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Galapagos National Park

Internship and Volunteering Possible
 
At the Galapagos National Park, internships are available for students of biology, geography, tourism and related subjects. There are also volunteering activities, where you can take part in craft activities and Horticulture. 
 
 

Project Details

 
The Galapagos National Park aims to preserve the islands’ unique flora and fauna and to achieve sustainability of the population growth and tourism.

The biggest problem in Galapagos is the introduction of species of plants and animals that don’t have any natural enemies and that can therefore spread in an uncontrolled way and eradicate the local endemic species. These introduced species include the Mediterranean fruit fly, ants, tilapia, goats, pigs, donkeys, cats, rats and plants including guava, blackberry, caster-oil plant (higuerilla) and pennyroyal (poleo). Introduced rats for instance caused the extinction of the population of Galapagos tortoises on Pinzón Island. 543 introduced animal species were reported in Galapagos, out of which 55 are a serious direct threat to the endemic fauna. Introduced animals can also bring diseases and parasites to the islands' own, which can seriously unsettle the islands’ fragile biodiversity. Around 700 species of plants were introduced, out of which 50 are massively spreading. A change in the composition of the flora can have serious effects on the fauna, for which the plants serve as nutrition.
 
The work of the National Park administration includes prevention, monitoring and removal of introduced species. This includes strict controls of the introduction of new species via air and sea, and their permanent monitoring and eradication.
 
In tourism, the aim is to achieve environmental sustainability. Around 185,000 tourists visit the islands per year. The National Park administration is in charge of the training and licensing of guides, the definition and set-up of areas which are accessible to tourists and those that aren’t, and of activities which are allowed within these areas (such as using vehicles and fire-making). It also puts in place a general limitation to the number of tourists, and guidelines about waste management. The National Park administration has park guards and coast guards that ensure the compliance to these areas and guidelines.
 
In the environmental management of inhabited areas (Galapagos has a population of around 50,000 people), the tasks include the implementation of sustainable practices in agriculture and fishery, the control of domestic animals and pets, pest control in rural areas, and water, sewage and waste management. There are environmental education activities for the population.


Internship in Galapagos National park


The internship placement at Galapagos National Park is only open to students or professionals of biology, ecology, tourism and other related careers. It can take place within projects of any island of the Galapagos archipelago. The headquarters are in Puerto Baquerizo Moreno, where the National Park has a total of 52 staff members including park guards and coast guards.

As an intern you can work in all subject areas mentioned, including the monitoring of land and marine species, environmental education for tourists and the population, supervision of activities done by tourists and locals, and planning and development of tourism, land use, and sustainability guidelines.
 
As a participant you should have at least intermediate skills of the Spanish language. The maximum duration of the internship placement is 6 months. The preparation of your placement takes at least 6 weeks. If you work at headquarters, accommodation will be at the house shared by participants in the town of Puerto Baquerizo Moreno; for field work, accommodation might be in tents.
 

Volunteering in Galapagos National park

 
Volunteers do manual work with the Park Rangers in the Galapaguera area in the highlands of San Cristobal, about 40 minutes out of the port town Puerto Baquerizo Moreno. In this area, you will find the park ranger house and the volunteer house, the greenhouse, a to-be-reforested area and the semi-natural tortoise roaming and breeding area. It is also close to Puerto Chino, a beautiful beach and snorkel and surf spot. Your main activities will be:
 
  • Helping to eradicate invasive plant species or plagues of invasive insects
  • Reforesting areas of National Park with native and endemic plants
  • Working in the plant nursery for endemic species
  • Helping to maintain the Galapaguera, a National Park protected area where Giant Tortoises live in their natural environment. You clean the tortoise ponds, help to collect data and measurements of the tortoises, register nesting sites etc.
  • Maintain and look after National Park areas including trail maintenance, making/repairing signs etc.
 
Your working day will depend on the tasks that need to be carried out. Generally you will work from Monday to Friday for 4 to 7 hours per day. We recommend volunteers in Galapagos to add some days to travel around the island AFTER their volunteering activity. During the volunteer activity you cannot take days off to travel.

The start for volunteering is ALWAYS ON SATURDAYS! The duration of volunteering should be 3-12 weeks.
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General
Location: Puerto Baquerizo Moreno (San Cristobál Island), Galapagos
Availability: All year, Start date flexible
Minimum Duration: Internship - 1 Month; Volunteering - 3 Weeks
Maximum Duration: Internship - 6 Months; Volunteering - 12 Weeks
Language Requirements: Basic Spanish
Accommodation:
Shared Accommodation, Tents
Internship
Supervision Possible: Yes
Qualification Of Supervisor: Ranger, Biologist, Geographer
Minimum Qualification Of Intern:
Relevant studies or experience
Further Contribution To Project: None
Volunteering
Volunteering Possible: Yes
Required Qualification For Volunteer: -
Further Contribution To Project: None
Expectations:
Professional Conduct, Do you have the "right" attitude?
 

