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Galapagos Islands Community Development & Agriculture

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Visit the remote and striking archipelago of the Galapagos Islands with its stunning volcanic geography and landscapes and its hugely diverse and esoteric flora and fauna.

Although only five of its 13 major islands are inhabited, the islands have attracted a wide array of visitors over the centuries from pirates and seafarers to refugees and even Incas!  Most famous of visitors to the Galapagos Islands is Charles Darwin whose observations of the island's birdlife led to his development of the Theory of Evolution expounded in his famous work On the Origin of the Species.

1,000 km from the Ecuadorian mainland, the islands enjoy fine weather all year round so, perhaps surprisingly, the Galapagos Penguins are one of the most famous indigenous animals to be found – supposedly stranded in this benign habitat after the ice age! Other fascinating species endemic to the islands include the giant Galapagos Tortoise which has an average lifespan of over 150 years and the Flightless Cormorant which, with only around 1,500 individuals, is one of the world's rarest birds. Visiting the Galapagos Islands is a unique and memorable experience and will open your eyes to the beauty of the natural world in ways you could never have imagined.

PROJECT HIGHLIGHTS

  • Visit the remote & striking archipegalo of the Galapagos Islands
  • Gain a life time of unmatchable memories
  • Directly help the local community

PROJECT REQUIREMENTS

  • Minimum age of 18 years
  • Basic Spanish recommended
Community Emergency Ground Transport Hotel Meals Terrestrial Trekking
FAST FACTS
Location Galapagos Islands, Ecuador
Activities Livestock rearing & horse care
Milking & milk delivery
Wild blackberry control
Fence maintenance
Seedling & plant care
Tree planting
Teaching English or other subjects
Transport Airport pick-up 
Taxi to accommodation on project site
Accommodation Shared volunteer ranch house

WHAT'S INCLUDED
Before you go Pre-departure support
Travel & medical advice & documentation
Equipment and visa advice
Discounted medical kit
Free Frontier t-shirt
In-country Accommodation
Airport pick-up 
Local orientation and training 
In-country emergency support
24-hour international HQ backup

WHAT WILL I BE DOING?

This project offers a combination of community tourism and volunteer work, which – unusually for the Galapagos – addresses the needs of the indigenous human population rather than those of the native wildlife. There is widespread international support for the conservation of the Galapagos wildlife and the island's environment but much less attention has been paid to the needs of the human communities whose welfare impacts directly on the natural ecosystem. This important project seeks to remedy this.

There is a wide range of volunteer tasks to be carried out, either in the area of environment, community development and education, or therapy for disabled children.  The main activities focus on supporting  the local highlander families with livestock rearing and horse care, milking and milk delivery, wild blackberry control, fence maintenance, seedling and plant care, tree planting, teaching English or other subjects in the local school (depending on experience). Whatever tasks you end up doing you will be sure to receive a warm welcome and will engage in valuable and productive work. You will acquire new skills and experiences and return home with a life time of unmatchable memories.  

WHAT HAPPENS WHEN I ARRIVE?

You will fly into Quito airport in Ecuador and then onto the Galapagos island of San Cristobal via Guayaquil. Here you will be welcomed by your local project representative and taken by taxi to your accommodation on the project site. Please be aware that as you will be entering a National Park you will be required to pay a $100 fee upon entry.

WHERE WILL I BE STAYING?

You will be living in mixed sex rooms, with between two and four volunteers per room, in the six bedroom volunteer ranch house. You will be offered a choice of traditional bed or hammock and you will have the convenience of running water, hot showers and flushing toilets.

WHAT WILL I BE EATING?

Food is not included but you will be able to buy food in nearby Puerto Baquerizo Moreno, which is a short $4 taxi ride away or can be easily walked within 2 hours, and there is a kitchen in the volunteer house available for use.

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ADDITIONAL OPPORTUNITIES

After your daily tasks are complete, or during your free time, there are lots of sights to see and things to do on and around the island.

If you are an avid birdwatcher, then visiting this island is a must to see the Chatham Mockingbird – an endemic species, similar to the Galapagos Mockingbird.

Playa Cabo de Horno has some fantastic opportunities for expert surfers to take on world-class breaks, as the surf here is truly outstanding.

