Help at an NGO nature reserve on the Galapagos Islands, Ecuador



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 Min stay requested: at least 3 weeks

  • Description


    Experience life at the Galapagos Islands!

    At the moment, we have two diffent options:

    Ref 1. RESERVE (Organic Agriculture / Permaculture, Community Development, General Mainteinance)
    Ref 2. ENGLISH TEACHER (not available at the moment / very limited)
    REF1.- RESERVE in Santa Cruz Island
    Our goal is be a sustainable model in the Galapagos Islands, and a place for exploration and learning.

    The reserve is located in the highlands of the island of Santa Cruz on the Galapagos, twenty minutes from Puerto Ayora. It's managed by Fundar, a Non-Profit organization, whose main purpose is to build a demonstrative and replicable model for the coexistence of people and their environment.

    We work on ecologic restoration, organic agriculture, education, training and conflict management among other aspects relevant to a sustainable lifestyle.

    The Reserve promotes the assumption of sustainable technologies and lifestyle among the inhabitants of the Islands, fundamentally of those who inhabit in the rural áreas. It is also a development center for the research and invention of technologies for sustainability, that will be introduced and passed onto the community through training and educational program. The feasibility of recuperating agricultural area and transforming it into natural ecosystems, maintaining an income through these ecosystems, motivates farmers to recuperate these areas and at the same time controling invasive species.

    We need volunteers for: Host visitors / students, Gerenal Mainteinence, Cleaning Common Areas, House Keeping, and Kitchen / Chef (main cook) assistant. Also we need a lot of help in gardening, organic agriculture, erradication of invasive especies, reforestation, tiny construction projects. The work changes day to day, depending on what is needed.


    In a place like Galapagos, it is important for the inhabitants to know English, in order to interact with people from all over the world. Despite being a tourist and scientific site, the population of Galapagos does not speak English in general. Formal education in English is given only in private schools and is not compulsory for basic education. Not knowing English in Galápagos is a cause of inequality and unemployment. For this reason, we have promoted a language academy, to help prepare children for the future. Not only we are interested in English, but also other languages ​​such as German, French, Portuguese or Mandarin.

    Those interested should be willing to stay from 3 months to 1 year in Galapagos. No previous experience is required, but preferred. Likewise, we prefer those who have specialized education in social sciences.

    We also value that you have additional knowledge, such as art, mathematics, music, etc.

    The volunteer will assist the main teachers, if you do not have experience. If ability and experience allows it, you are welcome to teach your own class. You will help maximum 15 hours a week (without food) or 25/ week with food. The classes are in Puerto Ayora, Santa Cruz Island, Galapagos We are two blocks from the edge of the sea, in the center of town.

  • 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
    Help around the house
    Animal Care
    Language practice
    Help with Computers/ Internet

  • 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

    The interaction with people from different cultures permits the visitor to learn about cultural affairs.

    Note: No visitor (including Ecuadorian) is allowed to stay more than 3 months here in the Galápagos, but if a volunteer wants to stay from 3 to 6 or more months, we can help you to get the TEMPORARY RESIDENT (for up to ONE YEAR). That is great opportunity to enable you to travel in between the mainland and Galapagos any time within the year (tickets discount 50%), and have a "deepening" in the galapagueña culture.

    If a user/travelers can provide a scanned copy of proof/ certification of any previous volunteer experience with other NGOs, or with referrals from, it would be considered a plus.

  • Help


    ref 1. RESERVA (Minium 3 weeks)
    We offer free accommodation for volunteers, in the Reserve (Santa Rosa)
    We don't charge any fee for the application.
    We offer free drinking water, a fridge and cutlery for volunteers, seasonal vegetables can be taken from the garden.

    If desired to stay longer than 90 days, we can help the voluenteer with the paperwork and how to sign for this position in order to get the PASSERS STATUS or TEMPORARY RESIDENT (3-12 months).

    ref 2. LANGUAGE TEACHING (Min. 8 to 12 weeks)
    We offer accommodation free for volunteers (minimum 2-3 MONTHS) in Puerto Ayora
    We don't charge any fee for the application.
    We offer kitchen and you can use organic vegetables for prepare your meals
    We make all the paper work with the volunteer, how sign for this position in order to get the PASSERS STATUS or TEMPORARY RESIDENT (3-12 months).

