The farms of Isabela Island are starting work in greenhouses to optimize production year-round in a sustainable and environmentally friendly way. The highland town of Tomás de Berlanga is about 10 miles uphill from the coastal part of town, where IOI headquarters,your accommodations, social life, and the beach are located. Located on the side of Volcano Sierra Negra, the highlands are fertile, lush lands with rich volcanic soil - perfect for agriculture!
Volunteers will learn local techniques for sustainable tropical agriculture and will help to create food sovereignty, lower the carbon footprint of island life, lower waste from shipping materials, lowers cost to local consumers, increase local income, and increase the nutritional content of the food available in Isabela.
Schedules are based on a 25 hr/week commitment, and can voluntarily be extended to a regular 40hr/work week. Typically Monday-Friday 7:30AM-12:30PM. May be subject to change depending on the tasks at hand.
Intermediate to advanced level of Spanish in order to communicate with fellow workers and visitors.
Ability to communicate and act with care and patience.
Ability to work independently as well as in a team.
Flexible schedule that accounts for the day to day needs of working with a local institution.
Physical ability to work outdoors with potentially high sun, element, and temperature exposure.
Ability to independently collect and register data.
Cost includes full room and board, permits, 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.
IOI encourages 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. The minimum stay is 2 weeks, with a maximum stay of 3 months. All volunteers must arrive to Isabela on Mondays.
A visa is required to volunteer in Ecuador. The visa process is relatively easy to do but every consulate is slightly different. It is recommended to contact your nearest Ecuadorian consulate/embassy to learn more about the Temporary Residence Visa for NGOs and their exact requirements for required documents (such as translations or official seals) however, you can expect to be required to provide:
copy of your passport
copy of an official criminal/background check valid for no more than 6 months before your entry to Ecuador
copy of an official bank statement to show that you have funds to cover your stay in Ecuador
payment of the $80 USD visa fee
You will also be able to book an appointment. During these times of COVID, this is usually online and most consulates are willing to do the pickup process by pre-paid mail.
2103 Coral Way, operating in the Galápagos Islands, Miami, FL 33145, US
To provide international education programs that support the education, conservation, and social development of isolated communities by assisting local institutions in sustainably handling the human-environmental intersection.
We strive to help establish ecological sustainability and social stability in our host communities by applying thoughtful assistance and expertise to local needs - financed by educational travel adventures.
Education & Literacy
We'll work with your schedule.
IOI GalapagosPuerto Villamil, Ecuador
May 15, 2021
Must be at least 18
Our schedules are based on 30 hrs/week. It is about a 30-minute bus ride up to the highlands at 7:00am and the bus leaves the highlands at 2:30pm.
Physical ability to work construction and gardening type jobs outdoors with potential allergens, sun and temperature exposure - Basic knowledge of non-motorized tools and their safe usage - Basic to intermediate level of Spanish