Giant tortoises being fed by Projects Abroad volunteers in Ecuador while volunteering in Galapagos.

Volunteering in Ecuador

Live and work in the amazing Galapagos Islands while supporting local communities

Volunteer in Ecuador and experience daily life in the amazing Galapagos Islands. The work you do here is designed to meet real needs in the local community. We offer several different kinds of projects, so you can choose what’s best for you.

You can help with important conservation work in the Galapagos National Park. You’ll monitor animal populations, collect data, and remove invasive species. You can also support children through education by advancing their early childhood development. You can even choose to improve your Spanish on a language course.

We’re based in the town of Puerto Baquerizo Moreno, on the island of San Cristobal. This is the easternmost island in the Galapagos. It’s an incredible place to wake up and work in each day. Our staff in Ecuador will be available 24/7 to support and help you.

There’s a lot to see and do during your free time. If you love the outdoors, you can adventure on a scenic hike, travel to the different islands, or go scuba diving. See how much of the local wildlife you can spot, and don’t forget witnessing the giant tortoises!

Projects available in Ecuador

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Volunteers clean a beach with sea lion on it
Take a Gap Semester Abroad in South America
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  • Price: $7,895 USD for 8 weeks
  • Extra Weeks: $300 USD
  • Start Date: Throughout the year
  • Minimum Duration: 8 weeks
  • Ages: 17-24
Projects Abroad Conservation volunteers build an eco-wall using recycled plastic in the Galapagos Islands, Ecuador.
Giant Tortoise & Sea Lion Conservation in the Galapagos Islands
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  • Price: $2,970 USD for 1 week
  • Extra Weeks: $470 USD
  • Start Date: Anytime
  • Minimum Duration: 1 week
  • Ages: 16 or over
Volunteers work with children and help protect the environment in Ecuador on our project for teenagers
Conservation Work and Volunteer in Ecuador
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  • Price: $3,645 USD for 2 weeks
  • Extra Weeks: $670 USD
  • Start Date: Summer/Winter Break
  • Minimum Duration: 2 weeks
  • Ages: 15-18
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We have the expertise and staff on the ground to create a custom project for you, or simply help you find the best option.

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Where we are based in Ecuador

San Cristobal

Our Ecuador volunteer opportunities are based in the beautiful Galapagos Islands. The specific location is in the town of Puerto Baquerizo Moreno, which is located on San Cristobal Island. It’s a small, friendly place, and there is plenty for you to explore.

Go admire the giant tortoises, sea lions, and other wildlife species at the national park. Or, take in the breathtaking scenery while you stroll along the beach. You can go island-hopping on the weekend, or travel further to the capital, Quito.

Airport pickup, flights and visas

When you arrive at your respective airport, a member of Projects Abroad staff will be there to meet you. You can find more detailed information on arrival airports, orientation, and visas on our Ecuador Arrival Procedures page.

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Safety and staff support

Your safety and security is our prime concern. We have many procedures and systems to ensure you have the support you need to enjoy your trip with peace of mind. Our Projects Abroad staff are available 24 hours a day to help, and will be on-hand to make sure you settle in well at your accommodation and placement. If you encounter any problems, they will be available to help at any time.

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