Help with sustainable agriculture in the Galapagos, Ecuador



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  • Description


    This is a farm aiming to accomplish resilient agriculture and demonstrate the unique
    challenges the Galapagos Islands face in order to realize local sustainable food production, can indeed
    be overcome. It is also a school with a gender focus. It all looks to expand local clean production in
    order to contribute to the islands’ food security, soil conservation and regeneration, reduced emissions
    while creating opportunities for self-empowerment and strengthening community based solutions.
    The farm
    was founded and is led by Karina Bautista, an environmental scientist specialized in sustainable food systems.
    Karina works with her husband, Daniel Sotomayor Gallardo, second generation Galapaguenian. We
    believe working on food sovereignty and sustainable agriculture is a fundamental contribution to the
    realization of long-term sustainability and conservation of Galapagos’ ecosystems.

  • Types of help and learning opportunities

    Types of help and learning opportunities

    DIY and building projects
    General Maintenance
    Creating/ Cooking family meals
    Farmstay help
    Help with Eco Projects

  • UN sustainablity goals this host is trying to achieve

    UN sustainablity goals this host is trying to achieve

    UN goals
    No poverty
    Zero hunger
    Good health and well-being
    Quality education
    Gender equality
    Clean water and sanitation
    Affordable and clean energy
    Decent work and economic growth
    Industries, innovation and infrastructure
    Reduce inequality
    Sustainable cities and communities
    Responsible consumption and production
    Climate action
    Life below water
    Life on land
    Peace, justice and strong institutions
    Partnerships for the goals
  • Cultural exchange and learning opportunities

    Cultural exchange and learning opportunities

    Previous Volunteers have come for learning agroecology practices. This is a great place to learn hands on. We are applying biointensive sustainable farming methods and love for our volunteers to treat this place also as a hands on agroecology school. Moreover volunteers will share with a four generation Galapaguenian family (among the founding families in Galapagos), and be part of our project to demonstrate sustainable living alternatives are possible in Galapagos. Our project includes bioconstruction with bamboo.

  • Help


    We need help with overall farming tasks. We are at a research/experimentation phase and so need help particularly with establishing new areas as crops and/or edible forest. Hard work is a common part of our daily work and we start really early. If you are not a morning person or have back/physical injuries/ills this is most probably not the place for you. If you dislike humidity, this is definitely not the place for you.

    We always welcome bioconstruction enthusiasts, and if you are particularly creative in the kitchen, we are looking for help to innovate with the farm's produce. We love those who are keen (and have the skill) to help us maintain/fix old structures.

    We only take volunteers that can stay for a minimum of 4 weeks and give preference to those that can stay longer. We LOVE receiving couples!

  • Languages spoken

    English: Fluent
    Spanish: Fluent
    Portuguese: Fluent

  • Accommodation


    Independent house with bathroom and kitchen. House is very old and is not luxurious but has all that is needed. Hot water, cooking gas, clean linens (and we can wash them too as needed), mosquito net, and drinking water provided. House has two rooms and multiple beds so it may be shared with more volunteers. Stay includes some/limited vegetables from the farm for volunteers to cook with. We don't provide meals. Please be aware that this is a tropical location so insects and geckos are common intruders in the house, and there is a lot of humidity. We try our best so that volunteers feel good at our farm, but it is not possible for us to provide cleaning service, laundry service, towels, and new bedding for all volunteers. This is a humble accommodation, and so is our lifestyle.

  • What else ...

    What else ...

    Galapagos is great to explore on your Free time. We are flexible so volunteers can Travel to other islands, dive or explore the island's more remote places. Tortoise watching, surfing, Diving, biking and fishing trips are among the many possibilities.

    We're 8km away from main town Puerto Ayora connected via a great bike route. We're in walking distance to public transportation that costs as little as 0,50$ or 4$ for a Taxi.

  • A little more information

    A little more information

    • Internet access

    • Limited internet access

      Limited internet access

    • We have pets

    • We are smokers

    • Can host families

  • How many Workawayers can stay?

    How many Workawayers can stay?


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    Hours expected

    Maximum 4-5 hours a day, 5 days a week

Host ref number: 654895453658