  • Languages spoken

    English: Fluent
    Spanish: Fluent

  • Accommodation


    Ref, 1: RESERVA
    • Shared or Private Rooms with Shared Bathroom, no access to hot water.
    • Main House with 24/7 electricity and drinkable water (not from tap).
    • Located in Santa Rosa on Santa Cruz, 20-30 minutes (18km) from Puerto Ayora by bus or shared taxi. About $25 for a taxi from the Baltra airport.
    • The Reserve does not have access to internet (wifi), and cellphone service is limited.
    • The Reserve often hosts groups who camp and take courses on site. When they are here, the kitchen is occupied by cooks and the volunteers must pay $10 for lunch and dinner or make their own arrangements. Breakfast is not included. There is a refridgerator for volunteer use.
    • Wellies (rubber boots) and gloves are available.
    • Bedding is included; bring your own towels.

    • Only for three months or more, we offer Shared or Private rooms with Bathroom.
    • If there is availability, sometimes there may be accommodation in a house of a local family. The agreement is that additionally, the volunteer will give conversational classes of 5 hours a week in this family.
    • There is two options for the time to work: 15 days fr week if the food is not provided, or 25 hours for week if the food is provided.

    The type and place of accommodation is defined once the volunteer has been approved.

  • What else ...

    What else ...

    Here, the volunteer can have the experience of what work and life at the Galapagos Islands is like.

    The hot season here is from Feb to May, June is a little bit fresh but AUG-SEPT, is the "cold" season (on average 22 celsius)

    (More info and tips is to be found at the reserve or on our website, made by former volunteers).

    We highly recommend you to take some short trips to go visit Isabela, Floreana, and San Cristobal Islands, each for 3 days/ 2 nights..(maybe a few more nights at Isabela because it is so quiet and peaceful!). You can get your tours organized to go see any islands with any agencies on Santa Cruz.

    Our island is Santa Cruz, which has the highest population of any of the islands.
    Here at Santa Cruz there is so much stuff to do during the weekends:
    Explore Puerto Ayora, a city on the Southern
    e.g. Hiking to the PUNTUDO OR CERRO CROCKER reaching from 350 to 890 masl, biking to the GARRAPATERO BEACH (around 35km one way)
    biking from PUERTO AYORA to BELLAVISTA 7km, SANTA ROSA 18km, THE TWINS 23km, from sea level to 500masl or if not, TO THE ITABACA CHANNEL 88km round trip biking with some climbings, and one of those with almost 17km of pure climbing on bike...

    CAMPING nights at the GARRAPATERO for any weekends. This is a great spot to see the milky way full of stars, hunt shooting stars any night, walk where the REALLY BIG TORTOISES roam... (we have some camping gear too)

    On weekdays you can visit places like:
    LAS GRIETAS and Finch Bay Beach, maybe a bay tour arround, a few hours at Tortuga Bay beach and Playa Mansa, visit the new baby tortoises nursery at the Galapagos Park and Charles Darwin Research Station facilities (45 min or less), the highlands farms with lots of wild tortoises (30usd hired taxi cab required, or just ride a bike)... also a tiny hike to the highest point of Santa Cruz, the Crocker mountain and the Puntudo at 890masl..
    You can explore all of them easily with plenty of free time during your stay here, simply ask other volunteers for directions or check out our website.

    This opportunity is different from our Communitary Tourism Volunteer Program (which only last for a few days or a week).

    Santa Rosa is a fairly small town with one main square. Walk down past the stadium and the school and follow the dirt road. Pass a little yellow house on the left, and the road to the reserve is the next left. About 100 meters to the reserve. If you have any difficulties, the locals can likely help.

  • 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?

    More than two

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    Hours expected

    5 hours per day, Monday-Thursday. For english teacher, 15-25 hours per week.

Host ref number: 843612829189