Our projects are designed to immerse you in a different culture, living and working with local people. There’s plenty to gain personally from this, but we make sure that the project directly benefits local people and wildlife too.
Wildlife - The Galapagos Islands are an amazing place to visit due to the diversity and beauty. Unfortunately human presence has impacted the biodiversity negatively, and the ecosystem is considered under threat. We work hard to increase biodiversity by clearing alien vegetation and replanting native species.
Waste - all participants are encouraged to bring a flask with them to avoid the over-reliance on plastic water bottles, which are not easy to dispose of environmentally. We work to free the land of any rubbish in areas in which we are working.
Conservation- we make sure that we plant trees, clear areas overtaken by foreign weeds and promote environmental development in all of the locations in which we work.
Environmental commitment - our company is an environmentally responsible one that operates recycling and reusing of waste products. We also offset carbon emissions in our office (gas, electricity, business mileage) and encourage all participants to offset their flight emissions via a carbon offset scheme run in conjunction with Tree Aid.
Meeting local needs - We work with locals throughout the community to ensure that volunteer presence will benefit a larger group of people. Locals will drive the boats, provide meals and accommodation, give tours and drive vehicles for the volunteers. Many locals have even started helping out in the conservation efforts too. There is an education programme run in the local school to encourage youngsters to protect their natural environment and its biodiversity.
You will be staying in local guest houses throughout this project. Meals are provided either by your guest house hosts or by members of the local community, thus helping to ensure that money earned stays within the local community.
Cultural sensitivity - We emphasise the importance of showing respect for local people and their customs in our briefing material. It is important to us that participants work well with the teams in the Galapagos, and we help them as much as we can with this. We get to know all of the people that go away with us, so that we know as much as we can about them to give them a warm welcome on arrival. Volunteers are made aware of religious and cultural differences to help respect and abide by these.