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Volunteering in conservation-project on the Galapagos Islands/Ecuador

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Beyond South America

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Galapagos Islands! Do we need to say more? 1000 km off the Ecuadorian coast, these islands became synonym to biodiversity, environmental topics and conservation. This unique habitat for flora and (marine) fauna is a dream come true for everyone interested and involved in environmental protection. Even though almost 97% of the islands land and 99% of its surrounding sea is protected area, the fragile ecosystem of the Galapagos Islands is home to nearly 25 thousand people. To help and preserve this unique archipelago there are numerous projects working in research, animal rescue and conservation. If there is a specific topic you want to research for your studies, we may hook you up with one of the many projects on the islands and organize your stay. If you just don’t want to miss the chance to visit one of the best preserved ecosystems you may want to get involved in some volunteer-activities as well and help to keep it that way. This projects goal is to preserve the biodiversity and the unique natural resources of the islands in their natural condition, while sustaining the development of the region, through a development-plan, which is implemented with the participation of the government, the residents and which includes visitors as well. The main goal is: protection of the islands ecosystem and its biodiversity ensuring the continuity of ecological processes, to repopulate the islands with endemic and native species and to educate visitors and population about the importance of the conservation of the biodiversity.

Possible tasks: possibility of research projects, conservation of turtles, iguanas and sea lions, for example Introduction of captive turtles into their natural habitat, cleaning activities such as management and disposal of plastic bags, reforestation and working in the tree-nursery

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About Beyond South America


Calle Las Hiedras, Cochabamba, Cochabamba 0000, BO

Mission Statement

"Be the change you want to see in the world" - Mahatma Gandhi - It may sound naïve, but we actually believe that volunteering can change the world for the better. Acts of solidarity, global learning and intercultural exchange break down borders that exist between cultures and in your own mind. Anyone who has ever worked in another country, who has given his time and energy to a good cause, knows that this can be an unforgettable experience, even a life changing moment. Your own impressions and the ones you leave in others, the learning experiences on both sides, bring the world closer together.


Beyond South America is a small nonprofit agency in Cochabamba, Bolivia. It all started in 2012 with a few volunteer positions at "Casa de la Alegria", a foundation that provides therapeutic workshops to youth- and childcare projects in and around Cochabamba.

We are still a small, familiar organization but have grown over the years and by now have partnerships in Bolivia, Brazil, Ecuador, and Guatemala. We are looking for enthusiastic, open-minded and skilled volunteers for a wide variety of positions in our handpicked projects.

The staff of Beyond South America have all lived their own lives of voluntary work all around the world, so we understand the needs of volunteers, their concerns and wishes. We also care about our collaborating organizations, we offer only sustainable projects, that guarantee safety and on site support for our volunteers.

We try to combine the needs of projects and volunteers with our work and work towards finding the right project for volunteers and the right volunteer for the projects. Therefore, we want to get to know you, learn more about your background, your abilities, desires and fears, in order to propose suitable projects to you.

Check out our vacancies and please note, that ALL the profit of Beyond South America still goes to the Foundation "Casa de la Alegría" supporting and sustaining their work. So volunteering with Beyond South America means, you contribute directly to a good cause, bettering the lives of children in Bolivia.



We'll work with your schedule.


Las HiedrasGalapagos Islands, Ecuador



  • Veterinary
  • Habitat Restoration
  • Animal Care / Handling
  • Animal Therapy
  • Environmental Science
  • Research




  • Must be at least 18
  • Duration: minimum 1 month
  • Useful skills: interest in environmental topics, interest in working with animals under very basic conditions, education or background in ecology, (marine-)biology, environmental science, zoology, oceanography.

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