EXPLORETY

Sustainable Farming on Isabela Island

Isabela island, Galapagos, Ecuador

The highlands of Isabela Island in the Galapagos are fertile, lush lands with rich volcanic soil that is perfect for agricultural works. For those interested in sustainable farming, volunteering on the farms of Isabela will help optimize the island’s year-round production in a way that is sustainable and environmentally friendly.

You will learn the techniques locals use for sustainable tropical agriculture, creating food sovereignty, lowering the carbon footprint and waste from shipping materials, and improving the nutritional content of the food on Isabela. Your work also helps increase local income and lower the costs to local consumers! And in your time off, visit Isabela’s five active volcanos, and admire the biodiverse flora and fauna, which ranges from the Galapagos tortoises, penguins and flightless cormorants to whales, sharks and coral reefs.

  • Daily gardening

  • Isabela island shore

  • A blue-footed booby's nest

  • Guesthouse bedroom

  • Guesthouse kitchen

  • The guesthouse

  • Daily gardening

  • Isabela island shore

  • A blue-footed booby's nest

  • Guesthouse bedroom

  • Guesthouse kitchen

  • The guesthouse

  • Daily gardening

  • Isabela island shore

  • A blue-footed booby's nest

  • Guesthouse bedroom

  • Guesthouse kitchen

  • The guesthouse

  • Daily gardening

  • Isabela island shore

  • A blue-footed booby's nest

  • Guesthouse bedroom

  • Guesthouse kitchen

  • The guesthouse

  • Daily gardening

  • Isabela island shore

  • A blue-footed booby's nest

  • Guesthouse bedroom

  • Guesthouse kitchen

  • The guesthouse

  • Daily gardening

  • Isabela island shore

  • A blue-footed booby's nest

  • Guesthouse bedroom

  • Guesthouse kitchen

  • The guesthouse

  • Daily gardening

  • Isabela island shore

  • A blue-footed booby's nest

  • Guesthouse bedroom

  • Guesthouse kitchen

  • The guesthouse

  • Work 30 hours/week. The bus leaves at 7 AM and it’s about a 30-minute ride to the highlands. It leaves the highlands at 2:30 PM.
  • Take on various gardening activities
  • Participate in construction projects as needed
  • Minimum age of 18 years

    In order to join the program, you need to be at least 18 years old on the program start date.

  • Intermediate level of Spanish

    Ability to speak and understand Spanish is beneficial as it will increase your ability to communicate and integrate with community members. Our staff are English speakers, but we recommend you brush up on your Spanish skills to make the most out of your experience.

  • Physical ability

    You will engage in menial work, including construction and gardening jobs, and may be exposed to allergens, as well as the sun and high temperatures. You should be able to use non-motorized gardening tools.

  • Travel insurance

    To participate in this program, you are required to obtain appropriate travel health insurance that will cover you for the duration of your time abroad and includes a medical evacuation. You should also acquire insurance for extreme sports if you plan on engaging in activities such as scuba diving.

  • Housing

    Housing is provided for all program participants and will either consist of shared living in a volunteer house or with one of our host families. You will have a private bedroom and a private bathroom, a desk, chair, a fan or A/C, and access to laundry facilities.

  • Food

    If living with the host families, you will have three meals a day. Breakfast and dinner will be provided by your host family, and lunch will be provided by local restaurants. If living in volunteer housing, you will be provided with two meals a day, lunch and dinner in local restaurants. You will have access to a fully equipped kitchen to cook your breakfasts.

  • Airfare

    We recommend you buy a round trip direct flight to Baltra, Galàpagos (GPS) on LAN, American Airlines, Copa, Avianca or TAME. While there are some red-eye direct flights into Baltra, most require an overnight stay in the cities of Guayaquil or Quito. We recommend you fly into Guayaquil, as Quito often has delays due to fog. You should also choose the earliest flight into Baltra to accommodate the logistics in Galapagos – you MUST arrive by 11 AM if you hope to make it to Isabela on the same day.

  • Ferry or air tickets to Baltra, Isabela island

    Once your trip is confirmed, we will send you all the information you need to get to Isabela.

  • Galapagos transient visa

    Galapagos has separate immigration procedures. Therefore, ALL participants of this program will need the Galapagos Transient Visa, which we will obtain for you. To guarantee your transient visa, we will need a scan of your passport photo page and your student ID (if you are a student) a minimum of 4 weeks before entering Ecuador.

  • WiFi

    There is free wireless internet access on the center’s property and in some of the host family houses. There is also the internet at most of the restaurants throughout town where you will be eating lunch. However, note that the connection speed can sometimes be very slow.

  • ATMs

    There are no banks or ATMs in Isabela. You should plan to bring enough cash, in small denominations, to use during your stay here.

Min duration:

2 weeks or longer

Price:

$1495

For 2 weeks per person

Price: $1495 / 2 weeks

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