Location
  • Ecuador
    • Galapagos
Length
2 to 12 weeks

Program Details

Timeframe
Short Term Spring Break Summer Winter Year Round
Housing
Host Family Hostel
Groups
Small Group (1-15)
Travel Type
Older Travelers Solo Women

Pricing

Starting Price
1420
Price Details
Fully hosted experience from only $1,420 for 2 weeks - this includes accommodation, meals, airport pick-up, orientation and 24/7 in-country support.
What's Included
Accommodation Meals Wifi
What's Not Included
Activities Airfare Domestic Airfare Transportation Travel Insurance Visa
May 01, 2024
Apr 14, 2024
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About Program

Trusted by 136,000+ volunteers, IVHQ offers the world's #1 rated volunteer programs in the Galapagos and 50+ destinations worldwide.

For the past 6 years, we've won the "Top Volunteer Abroad Provider Award" from GoOverseas, so you can trust that you're in the safest hands with IVHQ in the Galapagos.

Our affordable projects start from $79/day for your accommodation, meals, airport pick-up, project placement and local support. Projects run year-round, with durations from 2-12 weeks. Choose from 6 projects, ranging from Sea Turtle Nest Monitoring to Giant Tortoise Conservation in the conservationist's dream location of Puerto Villamil. Plus, you’ll stay with other like-minded, impact-focused travelers from around the world (private room options available).

With IVHQ’s superior pre-departure support services, you’ll gain exclusive access to your own Volunteer Travel Specialist, comprehensive preparation tools and volunteer training before you leave home.

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Program Highlights

  • Cheapest volunteer programs from $79/day for your accommodation, meals, airport pick-up, project placement & local support.
  • Volunteer for 2-12 weeks, year round start dates most Mondays.
  • 15+ years experience & only B Corp certified volunteer travel organization.
  • Get free changes up to 14 days before you start with our flexible booking policy.
  • Affordable way to earn college credit - gain 5 credits for only US$500!

Program Reviews

5.00 Rating
based on 7 reviews
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  • Impact 4.85
  • Support 4.85
  • Fun 5
  • Value 4.6
  • Safety 5
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CAROL
5/5
Yes, I recommend this program

Great Experience

I had a wonderful experience from the first application to the follow up emails after returning home. I worked at the Galapagos Giant Tortoise breeding center for 4 weeks. My fellow volunteers are now friends for life. The work involved preparing food for the tortoises, feeding them, and cleaning lagoons feeding platforms and corrals. We searched for baby tortoises in the adult corrals, and then helped weigh, measure, and mark them. We also helped keep the grounds tidy with planting and trimming hedges. We raked the gravel areas and swept sidewalks. I took advantage of most of the tours on Isabella, and enjoyed the stay with my host family, despite my limited Spanish. IVHQ and the local organization were extremely supportive, so I was well prepared, and supported when small issues arose.

What was the most surprising thing you saw or did?
The surprise was that everything that I had heard about Galapagos wildlife was true - and more intensely. The animals are unafraid of humans, so seeing 14 tortoises on the walk to the wall of tears was a pleasant surprise.
Pros
  • Community Immersion with the Host Family
  • Great support from the local team
Cons
  • While anticipated, the lack of Internet access
  • Mine was the only residence I knew of without air conditioning - though I had a good fan
  • My Spanish was much more limited than I anticipated, and conversations were often more like charades, or exchange with Google Translate.
9 people found this review helpful.
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Max
5/5
Yes, I recommend this program

Galapagos Volunteer Project

Hi all!
I was there volunteering for the sea turtle project over the course of 2 weeks in January. I have to say this is so far my absolute favorite place but it has kicked off my travel bug. It is incredibly safe with a island population of 2,500 people. The project consisted of relaxing beach walks in the morning and night looking for nests as well as beach clean ups and giving the beach a much needed refresher. With new land marks indicating different sections of the beach. During my free time I surfed a few times with the very friendly locals as well as amazing snorkeling with seals, turtles, and yes PENGUINS. All in all this was such a fun trip. Anyone who is thinking about going go to the Galapagos all I can say is DO IT you won't regret it.

What was the most surprising thing you saw or did?
The most surprising thing that I did was meet my current girlfriend.
Pros
  • Amazing beaches
  • Wildlife unlike anyplace i've seen or read about
  • Everyone in town are extremely friendly and helpful
Cons
  • One day the whole island ran out of eggs
  • High UV year round
  • Only 1 ATM that works half the time so bring enough cash
15 people found this review helpful.
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Jay
5/5
Yes, I recommend this program

Galápagos Islands

I would recommend this program to anyone that is interested in traveling abroad. It was lifelong dream of mine to go to the Galápagos Islands and this program gave me that and more.
The volunteering application is a very easy process. Once accepted into the program it becomes a little bit more time consuming, but if you read the program guide completely it is really fairly easy. If you do have problems, the staff is very knowledgeable and willing to help. They are also very good about returning phone calls promptly. They also email you with information that needs to be completed as you get closer to your departure wherever that may be.
Once on the project the accommodations at the volunteer house were fairly good for me. My only complaints were there were too many cockroaches in the common area, none in my room. Also it was way too hot in the common area because the air conditioner was not working. The air conditioner in my room did work, so overall it was okay. The food selection could have been better, but overall it wasn’t bad.

