The Real Galapagos

5(23 reviews)
Experience
Volunteer
Destination
Ecuador
Duration
2 to 10 weeks
Ages
18 to 85
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Trip overview

Embark on an unforgettable volunteer trip and experience the relaxed South American lifestyle whilst making a real difference to Ecuador’s local communities. On this amazing adventure, you’ll volunteer on the Galapagos archipelago, spreading positivity and assisting with education, personal development or conservation. Picture yourself teaching soccer lessons alongside a local coach, helping out with children’s education as a teaching assistant or supporting wildlife care and conservation efforts whilst contributing to an important, real-world community outreach project. 

We offer the complete package for those looking to volunteer abroad and, best of all, we have joined with exclusive project partners to secure you a guaranteed volunteering placement overseas. You’ll be contributing to Ecuador’s communities with both confidence and purpose. Our team will help you with all the essentials, from visa assistance to airport pickup, volunteer accommodation, provided meals, onsite training and so much more.

Make a sustainable impact on the lives of local children, make new friends from all corners of the world and break away from your routine back home as you embark on this incredible volunteer travel opportunity. This trip is perfect for anyone ready to make a difference and lasting impact on children living on the Galapagos Island whilst channelling that friendly, exotic lifestyle at the same time.

Inclusions

Volunteer project placement
We’ll score you a guaranteed volunteering placement so you can start on your journey to make a difference to our planet. You can choose from one of the following projects; coaching, teaching or community and conservation.
Dedicated Trip Coordinator
Handpicked from an experienced team who’ve been there, done that and ready to guide you through your entire journey and leave no question unanswered.
Pre-Departure Guide
Our in-depth pre-departure guide will have all the information you need about your trip & destination, at your fingertips.
Trip visa guidance
Get your visa approved as cheap and easy as possible with our step-by-step instructions and personal guidance by your Trip Coordinator.
Personal Travel Concierge
You'll get a personal Travel Concierge to plan your flights, insurance or any add-ons to synchronise perfectly with your trip. Deal with a real human and get a personalised booking experience that ticks all your boxes.
Comfortable accommodation
Depending on your project, relax in comfortable shared hostel accommodation, located in a small port village. Alternatively, join the other volunteers and stay with a host family in their 2-storey house on the second floor.
Covid-19 Medical Insurance
For a limited time only, all our Volunteer trips come with medical insurance for the duration of your trip, which also covers Covid-19, for added peace of mind.
Airport pickup or transfer
To take you straight to your accommodation in Quito before you head off to the Galapagos the next day.
Project supplies
Get equipped with all the supplies and materials you need to perform your volunteer duties.
Meals
Enjoy three Ecuadorian meals six days per week, prepared fresh for you by the staff during your project. On Sundays, you’ll be provided with breakfast.
$200 Global Tour Voucher
We know this will be the trip of a lifetime, so you also get a $200 Global Tour Voucher to put towards any Contiki, Busabout, Topdeck or G Adventures tour so you can go and explore some more of the world whilst you’re over there. You’re welcome.
Certificate of completion
In recognition of your hard work and dedication throughout the experience, and, it goes very well with your future resume. Employers will love this addition!
Ongoing support from our local team
Think of us as your family away from home. Whether you need advice or a shoulder to lean on, our team will provide you with unlimited support.
24/7 Global Emergency Line
Feel confident knowing we have a worldwide emergency team on standby, 24/7/365, so you can feel safe and secure throughout your whole trip no matter where you are in the world.
gWorld access
Stay organised with your personalised portal where you can keep all of your important documents and trip details in one spot and gain insider access to everything Global.
Marketplace deals
Get exclusive access to deals and discounts through our online Marketplace. Save big on a huge range of products and services from our brand partners worldwide.
$250 off your next trip
The “Travel Bug” is a very real thing! Once you catch it, it really doesn’t go away! Book any other trip with us later and save $250. Why would you ever stop travelling?
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Qualification

To qualify for this trip you must meet the following requirements:
  • Be between 18-35 years of age
  • Be a citizen of an eligible country
  • Have no criminal convictions in the past 5 years

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Trip details

Our Real Galapagos Volunteer trip in Ecuador is designed to get you volunteering overseas in a safe and fun environment and with a genuine and rewarding purpose. Our expert team and local partners take care of everything you need to start making a positive impact, from volunteer placement, accommodation, meals and ongoing support throughout your entire journey.

