The Galapagos Islands are a naturalist and explorer's paradise because of its extraordinary landscapes, diverse fauna, and excellent environment for eco-friendly travel. The Galapagos Islands used to be a fishing-based economy with a small population that mostly subsisted off the land. After that, the islands turned into the Wild West of sea cucumber and lobster trades before becoming one of the top ecotourism destinations in the world. Despite being one of the best conserved locations on earth with 95% of its original pre-human biodiversity still present, tourism demands are growing, explaining the rapid expansion of ecotourism activities.
Assist field rangers in maintaining reception sites, trails and protected areas.
Removal of invasive species
Depending on the needs of the park, participation in ecosystem conservation and restoration activities such as control of introduced species, protection of endemic species
Replacement and maintenance of information boards.
To contribute to activities aimed at the promotion, distribution and development of sustainable tourism projects for the Galapagos National Park.
Assist to the development of projects with the Galapagos National Park according to the interests and skills of the volunteer, as well as the priorities and guidelines established by the park and the local authorities.
Activities carried out by volunteers include translation and design of educational and/or promotional material, conducting satisfaction interviews with tourists, etc.
Collaboration with park rangers
You will assist the rangers in the field during this eco-tour, performing the following tasks: maintenance of visitor sites, trails and protected areas, clearing brush and weeds, laying new trails, removing invasive species, replacing and maintaining signs. Depending on the needs of the national park, participants will support conservation and ecosystem restoration activities such as control of introduced species and protection of native species in the field. Some tasks will require the use of basic tools (shovels, hand tools, etc.)
You will have a vital and measurable impact on our sustainable projects, host communities and ecosystems. Our programmes are designed with our local partners with short, medium and long-term clear objectives. We are also conscious of our global influence and responsibility, and uphold to the achievement of the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals.
Are you looking for a rewarding experience in an incredible place with extraordinary people? Look no further! Be a part of an international team with exceptional 24/7 on-the-ground support from our experienced staff. Develop your personal skills, open your mind to other ways of living and seeing our world, become aware of global culture and improve your emotional intelligence. This will be a life-changing eco-tourism experience!
– The local NGO offers housing options in either volunteer houses or host families, depending on availability. In each case, the participant will have a private room and bathroom, with meals included.
– Airport transfers
– Airport transfers are not included. When the volunteer registers, he/she will receive a welcome email with an explanation of the next steps and a link to create a profile on the NGO portal. This platform will be completed with a packing list, general journey information about Ecuador and the Galapagos, and the trip PDF. The travel PDF explains in detail how to get from Baltra airport to Isabela. The NGO will directly email the ferry ticket from Puerto Ayora, Santa Cruz to Isabela Island, as well as the visa for the Galapagos on MONDAY afternoon. On-site staff will meet the volunteer at the dock in Isabela and take them to their accommodation.
The volunteer will be given the opportunity to visit the island.
A minimum interest in environmental conservation is required. Basic knowledge in this field and the practice of Spanish (even beginner) is a plus.
It is required to have a minimum interest in environmental conservation.
Good physical condition
18 years old
Travel and repatriation insurance
Interest in environmental conservation
Ability to work in construction, gardening
Ability to work independently and in a group