San Cristobal: Forest of the Galapagos Islands

22 DAYS - 21 NIGHTS
  • San Cristobal, Galapagos, Jatun Sacha
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San Cristobal: Forest of the Galapagos Islands

Located on the San Cristobal Island of the unique Galapagos archipelago, famous for the giant tortoise, conserves one of the last remnants of native vegetation on the higher portion of the island

Volunteers contribute to the goals of the Station of San Cristobal, which are:

  • Develop the technology to reconstruct the natural habitats which serve as a center for similar projects.
  • Eradicate invasive species of plants and planting of native vegetation.
  • Develop clean agricultural alternatives for the production of vegetables and fruits.

How can you help us?

  • Restoration of habitats and reforestation of a biological corridor connecting 3 types of vegetation with native and endemic species.
  • Eradication of exotic species, since the percentage of these species is greater than 80%.
  • Organic agricultural activities and vegetable production (help maintain and secure food production for the station)
  • Environmental education program as a support for schools, colleges and the national army.
  • Community Program: Araucaria and the peasant commune, establishes in conjunction witch the National Park a pilot project with 7 farmers to assist with the reforestation of endemic species and organic coffee crops to boost agriculture.
  • Guided hike throughout the reserve and/or nearby related areas to learn about the different ecological zones.

The work schedule is very much flexible, but volunteers will be working in the following activities:

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1 day

Reforestation with native and endemic species in the reserve and in local farms (collecting seeds, classifying seeds, nursery work, out planting within the reserve or nearby reserve, help maintain reforestation lines, etc.).

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1 day

Environmental education with local people and schools.

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1 day

Station maintenance (trail maintenance, sign elaboration for trails, basic construction activities, help clean fresh water supply, help in kitchen, etc.)

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1 day

Organic agricultural activities and vegetable production (help maintain and secure food production for the station).

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1 day

Guided hike throughout reserve and/or nearby related areas (learn about biodiversity themes, natural history, & ecology.).

We also have mini-projects where volunteers can participate, but because of the amount of work that is needed at the station with the above mentioned projects, volunteers cannot dedicate entire days to the mini-projects:

  • Petrels observation: nests finding, clearing around the nests to facilitate the mother’s entrance, birds behaviour.
  • Fenology studies and flora inventories: observation and classification of native, endemic and invasive species.
  • Birds observation at the reserve to determine if they are native, endemic or invasive.
  • Germination Project: Determine the most effective method for germination in vegetable production and other species.
  • Coffee production to see the possibility of exportation coffee.
    * Occasionally volunteers are expected to work half days Saturdays, but for the rest of the weekend volunteers may dedicate their time to rest, read, wash clothes, and/or travel locally to Puerto Baquerizo and use the internet and phone services.

Expectations

These have been written in order to better prepare you as a volunteer, not only for the work that you will be involved in but also for the environment you will be living in:

  • We understand that each individual situation will vary somewhat, so we cannot guarantee that everything will be the same as described for every individual, although this is a good general outline of what you should expect when volunteering in Ecuador.
  • It is important to emphasise that you are dealing with another culture when you are volunteering internationally. The way you would approach a particular situation in your own country is not necessarily the appropriate way to handle it in Ecuador.
  • Your time and commitment to the programme is valued, but please remember that you are a guest of the country and will no doubt be viewed as a representative of your homeland.
  • If you have any queries you would like to discuss about the information provided here, please direct them to your volunteer coordinator.

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