Accommodation

 

Accommodation in Galapagos

 

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House in Puerto Baquerizo Moreno:

 
The house for interns and volunteers in Puerto Baquerizo Moreno on San Cristobal, is located two blocks from Boulevard and 2 minutes walk from the beach "Playa Man".
 
It has 5 dormitories with 2 sets of bunk beds. Each room has a private bathroom and air conditioning. There is hot water. The house has a fully equipped self-catering kitchen and a common room. Bed linen and towels are provided. A cleaner comes multiple times a week.
 
This accommodation is suitable for any project in the town of Puerto Baquerizo Moreno.
 

Accommodation in Project:

For projects on th either islands of Galápagos, accommodation will be provided there - e.g. at an organic farm. Please refer to the details of the project and photographs to know more.
 
 

Rate

 
Internships and Volunteering options differ in the way they are priced.
 

Rates for Internships

 

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800 EUR 1000 EUR 1200 EUR    
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The World Unite! Service Package includes:

 
  • Individual Consultation and Preparation prior to your arrival
  • Access to the World Unite! Online Resource Centre which has Preparation Materials including Intercultural Preparation, compiled particularly for your destination (PDFs, Videos)
  • Preparation Session via Skype, together with further participants
  • Application for the Registration in Quito if you want to stay for more than 90 days in Galapagos (takes around one week during which you have to stay in Quito prior to travelling to Galapagos)
  • Pick-up and Transfers from/to San Cristobal (SCY) or Balta/Seymore Airport (GPS) on arrival and departure
  • Personal support staff at your location and at our international office
  • Orientation and Introduction at your location
  • Accompanying you to your placement on your first day
  • Local SIM Card with 10 USD air time
  • Issuance of Confirmations/Certificates for your university, scholarship, insurance, etc. and filling out/signing Internship Contracts for your university
 

The Rates do NOT include:

 
  • Accommodation and Meals (see below)
  • Travel to/from Galapagos (you book it on your own; we can assist you)
  • Migration Card and National Park fee (see below)
  • Insurance (Travel Health Insurance, Liability Insurance, Travel Cancellation insurance; you book it on your own, we can assist you)
  • Personal Expenses
  • Vaccinations
  • Local Transport (Estimated amounts see below)
 

b) Accommodation Costs

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(1-31 Days)
Long-time stay
(32-365 Days)
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House Shared with other participants
Per Person
(Dorm Room)
- 300-350 USD/Month
 
For incomplete months you will pay the exact amount proportionally per day.
In case of 3-4 person: Same rate as in case of 2 Persons. 5 or more persons: Contact us for group rates.
 
 

Rates for Volunteering

 
1 Week - 1270 EUR  (incl. flights Quito-Galapagos-Quito)
Any additional week 180 EUR (max. 12 weeks)
 

The Rates for Volunteering include:

 
  • Flight from Quito to Galapagos and back
  • Accommodation in Galapagos (without meals)
  • Accommodation in Quito, if flight to Galapagos leaves on a Sunday instead of Saturday
  • Pick-up and Transfers from/to San Cristobal (SCY) or Balta/Seymore Airport (GPS), depending on location of your volunteering, on arrival and departure
  • Access to the World Unite! Online Resource Centre which has Preparation Materials including Intercultural Preparation, compiled particularly for your destination (PDFs, Videos)
  • Preparation Session via Skype, together with further participants
  • Individual Consultation and Preparation prior to your arrival
  • Accompanying you to your placement on your first day
  • Donation to your project
 

The Rate DON'T include

 
  • Meals (when volunteering on farms some agricultural produce is provided at no additional cost)
  • Travel to and from Ecuador (you book it on your own)
  • Migration Card and National Park Fees (see below)
  • Insurance (Travel Health Insurance, Liability Insurance, Travel Cancellation insurance; you book it on your own, we can assist you)
  • Personal Expenses
  • Vaccinations
  • Local Transport (Estimated amounts see below)
  • If you arrive at GYE (Guayaquil) instead of Quito, we can book you accommodation and a connecting flight for 75 USD
  • Arrival outside of regular office hours and public holidays + 25 USD
  • Major change after initial booking + 30 EUR
 

Overview of other costs:

 
  • Migration Card 10 USD
  • National Park Fee 100 USD
  • If meals are not included: around 100-200 EUR (120 USD)/Month (Estimate)
  • Small local expenses (Internet, Local transport): around 20-40 EUR (30-50 USD)/Month (Estimate)
  • Insurance 20-40 EUR(30-50 USD)/Month

 

How do I pay?

 
Once all your questions have been answered and you confirm that you want to participate, we will email you an invoice. You can pay it via bank transfer or via Paypal. You will pay a deposit of 200 EUR when the invoice is issued. One months prior to your arrival you will pay the remainder for your Service Package and for the first month of rent.
 
