Turtle & Marine Environmental Conservation & Education

Location: Ecuador: Galapagos Islands, San Cristobal

Program Duration: 2-4 Weeks, 5-8 Weeks, 9-12 Weeks

Dates: Year Round

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Phone: 0161 870 6212

Description

Volunteer on this research, conservation, and education project located on the Pacific Coast of Ecuador that works to protect the lives and habitats of marine birds and rare endangered turtles. The critically endangered Hawksbill Turtle nests on beaches of Machalilla National Park and lives alongside the Green Turtle and the Olive Ridley. Marine birds are bound to the sea, and represent good indicators of the ocean's health as well as having important interactions with fisheries as they are the subject of incidental capture by fishing hooks and nets. Because of this, it is necessary to evaluate the impact of fisheries in marine bird populations to be able to protect this wildlife.

The involvement of local communities is essential for sustainable conservation efforts and educating them in the results of scientific investigation is important. The project has developed an excellent Environmental Education Programme that involves local school children in activities, such as beach cleaning, small garden construction, and the production of informative conservation murals.

During their free time, volunteers can explore the area. In Puerto López and its surroundings there are several attractive sites that can be visited by the volunteers. They can relax on one of the beautiful beaches, swim in the clear waters, spend time snorkelling, or join a diving group. For volunteers looking for something with a slower pace can join one of the cookery or handicraft classes available nearby.

Highlights

When you have finished your day, volunteers can spend time exploring the area. In Puerto López and its surroundings there are several attractive sites that can be visited by the volunteers. Why not relax on one of the beautiful beaches, swim in the clear waters, spend time snorkelling or join a diving group. Alternatively, how about joining a hike through the lush vegetation of the Cloud Forest? For those of you looking for something with a slower pace join one of the cookery or handicraft classes available nearby.

* Mount Chimborazo

Mount Chimborazo is an inactive volcano and is the highest peak in Ecuador at 20,565 ft. It is also the farthest point on the planet from the Earth's core. It is a day's climb to the summit from base camp and the awesome towering ice-capped peak is a major incentive to reach the summit.

* Paragliding in the Andes

View the spectacular views of the Ecuadorian Andes through the thrilling experience of paragliding. Carry out a tandem flight and no experience is required. The best places to paraglide are Crucita Beach, Pichincha Mountains and the cliffs above Canoa.

* Andean Biking

Ecuador is a premier mountain biking destination with its diversity of biking terrain and scenery. From Quito there are a number of rides ranging from snow-capped Andean volcanoes, cloud forests and jungle upon hundreds of miles of traffic-free trails.

Cost in US$:

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Cost Includes:

Cost Include Description:

* Accommodation: Shared room in a volunteer house / camping during excursions
* Stay in a hostel in Quito, including breakfast
* Stipend of 2 meals per day during your project placement
* Airport pick up and drop off in Quito
* Drinking water in the volunteer house
* Transfer to Pacific Coast
* Training: Pre-departure pack, on-site orientation in Quito on Saturday and project induction included
* Local SIM card and phone: All volunteers are given a local SIM card to use and a mobile phone
(deposit $50 required and must be retuned when you leave)
* Support: 24-hour support
* Excursions planning: Staff will help plan activities and excursions (some activities may cost extra)

Credit Available

no

Experience Required

yes

Volunteer Types
  • Marine Conservation
  • Environment
  • Education
  • Conservation
  • Business
  • Biological Research
This Program is open to

Worldwide Participant.

Typical Living Arrangements
  • Guest House

Participants Travel to Ecuador

Independently or in Groups

Application Process Involves
  • Online Application
Post Services Include
  • Alumni Network
Year Founded

2008

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