The Galapagos Islands have long been steeped in a kind of ecological lore. Vast, sweeping beaches, rare, endemic species, all wrapped up in a set of volcanic islands that straddle the equator. In an effort to protect the exceptional, thriving beauty of this incredibly special place, it is important that conservation and education efforts are designed around knowledge of and respect for its inhabitants.
IOI works with local authorities, the Galapagos National Park, schools, universities, and other international nonprofits to ensure that all its efforts are consistent with the needs of the local habitats and community. Collaboration and contribution are built into the ethos of IOI, and by working together, we’re ensuring that the wild and beautiful landscape of the Galapagos remain protected and thriving for centuries to come.
Study abroad is a key and central part of what we do at IOI. Our faculty-led programs are custom designed to fit every university’s needs while also emphasizing cultural exchange, service learning, and language immersion.