Galápagos: Preserving Nature's Wonders™
Encounter different species of exotic island and marine life, many of them found nowhere else on Earth.
- Restore the habitat of native Galápagos wildlife
- Snorkel with sea lions, turtles and blue-footed boobies nearby
- Straddle the Northern & Southern hemispheres at the Equator line
- Swim, kayak and hike as you explore majestic islands
- Wander the cobblestone streets of colonial Quito
On This Program you will...
Experience one of the most pristine natural environments in the world, where conservationist are working to protect this unique ecosystem. Volunteer alongside them to help preserve this UNESCO-designated heritage site. Besides volunteering, you’ll have the opportunity to see lava fields, snorkel with sea lions and get up close and personal with Galapagos tortoises.
Your Adventure is Just Around the Corner!
The native wildlife of the Galapagos faces danger to its habitat from invasive species and litter. Prepare to get your hands dirty! Work at a tortoise refuge center, digging up invasive plants, helping with groundwork and preparing habitat for the tortoises. You’ll plant trees to help protect endemic species and restore the natural habitat of the local wildlife. Contribute to the success of young people who will be future stewards of these islands on various community projects.
The islands are a living classroom! Learn about the challenges of sustainably balancing human needs with biological protection and preservation. Issues such as the pressure to develop the islands for residents and tourism will be key discussion points during your time in the Galapagos. Encounter firsthand the diversity of species that led Darwin to formulate his thinking on natural selection and adaptation. Explore ideas about the complicated relationship between humans and wildlife as you contrast the islands with your city tour of Quito.
Snorkel with sea lions and turtles and try your hand at sea kayaking. Observe the blue-footed boobies that perch on coastal rocks and spot silent marine iguanas. Walk through a naturally formed lava tunnel, and wade through mangroves as pelicans fly overhead. You’ll even visit a tortoise breeding center and see baby Galapagos tortoises. The Islands and their rocky topography are incredibly unique – no two islands are alike – so there’s plenty to see as you island-hop by boat.
Home Base will change throughout the program as we travel from island to island. On each of the islands, we stay in simple, well-maintained accommodations. Each Home Base offers shared, gender-segregated rooms and common areas where meals will be served. In Quito, the gateway city to the Galápagos, our group will stay at a local hotel.
Dates & Tuition
Preserving Nature's Wonders™
|June 15 – June 28, 2021|
|July 1 – July 14, 2021|
|July 17 – July 30, 2021|
|August 3 – August 16, 2021|
Tuition Includes All In-Country Expenses Including:
- All educational materials
- 3 meals per day
- All in-country transportation
- Airport pick-up/drop-off
- Professional full-time staff and experts from the USA/Europe
- 24/7 Parent Support Hotline during the program
- Secondary medical and travel insurance
- All cultural activities, lectures and weekend excursions
- Pre-departure materials and support