this is a must-see destination that never fails to amaze visitors. Those who decide to travel there do have to pay for the privilege, but general consensus is that it is well worth the investment!

Today, the Galapagos Islands are threatened by the exponential growth of tourism and local population. As a result, many plant species have been introduced into the fragile local ecosystem. The conservation project on San Cristóbal island therefore aims to preserve the native plant species and to minimize the impact of invasive new plant species in this unique and vulnerable environment.

As a volunteer you will stay with a host family or in a volunteer house, and work together with the locals in the urban and rural areas of the town of Puerto Ayora and surroundings. On the weekends you are free to explore the rest of the amazing Galapagos Islands.

How can you help?

Spanish

Location

Costs

  • Control and eradicate invasive species and plant endemic plant species;
  • Working in the greenhouse;
  • Help setting up instructive workshops on the local environment and the importance of protecting the indigenous species and creating awareness of this issue among locals;
  • Collecting seeds, preparing the soil for planting and producing seeds;
  • Help taking care of the local population’s gardens;
  • Collaborate with local farmers when building infrastructure around the farms to make these self-sufficient , and exchange ideas about organic farming techniques.

An intensive Spanish course in Quito is required before participating in the project on the Galapagos Islands. For more information, take a look at the Spanish course page

Cost

First week* From the 2nd week onwards

Room & Board**

  €195,-   €195,- p.w.

Project

  €155,-   €105,- p.w.

Preparation & Guidance

  €95,-   €65,- p.w.

Total cost***

  €445,-
  €365 p.w.

* The minimum stay on the Galapagos Islands is 1 week.

** On the Galapagos Islands you will stay with a host family. We do not yet have a residency at this location.

*** We do not offer a Spanish course at this project location yet. 

ATTENTION: Costs for transport to and from the Galapagos Islands are not included in the price.

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If you are interested in the Galapagos project, and you want more information, please contact us via the ‘join us button’.
Be aware that we don’t have any full-time projects. We always compose a project plan in collaboration with the volunteer, and try to match the qualities of our volunteers with the right activities. Volunteers do best what they have been educated in.

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