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Galapagos Conservation Volunteers

2 to 12 Weeks from

£1295
18+
minimum age

  • Experience the unique endemic flora and fauna of the Galapagos
  • Help to conserve the giant Galapagos tortoise
  • Explore the marine life of the island during your free time
  • Get involved with the local community on Isabela island

About the Galapagos Volunteer Project

Volunteer on a range of wildlife conservation and environmental projects on Isabela island, Galapagos. Join a dynamic team of volunteers and local staff while giving back to the community in the Galapagos islands. This Galapagos volunteer programme forms part of a wider comprehensive approach to developmental aid in Galapagos. Volunteers in Galapagos can help to care for giant tortoises, become an ecotourism intern in the national park and get involved with turtle nest monitoring. During your free time you can snorkel with penguins and sea lions, and enjoy living in a town filled with friendly locals and active volcanoes. There is much to learn and discover as a volunteer in Galapagos, where volunteers can explore the natural scenery of the islands and get immersed in the local community while gaining cross-cultural experiences and building valuable skills.

Baby Galapagos tortoise and egg

Galapagos Giant Tortoise Conservation Volunteer project

As a Galapagos Tortoise conservation volunteer, you will work with the Galapagos National Park as a member of the staff at the Tortoise Breeding Center. Volunteer tasks will include; Feeding and caring for the tortoises, as well as maintaining their enclosure, Assisting the zookeepers and Working directly with the public to educate tourists by informing them of the rules and regulations designed to keep the tortoises safe and the habitats intact.

Schedules are based on a 25 hr/week commitment, and can voluntarily be extended to a regular 40hr/work week. Typically Monday-Friday 7:30 AM-12: 30 PM. This may be subject to change depending on the tasks at hand.

Volunteer Requirements:

• Basic to intermediate level of Spanish
• Aged 18+
• A passion for animal conservation
• An ability to openly communicate rules and regulations to tourists and follow instructions
• Ability to work independently as well as in a team
• Physical ability to work outdoors with potentially high allergen, sun and temperature exposure
• Minimum stay is 4 weeks

Galapagos Ecotourism Volunteer Project

As an ecotourism volunteer in the communications department at the Galapagos National Park you will gather information that will help the national park staff make important ecotourism decisions. This will include running satisfaction questionnaires at visitor sites, generating statistical data and creating databases based on the surveys you administer.

Schedules are based on a 25 hr/week commitment, and can voluntarily be extended to a regular 40hr/work week. Typically Monday-Friday 7:30AM-12: 30 PM. This may be subject to change depending on the tasks at hand.

Volunteer Requirements:

  •     Intermediate to advanced level of Spanish in order to communicate with fellow workers and visitors.
  •     Ability to communicate and act with care and patience.
  •     Ability to work independently as well as in a team.
  •     Flexible schedule that accounts for the day to day needs of working with a local institution.
  •     Physical ability to work outdoors with potentially high sun, element, and temperature exposure.
  •     Ability to independently collect and register data
  • Minimum stay is 4 weeks

Turtle Nest Monitoring Volunteer

Available during nesting season only: December to May

Galapagos sea turtle swimmingAs a turtle nest monitoring volunteer, you will assist the Galapagos National Park staff by taking critically important nesting baseline data. This will include identifying species (hawksbill or green), determining nesting patterns and monitoring nest sizes.

Volunteer schedule is 4 hours/day: 6:00AM-8:00AM (first light) and 8:00PM-10:00PM (dark). Please note, this position can be combined with another of the positions listed above during the day at no extra cost.

Volunteer Requirements:

  •     Basic level of Spanish.
  •     A genuine passion for animal conservation.
  •     Ability to work independently as well as in a team.
  •     Flexible schedule that accounts for the day to day needs of working with a local institution.
  •     Physical ability to work outdoors with potentially high sun, element, and temperature exposure.
  •     Ability to independently collect and register data

Sustainable Agriculture Volunteer Project

Galapagos Agricultural VolunteersThe farms of Isabela Island are starting work in greenhouses to optimize production year-round in a sustainable and environmentally friendly way. The highland town of Tomás de Berlanga is about 10 miles uphill from the coastal part of town, where our headquarters, your accommodations, social life, and the beach are located. Located on the side of Volcano Sierra Negra, the highlands are fertile, lush lands with rich volcanic soil – perfect for agriculture!

Volunteers will learn local techniques for sustainable tropical agriculture and will help to create food sovereignty, lower the carbon footprint of island life, lower waste from shipping materials, lowers cost to local consumers, increase local income, and increase the nutritional content of the food available in Isabela.

Sustainable gardening volunteers in Galapagos

Volunteer schedules are based on 30 hrs/week. It is about a 30-minute bus ride up to the highlands at 7:00am and the bus leaves the highlands at 2:30pm.

Volunteer Requirements:

  • Basic to intermediate level of Spanish in order to communicate with fellow workers
  • Genuine passion for the outdoors and conservation of nature
  • Physical ability to work construction and gardening type jobs outdoors with potential allergens, sun and temperature exposure
  • Ability to work independently as well as in a team
  • Basic knowledge of non-motorized tools and their safe usage

“Collaboration and contribution are built into our ethos, and by working together, we’re ensuring that the wild and beautiful landscape of the Galapagos remain protected and thriving for centuries to come. We would not be able to run our programs if it were not for our volunteers. The number of volunteers, the passion they have and how hard they work keep our projects alive and thriving! ” – Quote from Project Manager

Galapagos Conservation Volunteers

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