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Volunteer in the Galapagos Islands

Volunteer in the Galapagos Islands

Volunteer in the Galapagos Islands with International Volunteer HQ on a unique range of volunteer abroad projects. This program is an eco volunteers dream, with options to volunteer in Giant Tortoise Conservation, Environmental Conservation, Sea Turtle Nest Monitoring, Sustainable Agriculture, Conservation Marketing & Social Media, and Teaching English. Galapagos volunteers are based in Puerto Villamil, on the southeastern edge of Isabela Island. With affordable Program Fees and top rated volunteer projects trusted by over 136,000 travellers, IVHQ is the best volunteer organisation in the Galapagos Islands.

Highlights:
  • 6 meaningful project options available year-round
  • Program Fees from £1201 for 2 weeks
  • Includes orientation, accommodation, meals and 24/7 in-country support
  • Accommodation in a homestay with a local family

  • Volunteer program is based in Puerto Villamil on Isabela Island

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Key information

Fully hosted experience from £1201
Volunteer from 2 - 12 weeks
Ages 18+ and families
Based in Puerto Villamil
Projects align with UN Sustainable Development Goals
Impact driven projects run by locals
B Corporation certified organization
Discover wondrous wildlife

Volunteer opportunities in the Galapagos Islands

Conserves the environment

4-6 hours volunteering per day

Program Fees from £1201

  • Duration: 2 - 12 weeks
  • Programs start every Monday
  • Based on Isabela Island
  • Volunteers aged 18+

This is a unique project that enables volunteers to gain digital marketing and social media experience within the conservation field. You'll help raise awareness of the sustainable development activities taking place in the Galapagos National Park, while contributing towards the protection of this incredible place.

Conserves the environment

4-6 hours volunteering per day

Program Fees from £1201

  • Duration: 2 - 12 weeks
  • Programs start every Monday
  • Based on Isabela Island
  • Volunteers aged 18+

Help to conserve one of the world's most biodiverse National Parks! Help protect the Galapagos Island's unique and fragile ecosystems through a variety of conservation, sustainable tourism, and community development initiatives.

Protects animals

4-6 hours volunteering per day

Program Fees from £1201

  • Duration: 2 - 12 weeks
  • Programs start every Monday
  • Based on Isabela Island
  • Volunteers aged 18+

Help conserve the famous and sadly endangered Galapagos Giant Tortoise. You'll care for these magnificent creatures at a breeding center in the Galapagos National Park and raise awareness of important conservation activities that helps protect these tortoises in the Galapagos.

Protects animals

4 hours volunteering per day

Program Fees from £1201

  • Duration: 2 - 12 weeks
  • Programs start every Monday
  • Based on Isabela Island
  • Volunteers aged 18+ and families

Help conserve endangered sea turtles in the Galapagos National Park. Support nesting and hatching activities by collecting data, patrolling beaches, monitoring nests, identifying species, and more! This project is only available from January to the end of May.

Conserves the environment

4-6 hours volunteering per day

Program Fees from £1201

  • Duration: 2 - 12 weeks
  • Programs start every Monday
  • Based in the Tomás de Berlanga highlands
  • Volunteers aged 18+ and families

Learn local agriculture techniques and work towards a more sustainable future for the Galapagos Islands and its inhabitants. You'll be based in the lush tropical highlands of Isabela Island.

Increases access to education

3-5 hours volunteering per day

Program Fees from £1641

  • Duration: 3 - 12 weeks
  • Programs start every Monday
  • Based on Isabela Island
  • Volunteers aged 18+ and families

Help local people improve their English language skills by teaching in the Galapagos Islands. In a place that relies heavily on tourism, you’ll be helping local children progress at school and supporting local adults to secure long term employment.

What recent volunteers said about their IVHQ experience

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Alexandra Todd
02 Apr 2024

I had the most memorable time. The best way to get to know the Galapagos is through volunteering - I feel that volunteers really make a difference on this program.

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Carol Pochardt
02 Apr 2024

I was nervous about going to a new isolated place, with limited language skills. The IVHQ and local team made it easy, and I made so many new friends while making a positive impact on an endangered species.

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Aundy Morton
25 Mar 2024

My hosts were exceptional, and the location to my worksite was close. Meals were tasteful with lots of variety. The fresh fruit was delicious!

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Jay Studer
01 Feb 2024

I absolutely love wildlife and believe in the conservation of nature. I believe mankind has played a big part in its destruction and decline of wildlife species and should do everything possible to help stop this. The Giant Tortoise Conservation project has made a huge difference and I am thankful for my experience.

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Shirley Phippen
30 Jan 2024

I loved that the team set up a WhatsApp group for volunteers right before we arrived to receive information and connect with each other. It was clear that they all cared and tried to support us in every way they could. The meals were good and I loved having the opportunity to eat lunch in the different restaurants each day - that was brilliant!

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Marie Perez
24 Jan 2024

What I loved most about this experience was the people; both the people who lived on Isabela Island and the international community of staff and volunteers. Every person was a wealth of information about their culture, their occupation and their pasts. My favorite time of day was at meals - I loved my host family. My host "Mom" was a great cook. We had fun communicating and at times mis-communicating. Along with providing a nice family environment they also took me on family outings, including visiting their family farm in the highlands on the weekend.

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