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Volunteer at Galapagos Tortoise Center

Isabela island, Galapagos, Ecuador

For this activity, you will visit one of the most pristine and diverse ecosystems in the world, the Galapagos Islands, first described by Charles Darwin in 1831. You will work on the island of Isabela, the largest Galapagos island and one of most volcanic places on Earth, home to many endangered species of birds, reptiles and mammals. As the Galapagos Tortoise Center conservation volunteer, you will work with the Galapagos National Park as a member of the center’s staff. You will care for these gentle giants, some of which are more than 100 years old and weigh more than 900 pounds.

  • Typical workday at the center

  • Guesthouse bedroom

  • Guesthouse kitchen

  • The guesthouse

  • Red-sand beach on Isabela island

  • An iguana on an afternoon swim

  • A blue-footed booby

  • Typical workday at the center

  • Guesthouse bedroom

  • Guesthouse kitchen

  • The guesthouse

  • Red-sand beach on Isabela island

  • An iguana on an afternoon swim

  • A blue-footed booby

  • Typical workday at the center

  • Guesthouse bedroom

  • Guesthouse kitchen

  • The guesthouse

  • Red-sand beach on Isabela island

  • An iguana on an afternoon swim

  • A blue-footed booby

  • Typical workday at the center

  • Guesthouse bedroom

  • Guesthouse kitchen

  • The guesthouse

  • Red-sand beach on Isabela island

  • An iguana on an afternoon swim

  • A blue-footed booby

  • Typical workday at the center

  • Guesthouse bedroom

  • Guesthouse kitchen

  • The guesthouse

  • Red-sand beach on Isabela island

  • An iguana on an afternoon swim

  • A blue-footed booby

  • Typical workday at the center

  • Guesthouse bedroom

  • Guesthouse kitchen

  • The guesthouse

  • Red-sand beach on Isabela island

  • An iguana on an afternoon swim

  • A blue-footed booby

  • Typical workday at the center

  • Guesthouse bedroom

  • Guesthouse kitchen

  • The guesthouse

  • Red-sand beach on Isabela island

  • An iguana on an afternoon swim

  • A blue-footed booby

  • Feed and care for the tortoises
  • Maintain the turtles’ enclosure
  • Assist the park rangers with zoo-keeping activities
  • Assist in educating visitors about the giant tortoises and how to keep them safe and their habitats intact
  • 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.

  • Basic 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.

  • 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. You should also choose the earliest flight into Baltra for further logistics in Galapagos – you MUST arrive by 11 am if you hope to make it to Isabela 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:

4 weeks or longer

Price:

$2295

For 4 weeks per person

Price: $2295 / 4 weeks

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