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Galapagos adventure holiday with volunteering

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Ecuador, Galapagos Islands
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From US $2490 (21 days) excluding flights
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We are an Ecuador & Galapagos based travel specialist. We accept payments via wire and paypal/credit cards. The True Galapagos Experience has 2 week and 10 day itineraries also available. Get in Touch for more details.
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Dates:
The program goes from Sunday to Sunday, it is available to start every week and only closes for Christmas and New Year
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Offers:
$200 off our amazing Galapagos Experience until June 2015!
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Galapagos adventure holiday with volunteering


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Galapagos adventure holiday with volunteering : the story of this holiday company

The story began over 10 years ago. At that time, founder Enrique, had just graduated from Dension University in Granville, OH with a degree in Economics. He decided that before venturing off to Wall Street to pursue what he thought was his ‘dream job’ he would head back home to Ecuador for a few months. During those few months he experienced Ecuador, Peru, and many other Latin American countries like he never before had. During his travels he realized that there was a major void where intimate and locally owned tourism was concerned. Big corporate businesses ruled the tourism industries throughout Ecuador and Peru, and they left much to be desired. Instead of coming back to pursue a possibly lucrative career on Wall Street, Enrique stayed in Ecuador with dreams of opening up an intimate, local, and customized tourism service. 11 years later the company is still growing strong with every passing year. With passion for Ecuador, the Galapagos, and Peru, the tour company provides a whole new take on tourism in Latin America. Unlike big corporate tourism agencies, it connects you to the people and land in an intimate way you never thought possible, enabling you to have the experience of a lifetime. Enrique and his staff believe that a sightseeing business cannot provide a genuine experience without knowing the country or area firsthand. They stand out for their understanding of both the country and the local traditions, something no other business can offer. Instead of shipping you around on a bus stopping at a few select locations, they set you up for incredible experiences that you will never forget

Responsible tourism: Galapagos adventure holiday with volunteering

Environment

At Lead Adventures we work closely with local people with the commitment of protecting our stunning and unparalleled natural environment. Our previous experience of environment conservation, through the Ecuadorian programmes we offer, equips us with both the expertise and trustworthiness to keep our promise; we will do everything we can to minimise the impact of our Peruvian programmes on the environment.
Every trip was designed with the aid of an EIA (Environmental Impact Assessments) expert, each excursion tailored to a policy of ¨zero environmental impact´.
We only hire excellently trained, environmentally responsible guides, to ensure an exceptional example is set for participants.
Furthermore, we exemplify environmental awareness even in our offices, adopting the practice of a ´Green Office´. This is our unified effort to reduce the amount of paper and energy we use, and to cut the amount of waste generated by us as a business.

The conservation work you will undertake during your trip will help considerably towards a major Galapagos problem;, the growth of invasive flora species, such as blackberries. These plants are endangering the survival of endemic species. Every invasive flora plant you remove, and every endemic species you replant, is contributing directly to the ecological growth and repair of the island. All participants will travel in small groups (6-8 people max), so as to minimise pedestrian damage, and all will receive a scientific orientation in our offices, in an effort to provide detailed awareness of the conservation situation of the Galapagos.

When in ecologically sensitive areas like the Galapagos it is essential that waste is minimised and recycling strategies implemented. Guides will provide detailed information of the environmental impact of each trip for the participants. However there is still an element of personal responsibility for each traveller regarding their waste and recycling.

Community

With us, you are a responsible traveller; part of the cost of each of our programmes will go directly to developing and sustaining local Peruvian communities. Furthermore, through our programmes, you have a chance to meet these communities, learn how they live, and subsequently better understand the problems they face.

Many of our programmes directly involve and benefit local community members. From football training with local youths, to English teaching with indigenous children, to building homes for poverty stricken families, we always have the needs of the community at our core.

We generate jobs by hiring local guides, host families and porters, and offer assistance with their progress in the tourism industry. We try to give most of our revenue back to communitity-oriented projects such as family run hostels, rather than large multinational tourism corporations.

When we do not provide food services for our participants, we enthusiastically encourage them to dine at local restaurants. There is a great number of hotspots offering wide varieties of authentic dishes at affordable prices; travellers can experience an exciting new cuisine and simultaneously give money back to local businesses. We offer highly informative sessions before all participants begin their programmes, detailing the needs and problems of local areas. There is supplemental material provided on our website, and pamphlets are regularly distributed, giving the traveler useful information about their impact on the environment, and what they can do to reduce it.

