I have been wanting to go to the Galapagos Islands for some time, not just as a tourist, but as a volunteer helping to contribute to local community needs. I simply researched the organizations offering volunteer programs in the Galapagos, and Lead Adventures had a good balance between working and seeing the islands.
Alumni Spotlight: Alex Moraitis
Alex Moraitis is from Australia, growing up in Perth and living the past few years in Darwin. Alex blends his working lifestyle by working as a Project Manager most of the time and as a SCUBA diving instructor when he hits the road and travels. Alex is a 40 year young male with a massive passion in the underwater world and mountain hiking, and he loves exploring different cultures and environments.
Why did you decide to volunteer abroad with Lead Adventures in Ecuador?
What advice do you have for future volunteers?
Go in with an open mind and willingness to contribute where you can. Also remember everything works different than at home so don’t expect things to be the same or easy; you will challenge yourself with your comfort zones.
What made this volunteer abroad experience unique and special?
We were on the Galapagos Islands, and I was able to stay longer on my own in order to continue exploring and interacting with the unique wildlife and local culture. This experience reminded me that these kinds of activities are what I want in my lifestyle.