Galapagos Turtle Center – Conservation Volunteer

Cause Areas


It's flexible! We'll work with your schedule.


IOI Galapagos24 Mangrove Lane (head office)Key Largo, FL 33037
Help feed and clean the giant Galapagos tortoises.


Role Overview

Work with the Galapagos National Park as a member of the zoo keeping and research staff at the Tortoise Breeding Center. Your responsibilities will include feeding and caring for the tortoises, maintaining their enclosure, and measuring their shells for growth charts. You will also help to educate tourists and inform them of rules and regulations.


We encourage all volunteers to stay as long as possible to maximize local and personal benefit. We encourage longer commitments by heavily discounting each additional week stayed. Minimum stay is 2 weeks; maximum stay is 3 months. All volunteers must arrive to Isabela on Mondays.


Our schedules are based on 20 hrs/week. The normal schedule is Monday-Friday 7.30 - 11.30AM which may be subject to change depending on the tasks at hand.

What’s Included

Cost includes full room and board, permits, visas, local coordination and training at respective facility, local transport, full access to our facilities, National Park certificates, etc.-everything minus personal expenses and your airfare to Galápagos.


Accommodation is provided in our fully equipped Volunteer housing or by one of our carefully selected host families. These are families who have experience with outside culture and international living through cultural exchange with our students and volunteers. Additionally to providing extra income for housing our students and volunteers, we train these families to be ambassadors in the community in areas such as English, domestic wellbeing, and nutrition.
You will have breakfast and dinner with your family. Lunch is provided at your choice of various restaurants in town. You simply sign for your meal and we’ll pick up the bill at the end of the month. For Volunteer housing breakfast is not included. Lunch and dinner are provided in your choice of restaurant.


* Intermediate level of Spanish
* A genuine passion for animal conservation
* An ability to openly communicate rules and regulations to tourists and follow instructions
* Ability to work independently as well as in a team
* Physical ability to work outdoors with potentially high allergen, sun and temperature exposure

Experience and Feedback

We’re a very small and personal program but have had some 20 long term volunteers (one year plus) and over 200 short term and students volunteers. Our satisfaction rate is 99%. However we respect your privacy and don’t give out direct contacts. Our International Coordinator can send you some feedback and comments from former participants upon request.


After being accepted into our volunteer program you will receive a log-in for our website. Please download the pre-departure package from the respective section of our website for detailed preparation info. If you have any questions or doubts about the program at all, please contact
After reviewing all details, please click on the link below to pay your deposit, safely through PayPal or via Credit Card. Alternatively, you can send us a check to our Florida office @ 24 Mangrove Lane, Key Largo, FL 33037; made out to Intercultural Outreach Initiative and with your name in the purpose line.


  • Environmental Education
  • Community Outreach
  • Animal Care / Handling

Good Match For

Teens People 55+ Group

Requirements & Commitment

  • Must be at least 18
  • 20h per week

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