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Galapagos adventure holiday with volunteering

You can trust Responsible Travel reviews because, unlike many other schemes, reviews can ONLY be written by people who we have verified have been on the holidays. In addition, we don't run these holidays ourselves - our only interest is giving you the best independent advice.


5 stars
I am reborn! Simply the best holiday I have ever been on
4 stars
Some great stories to tell the grandchildren. Would recommend to a friend
3 stars
Very enjoyable
2 stars
It was OK
1 star
A bit disappointing really

Reviewed 30 Jul 2013 by Dot Lemon4 star rating

1. What was the most memorable or exciting part of your holiday?


The amazing wildlife and environs of the Galapagos Islands

2. What tips would you give other travellers booking this holiday?


Embrace all the elements and experiences of this programme - a wonderful opportunity

3. Did you feel that your holiday benefited local people, reduced environmental impacts or supported conservation?


Definitely ticked all of these boxes

4. Finally, how would you rate your holiday overall?


A fantastic mix of meaningful volunteering work, organised activities and free time to do your own thing

Reviewed 09 Apr 2012 by Lisa Teo4 star rating

1. What was the most memorable or exciting part of your holiday?


The volunteering at foundation reserve is the most memorable as we get to contribute back to the Galapagos National Park as well as making new friends and understanding the objectives/ problems of conserving the Islands.

2. What tips would you give other travellers booking this holiday?


To have an open mind to try new activities such as planting, counting slugs for research program etc and be flexible about schedule at times.

3. Did you feel that your holiday benefited local people, reduced environmental impacts or supported conservation?


Yes, the operator uses local guides and local hotels so the guided tours benefited local people but it's the volunteering project that support conservation.

4. Finally, how would you rate your holiday overall?


Simply unforgettable. I had the best time doing new things while making new friends.

Reviewed 30 Dec 2011 by Kate Martin5 star rating

1. What was the most memorable or exciting part of your holiday?


Discovering the beautiful Galapagos islands with their varied plants, birds and
animals, differing from one island to another. You really can understand how
Darwin realised his evolution theory!

2. What tips would you give other travellers booking this holiday?


Book extra time at the end of the trip! Certain islands can only be visited on
3-4 day boat tours.

3. Did you feel that your holiday benefited local people, and minimized impacts on the environment?


Yes - both directly from the volunteer work, and indirectly with the rest of the
holiday elements.

4. Finally, how would you rate your holiday overall?


FANTASTIC! It was a trip of a lifetime! Great way to celebrate my 40th!

Reviewed 27 Nov 2011 by Angela Loten5 star rating

1. What was the most memorable or exciting part of your holiday?


The scenery and the birdwatching were excellent. The guide was marvellous.

2. What tips would you give other travellers booking this holiday?


If at all unsure phone and speak to them.

3. Did you feel that your holiday benefited local people, and minimized impacts on the environment?


Benefited local people definitely. Environmentally not really with all those flights!

4. Finally, how would you rate your holiday overall?


Excellent.

Reviewed 03 Nov 2011 by Amanda Roden3 star rating

1. What was the most memorable or exciting part of your holiday?


The project on San Cristobal during the second week of the trip as that was what I thought the whole trip would be like, a good group of people from different countries (around 15 volunteers plus staff). We did machete and hoe work, amongst other things, which was hard but in the evenings we would, for example, bake bread over an open fire with just the moonlight overhead.

2. What tips would you give other travellers booking this holiday?


Ask questions before you go, even if you feel you would rather not, if there are things you would like to know about the trip, definitely better to ask beforehand. Take a head net and sunhat for the project on San Cristobal, also high factor sun cream and insect repellent are a must, plus a torch as it’s quite dark at night on the projects.

3. Did you feel that your holiday benefited local people, and minimized impacts on the environment?


Yes, I felt that staying on the projects and on the islands, the work we did was beneficial and we had a minimal impact on the environment I think.

4. Finally, how would you rate your holiday overall?


It was an amazing trip that I will not forget, but anyone thinking of going on this trip or a trip like this should do research first and make sure it is for them. If you go at off peak times of the year, do not expect a large group of people every week of the trip, in fact you may just be on your own.
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