Head out to Puerto Grande which is a lovely protected cove on the north-western coast of the island or visit Punta Pitt in the north-eastern side. Ideal for swimming and snorkelling, Puerto Grande is a sandy beach where you can spot a number of seabirds. While Punta Pitt, known for its unique geological features, is one of the few places where one can see all three species of Galapagos boobies nesting. In the northernmost corner of the island is Los Galapagos, where you can see the Galapagos Tortoises living in the wild.

If you don't mind a bit of travelling, then head off the island to places like Isla Lobos and Loen Dormido or Kicker Rock. An hour's journey away, Isla Lobos has the main Booby and Sea Lion colonies of Isla San Cristobal. Here, you can also spot Lava Lizards along a 300m-long trail. Kicker Rock is a fantastic place to visit – shaped like a sleeping lion, this rock sits in the middle of the sea and is a great place to snorkel and scuba dive.

COSTS

1 week € 595

Extra week € 245

DEPARTURE DATES

Monthly

DURATION

Minimum 1 week

WHAT'S INCLUDED

Before you go

  • Pre-departure support
  • Travel & medical advice & documentation
  • Discounted medical kit
  • Free Frontier t-shirt

In-country

  • Accommodation
  • Airport pick-up 
  • Ground transfers
  • Local orientation
  • Project training
  • In-country emergency support
  • 24-hour international HQ backup

AIRPORT INFORMATION

Nearest airport(s): San Cristobal (SCY), Guayaquil (GYE)

WHAT'S NOT INCLUDED

Flights

Flights are not included in our project costs. However, Frontier have partnered with an experienced and professional team of travel experts to help our volunteers find the best flight deals for their trips with Frontier. This travel specialist operates in the tailor-made, long haul multi-stop travel market, arranging complex airfares and transfers for independent travellers. They provide expertise, security and a vast product range along with a Travel Butler service which is a single point of contact and support whilst you are overseas.

We recommend that you obtain a quote using the following contact details rather than book online, as our partner will offer you the most competitive fares. To receive your quote or to seek any advice for your flights, please contact Frontier’s dedicated team of travel experts on 0800 082 9994 (or +44 800 082 9994 outside the UK) or email frontier@flightcentre.co.uk .

Visas

For fast, efficient and up-to-date visa advice please contact our recommended visa consultancy partner:

Depending on your destination country and your country of origin, you might require a visa. Please see the appropriate country consular website for details or contact our affiliate visa consultancy service. Please note that your visa will usually start on the date that you enter the destination country regardless of when it was issued. Please check with the relevant embassy or high commission. If you are purchasing your visa or paying entry/exit fees in-country you will probably need to pay in US Dollars. If you have any questions please consult the relevant embassy or high commission. Please check the visa information regularly, as changes often happen without warning.

Insurance

You'll need to buy appropriate travel insurance covering your participation on the project. You won't be able to go without the right travel insurance so double check to avoid disappointment. Please make sure that you're covered for the whole duration of your trip – from the day you leave the UK to the day you return. It's also best to get your travel insurance at the same time as paying the deposit for your project. Depending on your policy, this will cover you for any unexpected cancellations.

Your insurance should include the following:

  • Medical cover, including medical emergencies and medical evacuations (up to USD$3,000,000 / GBP£2,000,000);
  • Personal liability (up to USD$1,500,000 / GBP£1,000,000);
  • Cancellation and curtailment of your trip (up to the value of your project contribution).

If you are going to be scuba diving you should get coverage for scuba diving up to 30m, including hyperbaric therapy treatment (unlimited). You should consider obtaining insurance to cover you for any additional activities which you plan to do during, before, or after your Frontier project. We recommend that you obtain cover for your baggage and personal effects.


LEGAL STATEMENT
Frontier Partner Projects and Frontier group projects are run in partnership with in-country NGOs, small community based organisations, local research institutes, academic organisations and conservation agencies. Project descriptions and information are supplied directly by our partners or field staff and are accurate at time of publishing.

We aim to keep information up to date and accurate, however, the nature of our projects and in particular the fact that they are constantly evolving and developing in response to changing needs means that project activities, travel schedules, tour itineraries and daily timetables can change overnight and without notice.