Giant tortoises being fed by Projects Abroad volunteers in Ecuador while volunteering in Galapagos.

Volunteering in Ecuador

Live and work in the stunning Galapagos Islands while supporting local communities

Volunteer in Ecuador and experience daily life living and working in the incredible Galapagos Islands. The work you do here is designed to meet real needs in the local community. We offer several different kinds of projects, so you’re sure to find something that suits you.

You can do important conservation work in the Galapagos National Park. You’ll monitor animal populations, collect data, and remove invasive species. Or you can help to support the education and early childhood development of young children. You can even take the time to brush up on your Spanish, signing up for a language course while you’re here.

We are based in the town of Puerto Baquerizo Moreno, on the island of San Cristobal, the easternmost island in the Galapagos. It’s a truly incredible place to wake up and work in each day. Local Projects Abroad staff are there 24/7 to support and help you.

There’s a lot to see and do during your time off, especially for those  of you who enjoy the great outdoors. Take in the scenery on a hike, travel to the different islands, or go scuba diving. See how much of the local wildlife you can spot, the most famous being the giant tortoises!

Projects available in Ecuador

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Projects Abroad Conservation volunteers build an eco-wall using recycled plastic in the Galapagos Islands, Ecuador.
Giant Tortoise & Sea Lion Conservation in the Galapagos Islands
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  • Price: €2,220 for 1 week
  • Extra Weeks: €365
  • Start Date: Completely flexible dates
  • Minimum Duration: 1 week
  • Age: 16 or over
Projects Abroad female volunteer working with children in Ecuador smiles with a child on swing set at our Childcare Project.
Volunteer with Children in Ecuador
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  • Price: €1,985 for 2 weeks
  • Extra Weeks: €290
  • Start Date: Completely flexible dates
  • Minimum Duration: 2 weeks
  • Age: 16 or over
Volunteers work with children and help protect the environment in Ecuador on our project for teenagers
Volunteer with Children and Do Conservation Work in Ecuador
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  • Price: €2,740 for 2 weeks
  • Extra Weeks: €515
  • Start Date: During school holidays
  • Minimum Duration: 2 weeks
  • Age: 15-18
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We have the expertise and staff on the ground to create a custom project for you, or simply help you find the best option.

Speak to one of our Ecuador experts on:

+353 1 571 5080

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to start planning your project

Where we are based in Ecuador

San Cristobal

Our Ecuador volunteer opportunities are based in the beautiful Galapagos Islands. More specifically, we work in the town of Puerto Baquerizo Moreno, which is located on San Cristobal Island. It’s a small, friendly place, and there is plenty for you to explore.

Check out the giant tortoises, sea lions, and other wildlife species at the national park, or simply take in the breathtaking scenery while you stroll along the beach. You can go island-hopping on the weekend, or travel further afield to the fascinating capital, Quito.

Airport pickup, flights and visas

When you arrive at your respective airport, a member of Projects Abroad staff will be there to meet you. You can find more detailed information on arrival airports, orientation, and visas on our Ecuador Arrival Procedures page.

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Safety and staff support

Your safety and security is our prime concern. We have many procedures and systems to ensure you have the support you need to enjoy your trip with peace of mind. Our Projects Abroad staff are available 24 hours a day to help, and will be on-hand to make sure you settle in well at your accommodation and placement. If you encounter any problems, they will be available to help at any time.

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