16 people found this review helpful.
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Jose
5/5
Yes, I recommend this program

Amazing Galapagos

I was expecting good moments in Galapagos, but it was even better.
The destination is amazing and the support from IVHQ makes it way easier to enjoy.
It was secure, but thrilling at the same time, 7 weeks was a perfect amount of time and Ivhq was always around to help me
I saw pinguins, flamingos, sharks, turtles and tortoises, I hiked in a Volcano and learn how to dive.
The sunsets were amazing, and I was able to meet amazing people
Overall, I highly recommend going to galapagos for volunteering.
Trust me is a once in a lifetime experience

What was the most surprising thing you saw or did?
I learned how to dive, and it was amazing, since I was able to watch Hammerhead sharks and Big Mantas
Pros
  • Destination
  • Biodiversity
  • Relax
Cons
  • Rice (haha)
24 people found this review helpful.
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Isaac
5/5
Yes, I recommend this program

Wonderful Experience

It was a great way to immerse oneself into the community and learn about the people and environment within a limited period of time. The IVHQ team was very helpful in coordinating everything and offered great advise and help prior to the programme. The programme was fun, flexible and helped to create a sense of belonging both to the community and the help we were rendering. It’s also a great way to meet friends and likeminded people.

The host family is probably the best way to experience the Galapagos as you get to strengthen your Spanish, taste local food made by locals, and learn so much about the community from the people themselves.

Pros
  • Experience the island
  • Discover endemic animals
  • Lots of adventure
Cons
  • Varying prices, best to check
28 people found this review helpful.
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Aysha
5/5
Yes, I recommend this program

What an experience!

The best few weeks of my life! Not only did I contribute to preserving an endangered species, but I got to interact with so many animals that I never thought I could experience (turtles, penguins, sharks, rays etc) while living on the island. The volunteer work was challenging and fulfilling and everyone I worked with was friendly and open minded. The tourist side of my travels was exciting and life changing, there was so much to do and will never be forgotten. I would definitely go back and do it all again!

Pros
  • Friendly locals
  • Achievable volunteer work challenges
  • New experiences
Cons
  • Very few English speakers
38 people found this review helpful.
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Terri
5/5
Yes, I recommend this program

IOI and the Galapagos Islands are awesome!

IOI, the volunteer organization on the Galapagos Islands, was absolutely outstanding. They provided realistic expectations and were so helpful and available during the entire time I was on the Galapagos Islands. The best parts were being embedded in the community by living with a host family, getting to know the students and community, as well as the other volunteers and the tourists I met on excursions. I loved being immersed in the natural wonders and beauty of the Galapagos Islands, on the land and in the sea. The most amazing thing to see was the ecology, the relationship among living organisms, including humans, and their physical environment. This volunteer experience has changed my life for the better and I believe I have had a positive influence with students and the community in helping them to learn English a little better.

Pros
  • Meeting the people of the Galapagos Islands and being imbedded in their community. I watched soccer practices and games. I celebrated an 8 year olds birthday at home and at his school. My host family was so loving and caring the entire time!
  • Teaching English to the people of the Galapagos Islands was so rewarding for me and so beneficial for them. I taught 6 different high school classes and a community class which included students from 3 years old to 38. Everyone wanted to improve!
  • The animals were even more amazing than expected. To snorkel, scuba dive, hike right next to penguins, turtles and tortoises, marine iguana, flamingos, blue-footed boobies, sharks, manta rays...was so incredible!
Cons
  • My 3 years of high school spanish was not enough for me to be able to speak effectively to my host family. Thankfully their daughter was fluent in English and was able to translate. I worked very hard to improve my Spanish while I was there.
  • I had to be very careful, because on Isabela Island, where I stayed, there was only one very basic clinic that could help with stomach issues. For major medical issues, you would have to be flown, and a helicopter might be helping someone else.
  • The Galapagos Islands are not an easy place to get to. I left for the airport at 2:00am Sunday and arrived at 6:00pm on Monday. Coming home I left at 2:00pm on Friday and arrived home 6:30pm Sunday to LAX. Lots of boats, planes, and taxis.
50 people found this review helpful.

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