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Galapagos Voluntour 10D/9N
Start: Quito / Finish: Galapagos Islands
Category: Independent Voluntour
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   WHAT'S INCLUDED
Airport Pick-Up/Drop-Off in Quito and Galapagos

Land Transfers as per itinerary

9 Nights Shared Room Accommodation:
- 2N Quito Hostel
- 7N Galapagos Volunteer House

Volunteer program briefing in Quito

Equator line tour including entrance fees

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   WHAT'S NOT INCLUDED
Meals (All meals are on your own during this program. Please bring extra cash for meals and drinks)

Galapagos Fees:
- INGALA migration control card ($20 USD)
- Galapagos National Park entrance fee ($100 USD)
*Please note that these fees are subject to change without prior notice

English-Speaking volunteer coordinator on-site

Flights Quito - San Cristobal Island (SCY) - Quito (available at an extra cost, please inquire)

Optional Activities

Personal Expenses

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Volunteer in the Galapagos Islands to help preserve native plant species and spend a few days in Quito to see the city and the equator line.

Highlights:

  • Volunteer to preserve plant species in the Galapagos 
  • Visit the equator line on a day trip from Quito
  • Enjoy a free day to discover the Galapagos on your own
   GENERAL

* Please note that this trip is self-guided, and for much of the itinerary you will be on your own.

 
 
Overview:

Quito airport pick-up on Day 1 and free time to enjoy the city. On Day 2, have a morning briefing on the program and then take a day tour to the Equator Line “La Mitad del Mundo”. On Day 3, take a flight to San Cristobal Island (not included) to get settled in for your week of volunteering. On Days 4-8 you will begin working out in the field on a local farm to help preserve native plant species. On Day 9 enjoy a free day to participate in optional activities in the Galapagos. Your trip will come to an end on Day 10 as you are transferred back to the San Cristobal airport for your return flight to Quito (not included).

 

Day by Day Itinerary:

Day 1 / FridayQuito Airport Pick-Up

Today you will be picked up upon arrival to the Quito airport and transferred to your accommodation in a shared room at a hostel. Get settled in and have free time to enjoy the beautiful city of Quito on your own. Get a good night’s sleep at your accommodation.

 

Day 2 / Saturday: Equator Line Day Trip

Today you will receive a briefing on your volunteer project with all of the important details on the program. Feel free to ask as many questions as you want so you can fully understand your responsibilities.

In the afternoon you will take a tour to see the equator line which divides our planet in half “la mitad del mundo”. Get ready for your exciting trip to the Galapagos islands tomorrow and make last minute preparations. Overnight in a hostel.

 

Day 3 / Sunday: Flight to Galapagos (Not Included)

Today you will be transferred to the Quito airport for your flight to San Cristobal Island (SCY) in the Galapagos (flight not included). Upon arrival you will be transferred to the volunteer house accommodation of your project in shared rooms. Enjoy the rest of the day to get settled in and get to know the area where you will be staying and working for the next week on your own.

 

Days 4 - 8 / Monday - Friday: Volunteer Program in Galapagos

Enjoy a week working on your project and giving back to the community where you are located. You will stay at the volunteer house in shared accommodation this week.

GALAPAGOS PRESERVATION PROGRAM: Our local partner is a private farm in the highlands (approx. 20-30 min. from town) that works closely with the that works closely with the Galapagos National Park to replace invasive plant species with endemic plants on both private and public lands. Volunteers will help with challenging yet rewarding field work like removing invasive plants, replacing them with endemic species, working in the nursery and preparing soils.   
 
The program's goals are to:
- Help to eliminate introduced or invasive plant species.
- Improve trails and paths around the plots of the lands.
- Care and nurture native plants in the nursery and then move them to their permanent locations.
- Help to grow and cut down plants used as food for the Galapagos National Park tortoise breeding centers.
- Teach volunteers about the flora and fauna from Galapagos and the importance of cultivating native plants and removing introduced invasive plants.  
 
* Please note that the volunteer coordinators speak limited English

*Accommodation: Shared same-gender dorm accommodation only with shared bathroom which is located outside of the house. Please be aware that there is no wi-fi available.

 

Day 9 / Saturday: Free Day

Enjoy a free day in the Galapagos and take an optional activity of your choice on your own at an extra cost. Enjoy your last night in the Galapagos, pack up your belongings for your return flight to Quito tomorrow and rest up at your accommodation.

 

Day 10 / Sunday: San Cristobal Airport Drop-off 

Today you will take a transfer to the San Cristobal airport (SCY) in time to catch your flight to the mainland where your trip will come to an end (flight not included). We wish you safe travels for your onward journey.

 

Additional Information:

If you intend to extend your volunteer experience to a minimum of 3 weeks, you will also have the option of volunteering at a teaching program. We unfortunately are not able to offer this program for shorter voluntours due to governmental restrictions.

Teaching Program Description:

The school volunteer programs are held in state-run schools in which the infrastructure and staff is adequate to educate and care for the children on their own. Volunteers can help contribute to the children’s extra-curricular education in a number of ways. The school greatly benefits from volunteers working as English teachers. Children can also benefit from learning special skills or hobbies like playing a musical instrument, dance, sports, art or anything that is not available in their normal curriculum.

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   DETAILS
Departure Times
Friday


Duration
10 days.

Departure Point
Quito Airport Pick-up

Arrival Point
San Cristobal (Galapagos) Airport Drop-off

Special Instructions
Please contact go@bambaexperience.com to confirm your departure details at least one week prior to the beginning of the trip.

Important Information
Airfares are NOT included in the price. Please inquire with us if you wish to include these flights.

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GALAPAGOS VOLUNTOUR 10D/9N - BASIC
This is the basic Galapagos Voluntour Program 10D/9N.
Price per person: USD1,130 USD
Minimum number of passengers: 1
GALAPAGOS VOLUNTOUR 10D/9N + ONE EXTRA WEEK OF VOLUNTEERING
Spend an extra week volunteering in the Galapagos in addition to the normal program. In total, you will have 3 free days to enjoy the Galapagos.
If you intend to extend your Galapagos volunteer experience to a minimum of 3 weeks, you will also have the option of volunteering at a teaching program.
Price per person: USD1,454 USD
Minimum number of passengers: 1
GALAPAGOS VOLUNTOUR 10D/9N + TWO EXTRA WEEKS OF VOLUNTEERING
Spend two extra weeks volunteering in the Galapagos in addition to the normal program. In total, you will have 5 free days to enjoy the Galapagos.
For this package you will also have option to volunteer at a teaching program.
Price per person: USD1,778 USD
Minimum number of passengers: 1

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