Biodiversity Protection – Conservation volunteer
Work with the Biodiversity Protection Agency of Galapagos (ABG). You will be helping the ABG with their cargo, tourism, and quarantine control to prevent endemic species trafficking and the introduction of invasive species at the three points of embarkation – pier, port, and airport.
We encourage all volunteers to stay as long as possible to maximize local and personal benefit. We encourage longer commitments by heavily discounting each additional week stayed. Minimum stay is 2 weeks; maximum stay is 3 months. All volunteers must arrive to Isabela on Mondays.
Our schedules are based on 20 hrs/week. The normal schedule is Monday-Friday 7.30 – 11.30AM which may be subject to change depending on the tasks at hand.
Cost includes full room and board, permits, visas, local coordination and training at respective facility, local transport, full access to our facilities, National Park certificates, etc.—everything minus personal expenses and your airfare to Galápagos.
Accommodation is provided in our fully equipped Volunteer Villas or by one of our carefully selected host families. These are families who have experience with outside culture and international living through cultural exchange with our students and volunteers. Additionally to providing extra income for housing our students and volunteers, we train these families to be ambassadors in the community in areas such as English, domestic wellbeing, and nutrition.
You will have breakfast and dinner with your family. Lunch is provided at your choice of various restaurants in town. You simply sign for your meal and we’ll pick up the bill at the end of the month. For villa living breakfast is not included. Dinner is provided in your choice of restaurant.
• Basic to intermediate level of Spanish
• A genuine passion for animal conservation
• An ability to openly communicate rules and regulations to tourists and follow instructions
• Ability to work independently as well as in a team
• Physical ability to work outdoors with potentially high allergen, sun and temperature exposure
Experience and Feedback
We’re a very small and personal program but have had some 20 long term volunteers (one year plus) and over 200 short term and students volunteers. Our satisfaction rate is 99%. However we respect your privacy and don’t give out direct contacts. Our International Coordinator can send you some feedback and comments from former participants upon request.