This project is based on Isabela Island, the largest of the islands of the Galapagos. Here volunteers have the opportunity to support the conservation efforts and land turtle support projects on Isabela Island. Current research is focused on ensuring that ecosystem restoration proceeds towards a more pristine condition – this requires ensuring that any introduced plant species do not out-compete the native vegetation.

Volunteer work is about 3-5 hours per day, 5 days a week. Volunteers will help in light construction tasks, reforestation efforts and help with eradication of non native plants. Much of the work is outside working in the Galapaguera greenhouse. This program lets you do a little bit of everything pertaining to providing support of sustainable conservation efforts on the Island. This is a great opportunity to discover the wonders and wild life of the Galapagos by offering hands on contributions to their sustainability. Expect to get your hands dirty and work different schedules based on the project needs. This project begins and ends in Quito.

*Volunteers are responsible for the R/T intra-island ferry costs between Santa Cruz / Isabela. Approximately $90 payable locally.

Overview

  • Project length: 2, 3 or 4 week placements
  • Arrival Airport: Quito (UIO)
  • Work Schedule: Monday to Friday 3-5 hours per day
  • Requirements: Proficiency in Spanish, $90 for island ferry costs
  • Age Limits: Minimum 18yrs or older for solo travelers.
  • Minimum Age: 12 to 17 yrs if traveling with parents.
  • Airlines: Lan Ecuador, American, United, Delta, Avianca, Taca
  • Vaccinations: Routine Vac, Hep-A and Typhoid wwwnc.cdc.gov

Inclusions

  • Airport meet and greet in Quito
  • 2 night accommodation/meals in Quito
  • Orientation, project briefing in Quito
  • Airline ticket Quito to Baltra
  • Entrance fee ($100) Galapagos NP
  • Ingala ID card
  • Meet and greet on Baltra
  • 1 night accommodation/meals in Santa Cruz
  • Transfer to the dock in Santa Cruz
  • Boat ticket from Santa Cruz to Isabela
  • Meet and greet on Isabela
  • Orientation, project briefing in Isabela
  • Host family accommodation and 3 meals a day
  • Volunteer project placement 15-20 hour per week
  • Transfer to the dock in Isabela at the end of the program
  • Boat ticket from Isabela to Santa Cruz
  • Dock reception in Santa Cruz
  • 1  night accommodation/meals in Santa Cruz
  • Airline ticket Galapagos to Quito
  • Airport reception in Quito
  • Final overnight/meals in Quito
  • Departure transfer to Quito

Not included:

  • Flights to Quito. Entry Visa. Departure taxes. Vaccinations. Local Transportation. Travel & Health Insurance. Laundry and Internet

A Broader View Volunteer (ABV)  allows every traveler to choose their own program start date. This means you can arrive on any flight, any day of the week. Since ABV program fees are 100% tax deductible* we encourage you to fund raise. ABV offers advice and assistance with flight planning, affordable travel insurance, as well as procuring a visa, if necessary. Our ABV staff is available to any your questions. Contact us by email, through the on-line chat feature on our website or call us toll free at 866-423-3258.

WHAT DO MY FEES PAY FOR?

Volunteer Registration Fee – ongoing support from ABV staff, program marketing costs, information pack, administration costs, ABV donation Fund, travel costs to inspect programs and communication costs with volunteers.

Volunteer Program Fee – ABV donation fund, airport pick-up, orientation, program supervision, accommodation and meals during volunteer program period, in-country 24/7 volunteer support and in-country administration costs. As a US Non-Profit Charity Organization all your fees are tax deductible and you can fundraise from our website to pay for the fees.

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