The Galapagos Islands, known for their unique biodiversity, face a significant challenge in deforestation. Inadequate solid waste management by autonomous governments, poor logistics, and the absence of a recycling system contribute to this issue. Deforestation is further intensified by tourist vessels, particularly through navigable tourism, and the introduction of invasive species.
Key plant species on the Galapagos Islands:
- Miconia Robinsoniana
- Palo Santo
To address deforestation challenges by establishing collaborative initiatives with the National Park. The focus is on creating forests that support the recovery of finch habitats and working with endemic plants crucial to the ecosystem.
Collaborating with the National Park, the initiative successfully established forests crucial for finch habitat recovery, specifically benefitting the Bermillio Fly Catcher. Native forests, featuring key endemic plant species, now thrive. Measures to control introduced species have been implemented, emphasizing the importance of preserving native flora. Beyond ecological achievements, the project addresses community concerns by collaborating with autonomous governments to encourage sustainable practices and repurpose waste for construction, fostering a more environmentally conscious community.
Transport & Entry Fees
As a volunteer, you won't have to pay the $100 USD national park fee for the Galapagos Islands. Before your entry, please be aware of the $20 USD Transit Control Card purchase required at the airport; arriving early is advisable to navigate potential queues. Rest assured, our commitment to your convenience extends to free transport from the airport to the hostel. Additionally, transportation to group and volunteering activities is provided at no cost, ensuring your focus remains on the meaningful experiences that await you. We're excited to have you join us in making a positive difference in this incredible environment!
As a Purex volunteer you have access to three locations for your accommodation.
Puerto Baquerzo Moreno Apartment:Stay in a comfortable apartment located in Puerto Baquerzo Moreno, the main town of San Cristobal. Experience the vibrant local atmosphere while enjoying the convenience of being centrally located for easy access to amenities and activities.
Highlands Retreat: Nestled in the highlands for a tranquil and serene experience away from the main town. Immerse yourself in the peaceful surroundings while still maintaining accessibility to the heart of San Cristobal.
San Cristobal Homestay: A homestay with a welcoming local family in San Cristobal. This option provides a unique opportunity to engage with the community, offering insights into the rich cultural fabric of the Galapagos Islands. Experience authentic hospitality and create lasting connections during your volunteering journey with Purex.
Meals & Dietary Restrictions
As a volunteer with us, you can look forward to the convenience of having three nutritious meals provided for you every weekday, covering breakfast, lunch, and dinner. We understand the importance of catering to individual needs, so if you have any dietary restrictions, please don't hesitate to let us know. Your well-being is our priority, and we are committed to accommodating your specific dietary requirements to ensure your experience is not only fulfilling in your contributions but also enjoyable in every aspect of your stay.
What should I bring?
- Closed Shoes
- Flip flops or sandels
- Long pants
- Mosquito Repellent
- Swimming clothes
- Day backpack
What does a day volunteering look like?
Your daily routine as a volunteer promises a perfect blend of meaningful work and exploration on the captivating island of San Cristobal. Kickstart your day with a hearty breakfast served at 8:00 in the house, ensuring you're energized and ready for your daily activities. The nature of each day varies based on your volunteering package, offering a diverse range of experiences.
Engage in impactful volunteering activities that span approximately 4 hours each day from Monday to Friday, contributing to the local community and environment. Following your morning endeavors, a delicious lunch awaits you at 12:30, providing a well-deserved break to replenish your energy.
Post-lunch, the afternoon unfolds as your free time to explore the scenic wonders of San Cristobal. Whether you choose to wander through charming streets, relax on pristine beaches, or embark on nature trails, the island invites you to discover its beauty at your own pace.
As the day winds down, join your fellow volunteers for a delightful dinner served around 7:00 pm. This communal meal offers a wonderful opportunity to share experiences, forge connections, and reflect on the day's achievements. Our carefully crafted daily schedule ensures that your volunteering experience is not only fulfilling but also allows you to immerse yourself in the natural wonders and vibrant culture of San Cristobal.
- Fill out the provided information sheet when applying
- Act in the interest of the community and the ecosystem
- Volunteers must adhere to the weekly agenda and work shedules
- Non-compliance with project rules may lead to expulsion without refunds
- Alcohol and drug consumption is prohibited during work hours.
- Volunteers must be at least 16 years old, with specific policies for minors.