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Volunteer in Ecuador

Overview

Volunteers in Ecuador have been contributing to worthwhile and sustainable projects for several years with Projects Abroad. Our volunteer work in Ecuador supports numerous worthwhile placements which, while they may be challenging, give volunteers in Ecuador the opportunity to learn about the real world and themselves while making a useful and positive contribution to a worthy community setting.

Volunteer in Ecuador

  • Placement location: Galapagos Islands
  • Project lengths: From 1 week
  • Accommodation: Host families
  • Languages spoken: Spanish
  • Local greetings Hello: Hola
    Thankyou: Gracias
  • Prices: from Loading...
  • Top places to travel: Charles Darwin Research Station, Isabela Island, Kicker Rock

Overseas volunteers in Ecuador have the opportunity to work on a range of practical and rewarding projects. These include working with children on a care, teaching or creative arts project, coaching community sports, and helping to protect and conserve the unique marine and terrestrial ecosystems of the Galapagos Islands on the conservation and environment project.

Where we are Based in the Galapagos

Projects Abroad is based in the town of Puerto Baquerizo Moreno on San Cristobal Island in the Galapagos Archipelago. This town is the provincial capital of the Galapagos Islands. All volunteers live with a local host family whilst on their project.

General Information on the Galapagos Islands

Volunteer in Ecuador

The Galapagos Islands are a province of Ecuador, South America’s second smallest country. The islands are found off Ecuador’s Pacific coast and are among the most species-rich areas on earth and the place where Charles Darwin developed his theory of evolution. As a result of their isolation, the Galapagos Islands are home to many endemic species of flora and fauna.

Ecuador suffered its worst economic crisis in the late 1990s, with natural disasters and sharp declines in world oil prices devastating Ecuador's economy. In 2000, Ecuador adopted the US dollar as legal tender, which stabilised the economy. However, prices have inevitably risen and for the typical Ecuadorian, costs remain high. Ecuador still has a long way to go, with approximately one third of its population still living below the poverty line.

Travel and Tourism in the Galapagos

A scenic view over the Galapagos Islands off Ecuador

At the weekends you can explore the Galapagos Islands by island hopping. Santa Cruz Island is usually top of the list; the island is home to the Charles Darwin Research Station, and the famous giant tortoises. On San Cristobal Island you can try diving or snorkelling or just hang out in Puerto Baquerizo Moreno with the sea lions and pelicans.

You may choose to spend some time in mainland Ecuador too; the distances between the main towns and tourist sites are relatively small. Discover Ecuador’s colonial past on a weekend trip to the capital, Quito, a UNESCO World Heritage site where the colourful markets are overflowing with hand-woven clothes and blankets. Or take a hike up Volcán Chimborazo, Ecuador’s highest summit and the closest point on earth to the sun.

Adding some extra travel time at the end of your placement will give you an exciting choice of onward travel options, including easy access to neighbouring Peru and Colombia.

Projects available in Ecuador

High School Projects for 16 to 19 year olds available in Ecuador

FIXED DATE GROUP TRIPS FOR THOSE AGED 50+ AVAILABLE IN Ecuador

Projects

Projects available in Ecuador

High School Projects for 16 to 19 year olds available in Ecuador

FIXED DATE GROUP TRIPS FOR THOSE AGED 50+ AVAILABLE IN Ecuador

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