Galapagos islands conservation volunteering
Extra weeks cost £210 per week.
Description of Galapagos islands conservation volunteering
San Cristobal Island, one of the three main islands in the Galapagos, has 6,000 human inhabitants who co-exist with sea lions, giant tortoise and countless other creatures. It might look beautiful, but the island is far from untouched; some 60 percent of its flora is thought to be under threat from invasive species of the plant kind – not just humankind. Work with the National Park authority to save the island.
On this volunteering project you can get stuck in with a machete, clearing invasive species like blackberry and guava, and make room for the seeds of endemic plants. Visit an organic farm to see sustainability techniques in action and identify and log plant species. You’ll also get involved in beach cleans and work in the community, doing maintenance or spreading the word about the benefits of conservation.
You’ll be based in self-catering accommodation in Puerto Baquerizo Moreno, the island’s main town, close to the beach and snorkelling sites. If you like you can spend your free time with sea lions – these noisy, inquisitive creatures won’t allow you to enjoy the beach alone.
PlanetWildlife and conservation
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.
As we work, any rubbish that is found is also removed and disposed of.
Protecting the world
We are passionate about encouraging our travellers to be kind to the environment as they travel. Each participant receives advice about how to care for the environment whilst they are away. This includes water usage, how to avoid single use plastic, and electricity usage.
We insist that all participants bring their own water bottles when they travel with us, and clean free water is always available. We have even created a water bottle that can be purchased before departure and encourage people to use it at all stages of their journey including at the airport, on flights and whilst on their project. We are striving for all of our projects to be free of single use plastic.
PeopleMeeting local needs
We work with locals throughout the community to ensure that volunteer presence will benefit a larger group of people. Our partner organisation runs an educational programme in the local school to encourage youngsters to protect their natural environment and its biodiversity.
Investing in the community
You will be staying in a local guest house whilst on this project. You will be self catering, and we encourage you to do your shopping in the local produce market. This market sells fresh fruit and vegetables, fresh fish and fresh meat - all very high quality, locally sourced and packaged without plastic. If you are not cooking for yourself, you will be eating in local restaurants and bars, investing in the local economy.
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.
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