The overall purpose of the station is to rehabilitate animals that have been abandoned or mistreated. Local officials or citizens usually drop them off so the amount and type of animals varies. Each animal is placed in a separate quarantined space until they were ready to be moved to an enclosure. At the time I was there, they were even preparing to move a black caiman from the quarantine.
Ever since I read about the beauty of the Galapagos Islands in Rita Goldman’s “The Tales of a Female Nomad” two years ago, it has been my wish to visit the islands and its vibrant array of colorful wildlife. The blue-footed boobies, giant tortoises, and never-ending line of sea lions are enough to entice every different type of traveler.
We´re a team of well travelled locals who combine our personal insights and exceptional knowledge to create unforgettable trips and experiences for you.
Founder / CEO
Here we strive to create unique and authentic experiences for our participants, grounded in the extensive local knowledge we have about all our destinations. Simultaneously we believe we are truly contributing to a more sustainable and fruitful tourism industry in Latin America.
Business Development Manager
For me the best of South America is how diverse and beautiful is in every sense, from different indigenous cultures, colorful multi-cultural cities to every natural place that is so different from one to another even inside the same country.
Sales Local Specialist
Traveling is one of my passions and I have been to all parts of the world; Japan, France, Peru, Egypt, the Caribbean and the USA. I think my love of adventure began when I was a child, as I luckily used to spend my entire summers exploring the Galapagos Islands!
The bio-diversity here is just amazing. In a few hours you can travel from the Andes to the coast or the jungle. We boast a paradise with the Galapagos Islands, and across South America there is a wealth of cultural attractions, historic cities something for anyone!
Generally, traditional tourism and cruise companies are not all based locally and tend to give nothing back to the neighbourhoods and communities in which they operate.
So if you choose to work with us, you choose to help preserve Ecuador’s world-famous wonders!
We also ensure that part of the revenue of each programme goes directly towards developing and sustaining local communities. We always have the needs of the community at the core of our projects, some of which include teaching English to indigenous children. Over time, we have built strong relationships with many people in these different communities and truly care about their welfare. After all, as Ecuadorians ourselves, we feel highly responsible for ensuring that our home country is taken care of.
We also generate jobs by hiring local guides, hiring local host families and porters, and offering assistance to other local businesses in the tourism industry. In addition, we try to give most of our revenue back to community-oriented projects such as family-run hostels rather than large multinational tourism corporations, many of which have contributed to the pollution of our local resources.
So instead of going towards helping these large corporations grow, your money would be going back into the same local community that shared their customs and culture with you, helping you cultivate your Ecuadorian experience! Your money could be going towards helping a child go to school, helping a family fill their fridge, or helping people maintain the delicate ecosystem of the famous Galapagos Islands!
By choosing to book with us, you choosing to be a responsible traveller. We ensure that part of the revenue of each programme goes directly towards developing and sustaining local communities. We always have the needs of the community at the core of our projects, some of which include football training with local youths, teaching English to indigenous children. Over time, we have built strong relationships with many people in these different communities and truly care about their welfare. After all, as Ecuadorians ourselves, we feel highly responsible for ensuring that our home country is taken care of.
So instead of going towards helping these large corporations grow, your money would be going back into the same local community that shared their customs and culture with you, helping you cultivate your Ecuadorian experience! Your money could be going towards helping a child go to school, helping a family fill their fridge, or helping people maintain the delicate ecosystem of the famous Galapagos Islands! There are so many volunteer opportunities available in this beautiful country, but why not participate in one that lets you truly give back to the community that opened its arms out to you? This is a volunteer opportunity like no other! You can relax and enjoy your volunteer and travel experience knowing that unlike some travellers, you are doing more good than harm and leaving a positive mark in Ecuador. We hope that your volunteer experience with us will help you see the beauty of the country and see the warmth of the local communities that we grew up with! Help our home country, personal communities, and friends grow while learning about culture. Ecuador has so much to offer, so don’t miss out on a chance to see it from a whole different perspective.
We know how important it is to build mutually beneficial relationships with local resources here in Ecuador and the Galapagos Islands. As a South American (Ecuadorian) based company, the quality of our local contacts is second to none.
Because of our superb contacts, we have a plethora of knowledge that can’t be found in a guidebook or on the Internet. This allows us to offer quick and efficient services to our participants. Not only will you be able to find the best local restaurants around, but you’ll also be safe because our staff has local knowledge of nearby hospitals. We can also tell you about the best parts of the city to visit, based on more than enough personal experience! You’re not just coming for a visit to Ecuador-you’re coming for a visit to our home!
And the local people are more than just people that we work with. There are our friends and residents of our country! They are also willing to help out in any situation should you need it during your Ecuadorian experience. Our staff is also bilingual, which means that we can help you navigate the ins and outs of a new place safely, quickly, and efficiently.
We understand that volunteering abroad can sometimes be nerve-wracking especially if you don’t know the language. But with our help, you can relax knowing that all of the stressful details are taken care of and focus on having the best volunteering experience you can have. Instead of worrying about booking flights and accommodations, think about the good you can do during your stay in Ecuador! This is your chance to volunteer with children, volunteer in one of the world’s most amazing ecosystems, or volunteer with animals in the Amazon! And during your spare time, see some of the rarest animals around, visit some of the planet’s most well preserved buildings, or trek up amazing mountains for awe-inspiring views! All the while, you can relax knowing that your money and time is being put to good use. Experience Ecuador to its fullest by helping the community and seeing the beautiful country in multiple perspectives!
Our super local knowledge and contacts mean we have the safest and fastest security and emergency procedures in the unlikely event that an emergency arises. Additionally we are in close contact with the local Foreign Office, the British and U.S. Embassies and other recognized professional bodies in case you have a personal crisis that needs sorting out. The fact we are the best in the area is proven when other tour provider companies use our local experience and services to solve their own issues.
This is another area where being local means an advantage. Our administrative costs are much lower than agencies based in Europe or the USA. This enables us to offer lower prices for our volunteer programs compared to international travel agencies. Additionally, as we are the operators of these programs rather than the agents, we can guarantee cost efficiency.
You will be really making a difference to the area you visit. As a South American company, based in Quito, Ecuador, we have the local knowledge and capacity to choose the best managed projects. We support our aligned projects and local contacts providing valuable resources that help them continue their valuable work. This is a FAIR trade deal!