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!

Community Service

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.

Immersive Learning

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.

Program Type

Are you passionate about making a difference in the lives of animals?
  • Collaborate with experts on issues surrounding animal & wildlife conservation
  • Spend time up-close and personal with giant tortoises, sea lions, and more
  • Work side-by-side with your teen animal volunteer team as you help make an impact
  • Contribute to sustainable habitat projects that will help these animals to flourish

Dates & Tuition


Preserving Nature's Wonders™

14-Day Program
2021 Dates
 June 15 – June 28, 2021
 July 1 – July 14, 2021
 July 17 – July 30, 2021
 August 3 – August 16, 2021
Duration: 14 days
Tuition: $4,699
Student/Staff Ratio: 6 to 1
Community Service Hours: 24
Language Hours: N/A
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Tuition Includes All In-Country Expenses Including:

  • All educational materials
  • Lodging
  • 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

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Custom Group Travel Option

Global Leadership Adventures offers open enrollment on this program to any high school student who wishes to join any of the summer session dates listed above. Students will meet other teens from around the country and the world who sign up for the same program dates and destination.

Alternatively, this program is also available as an option for custom group travel any time of the year for those looking to put together their own group trip.

GLA Custom Group Travel works with educators, group leaders, or self-led students to create a tailored experience for their specific group of 12 or more students. Select a pre-designed itinerary or select your own countries, themes, and learning objectives. GLA’s service-learning methodology is the vehicle through which students learn, grow and challenge themselves and their fellow travelers; our host communities welcome students’ energy and helping hands.

Leadership and personal growth are the core components of all of our programs, regardless of duration, destination or theme type and can be woven throughout every aspect of the experience through our intentional design as desired by the group leader. Our programs aim to ignite participants to become inspired to be the change.

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