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Galapagos Experience: Volunteer and Travel

Overview

Galapagos: Island Hop, Volunteer and Travel! All in One Experience!

Are you searching for more than the average cruise journey around the Galapagos? Instead of spending your entire trip boat-bound, do you want an experience offering exploration, volunteer opportunities, and travel time in the beautiful Islands?


Tourists with Sea Lion in Galapagos

If you have answered yes to these questions then The True Galapagos Experience is for you. Cultural enthusiasts, conservation specialists, lovers of the outdoors and travel fans alike will find something for their needs here.

This programme incorporates an array of exhilarating activities including: swimming with sea lions, snorkeling with sharks, playing with giant tortoises, volunteering at local reserves, strolling along crystalline beaches, island hopping and much more; this is not just a trip, this is The True Galapagos Experience.

So what are you waiting for? This is your chance to create lifelong memories and simultaneously make a lasting positive difference to the Galapagos Archipelago. Do something unique; a lot of people may travel to the islands, but not everyone leaves after enjoying a rewarding experience like this one.

Note: We run small groups with limited capacity, therefore due to high demand we recommend bookings are made as early as possible.

Program Highlights and Benefits:

 

  • This Galapagos Volunteer work programme offers a way to explore the “true” Galapagos Islands, just like Darwin did.
  • It includes a unique itinerary with local specialists combining excursions and wildlife interaction with volunteering activities in different islands.
  • There is flexibility to enjoy a wealth of other amazing activities and excursions, such as diving with sharks, snorkeling with sea lions, and much more.

  • With the aim of being socially responsible, this programme circulates it´s revenues within the local community, significantly increasing employment. This is an action rarely seen in traditional cruise companies, who tend to give nothing back to the neighborhoods in which they operate.
  • With the aim of being environmentally responsible, this program maintains a lower environmental impact than traditional cruise tourism. 
  • We provide a detailed scientific briefing. During your orientation in Quito a local scientist will hold a class to provide important information about the problems facing the Galapagos´. You will also be schooled in how beneficial and essential your volunteer work will be to the future of the Islands.
  • We offer great value. A one week traditional cruise excursion in the Galapagos costs around 2500USD. For the same price or less we can give you a true Galapagos Experience, the rewards and memories of which cannot be compared to run-of-the-mill Island boat trips.


 

How Does This Trip Make a Difference?

The demand for cruise companies and tours has grown in recent years, bringing an increase in pollution and noise which has negatively effected local ecosystems and the behavior of native animals. The development of a sustainable source of local income is essential for the healthy maintenance of the Galapagos Islands, and pivotal in preventing the depletion of the Island´s natural resources. However, cruise companies do not hire local providers or companies, and so the local community does not benefit from this lucrative source. This is where Lead Adventures is different. We invest most of our profits into local businesses in an effort to stimulate economic growth. We do not have the environmental impact of cruise based tourism. Choose us, and you choose to help locals and protect the natural surroundings of the Galapagos.

 

 

Join us for the Experience of a Lifetime!

 

Accomodation and Meals

Santa Cruz Hotel

    
This newly renovated complex has 19 rooms complete with wireless internet, hot water, air conditioning and flat screen TVs in selected rooms. Enjoy the brand new swimming pool, the common dining area, and the spectacular terrace view of the Pacific Ocean and Santa Cruz Fish Markets. The dedicated staff take pride in offering outstanding personalized service for every guest. Each morning a continental breakfast can be savored in the dining area near the pool. The quality service provided and array of amenities offered allow for a truly relaxing escape, in one of the last natural paradises on earth. 

Housing at San Cristobal Project  

The station at the San Cristobal project is comprised of two houses constructed from native bamboo and cement. Each house contains 11 rooms and common areas for rest and relaxation. The dining and kitchen areas are separate from the main houses. The accommodations are rustic, with space for groups of up to 45 people. Researchers can obtain necessary permits with assistance from the foundation. The reserve has electricity, but there is no internet or telephone access.

San Cristobal Hotel

    

Volunteers participating in projects during Friday evenings, Saturdays and Sundays will be accommodated in a local hostel in town, staying in shared rooms with fellow volunteers. The hostel is centrally located close to many tour operators and wonderful beaches.

Isabella Hostel

    
On Isabela Island participants will be accommodated in a family hostel, in double and triple rooms. The hostel has hot water, electricity, a spacious dining room and common areas to relax and socialize with other volunteers. It is located just one minute away from Purto Villamil beach.

Meals

Santa Cruz San Cristobal Isabela
Breakfast included per day except for Saturday ans Sunday Breakfast included in the project. Meals are not included on Friday, Saturday or Sunday. Breakfast Included