Rent from the 2nd month, possible further contributions to the NGO or for internship supervision (see info box of the respective project description), and costs for visa and possibly further official permits you pay directly at your destination (unless we inform you differently for certain placements). There are ATMs. 
 

Extras

 

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These projects are suggestions for alternatives that may interest you or those that could be chosen as COMBINATIONS. The combination of projects in different organizations is often possible and usually cheaper than two individual bookings. Please contact us to know more! Check out our other listings in the areas of "World Learner" and "Active Travel" at your travel destination to make your stay even more interesting.
 

Learning Spanish in Galapagos!

 
A basic knowledge of Spanish is required for projects in Galápagos. Before the start of your project, you can take lessons in Quito, Ecuador or in Puerto Baquerizo Moreno on San Cristobal Island, Galapagos. The lessons are for 20 hours per week.
 
Group Lessons and Accommodation in Student House:
 
EUR Quito
1 Week 230
2 Weeks 440
3 Weeks 640
4 Weeks 840


Individual Lessons and Accommodation in Student House:
 
EUR Quito Galapagos
1 Week 280 495
2 Weeks 520 890
3 Weeks 740 1290
4 Weeks 970 1690
 
Check "Language Training Required" in the registration form, specifying your desired duration (minimum of 20 hours for one week).
 

Travel Health Insurance

 
We recommend the following travel insurance that is meant specifically for participants of internships, volunteering, language study, working holiday, and courses abroad. It is available for travelers of all nationalities and usable for all countries, except your home country. You can also add a journey liability insurance.
 
Just click on the link, fill in the form and you will get a confirmation email.
 
 
 

Galapagos

 

Santa Cruz

 
The Santa Cruz Island, after Isabela, is the second largest but most populated island of the Galapagos archipelago. On the 800 meter high volcanic island, there are several villages where farmers mainly live.  The population is about 15,000 people. The capital of the island is Puerto Ayora and had 12,000 inhabitants, the largest city of the archipelago.  There are several banks, schools, hotels, shops and entertainment. Tortuga Bay is one of the main attractions of the island for tourists. The airport of Santa Cruz is located on the adjoining northern tip of Baltra Island (Seymour Airport - GPS)  with daily flights to Quito, Guayaquil and the neighboring island of San Cristobal). From Puerto Ayora there are ferries to the neighboring populated islands San Cristobal and Isabela. The airport can be reached by taking a bus from Puerto Ayora to Itabaca channel (only 400 meters wide),  there is then a ferry and then you continue by bus to the airport.
 
In Santa Cruz, we have assignments on an organic farm in rural areas (farming, rural tourism) and Tourism Internships in the town of Puerto Ayora.


San Cristobal

 
The island of San Cristobal consists of 3-4 coalesced volcanoes with a height of up to 730 meters. On it, live about 10,000 people. Puerto Baquerizo Moreno, the capital of Galapagos, is located on the southwest tip of the island. The city has about 7000 inhabitants, the second largest city of the Galapagos Islands to Puerto Ayora and has an airport (SCY), which is connected to Quito, Guayaquil and the neighboring island of Santa Cruz. Fishing and tourism are the main activities of the inhabitants of the city.
 
On San Cristobal we offer internships (National Park Service), Spanish language classes in Puerto Baquerizo Moreno and placements on an organic farm in rural areas (farming, rural tourism).
 

Isabela

 
Isabela is the largest island and about four times as big as Santa Cruz. The island is particularly known for its animal life. It is less populated than Santa Cruz and San Cristobal; the largest village is called Puerto Villamil and is located on the southeastern tip, opposite of Santa Cruz. With about 2200 inhabitants, it is the third largest city in the Galapagos archipelago.
 
The temperatures of the coastal resorts on Galapagos remain throughout the year between 19 degrees minimum and 30 degrees maximum.
 
Isabela is a part of our 24-days Voluntourism program (the volunteering work is found on Santa Cruz and San Cristobal).

Getting There

 

Getting To Galapagos

 
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For Internships, book your flights to Galápagos. For projects on the island of San Cristobal, you can fly to SCY (San Cristobal) and for Santa Cruz you can fly to GPS (Baltra/Seymore Airport).
 
For Volunteering, the flight from Quito to Galápagos is already included in the price, so you book your tickets to Quito (Mariscal Sucre International Airport, UIO). Your volunteering assignment starts on Saturdays in Quito.
 
Alternatively, if you find a much cheaper flight to Guayaquil (GYE), we can book a stay and a connecting flight from there to Galapagos (costs around 75 USD extra). Please note that if you arrive during holidays, a surcharge of 25 USD is applicable for working outside hours.
 
You will be picked up regardless of which airport you arrive at.
 
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