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Help preserve nature on the Galapagos Islands: a life-changing experience

Man looking at the trees in a green forest on the Galapagos Islands in Ecuador

Superb chance to volunteer and do your part in maintaining this one-of-a-kind biosphere

The future of farming is organic, especially in a protected ecosystem like the Galapagos Islands. On the main island of the Galapagos, San Cristóbal, there are plenty of fincas (large ranch-like farms) but only one of them is fully organic. And with the project opening up to outsiders, you get a very special opportunity to help out on this Finca and learn how to live and work in harmony with nature, preserving the Galapagos Islands for many years to come. 

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The unique ecosystem of the Galapagos
The Galapagos islands are known for their high degree of endemism (a fancy word for animal or plant species that are found only in that specific location). Due to the isolated location of the Galapagos, far from the mainland of South America, the islands hold the perfect conditions for the evolution of unique species over time. The Galapagos Islands are home to many species of plants and animals that are found nowhere else in the world, including the Galapagos giant tortoise, the Galapagos penguin, and the Darwin's finch. All of this makes the islands a popular destination for ecotourism, as they provide an opportunity to observe and study unique and diverse wildlife in their natural habitats.

Explore the famed Galapagos Islands while helping protect the environment for many years to come

Let's get this out of the way first: volunteering doesn't mean you have to work every day and will miss out on all the great stuff the Galapagos has to offer. There is plenty of time and even built-in excursions into your stay at San Cristóbal. 

During your stay on the island, you'll get to do excursions like a day trip to Kicker Rock, a lava formation in the middle of the ocean which has become a nesting and resting space for many unique bird species. When you're done with bird-watching, you'll get to snorkel in the open ocean to marvel at underwater life. You can spot different shark species (there's even a chance of seeing Hammerhead sharks!), turtles, rays and many more aquatic animals. Since the Galapagos contain many remote and beautiful beaches, you'll get to experience those too. On one of the days, you'll even go to a turtle breeding program, to get a taste of some other preservation work that is being done around the Galapagos. In addition to all of this natural goodness, you can also take part in surfing or yoga classes while you're there. 

Spotted Eagle Ray among a school of fish near the Galapagos islands in Ecuador

The work you'll be doing at the project

Volunteering at the Galapagos is a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to explore one of the world’s most biologically diverse places and get hands-on with nature. This environment is as unique as it is beautiful, and you make sure that your impact on its precious ecosystem is minimized by using sustainable practices while making delicious food from local ingredients, recycling water, employing composting techniques and creating nurseries for native plants, all of which you as a volunteer will be involved in. In addition to working alongside a passionate community of biologists, farmers and locals, you'll learn about all the different types of plants, crops and animals, sharing experiences and learnings with the community. 

Get to know the Galapagos islands and all its inhabitants while you work on an organic farm in the middle of paradise. You will get to live in a small community and work as a volunteer alongside the local people of San Cristóbal. It's a truly amazing experience that gives you the chance to learn about the benefits of sustainable agriculture and the flora and fauna of the Galapagos islands. 

Two women working as volunteers on the organic farm on San Cristóbal, the Galapagos Islands

See and do on San Cristóbal

Let's be honest, you're here for nature. All of the main activities in San Cristóbal are focused on the national park and its wonderful inhabitants. There are countless of special species on the islands, both on land and in the ocean. You'll have plenty of opportunities to explore every nook and cranny of the island at your own pace. Visit the Alcedo Volcano and Pinnacle Rock or go and swim with sea lions. If you're more adventurous, why not kayak around the island or rent a mountain bike and ride through town?

Blue-footed booby on a rock on the Galapagos Islands in Ecuador

Craving some Galapagos goodness?

We've got plenty more you can see and do on the Galapagos and in Ecuador, which would make perfect additions to your journey through South America. Below are some suggestions, but make sure to hit us up for your own personalised trip suggestion!

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