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Book with confidence

Interest-free payment plans

Pay your trip off in instalments that you get to choose.

Ultimate Corona Booking Flexibility

If Covid gets in the way, again, we've got your back. Read more here.

Lifetime deposit guarantee

Change of mind for trip, destination or dates? No problem! Learn more here.

Trip location

You'll be spending most of your time on the Galapagos Islands.

Trip itinerary

Day 1

Once you’ve touched down at Quito International Airport, your pre-arranged transfer will take you to your initial homestay accommodation with a local family in Quito. Relax, settle in and get to know the family.

Head to your orientation where you’ll get to meet the project staff and learn about your volunteer duties. You’ll also be provided with information about Ecuador’s culture and handy travel tips.

Day 2

Say goodbye to your host family, head to Quito Airport and start your journey to Galapagos. 

Day 3+

6.00am: Rise and shine! Indulge in prepared Ecuadorian breakfast at your accommodation and get ready for the day ahead. 

7.00am: If you’re involved in teaching or community & conservation projects, you’ll kickstart your volunteer duties in the morning.  

Community & conservation - You may find yourself painting schools, cleaning gardens and parks, repairing playgrounds, helping out with conservation efforts at the breeding centre and tree nursery, assisting with reforestation and supporting local farmers. 

Teaching - You could be responsible for assisting the students during classes, including maths, English, computer skills and sport subjects. 

1.00pm: Head back to your accommodation for a well-deserved lunch & midday break. Once your morning volunteer duties are complete, you’ll have the afternoon to explore and relax. 

4.00pm: If you’re involved in the coaching project, you’ll kickstart your volunteer duties in the afternoon. 

Coaching - Head to your project location and start off by coaching kids from 6 to 11 years old with their soccer skills, later moving on to assist 12 to 16 year olds. You’ll also attend further training sessions and meetings. 

7.00pm: Dinner will be served at your accommodation. You’ll be able to chat with the other volunteers about your day and relax. 

Weekends: You’ll have every weekend off, which gives you the perfect opportunity to explore. You’ll have the opportunity to relax on the white sands found at Tortuga Bay, visit the 100-year-old tortoises in Santa Cruz, summit the striking volcanoes dotted along the skyline and discover the unique wildlife found on land and sea.   

Ongoing

Our dedicated team will check in regularly and keep in touch with you throughout your stay but, if at any point during your trip you need travel advice or assistance, we’ll be here to answer all your questions. Don’t forget you can always jump on our social media pages too or buzz our 24/7 emergency support line for urgent matters.

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Reviews

Zara F
Booked in Jul, 2019
Fantastic service! Can�t wait for this adventure to begin! Oil and the team have made this process seamless
Annabelle H
Booked in Aug, 2018
really good, Lia was really helpful and she made me feel much more confident about my trip and I’m very excited to be off to Galapagos!
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Frequently asked questions

Yes! There are several destinations that are open to travellers right now! And if you’re from Australia, you could be able to get an exemption to travel if you’re travelling for over 3 months*, which is the majority of our trips. We can advise how to apply for this exemption. We recommend our travellers book their trips at least 6-12 months in advance, so by the time you’re ready to depart we’re confident your destination (if it’s not already open) will be open and ready to go. *Full exemption info here.

If you have to make any changes to your departure date, you’re protected by our Lifetime Deposit Guarantee and our Ultimate Corona Booking Flexibility. With this, we will change your trip dates for free. If this doesn’t fit around you and you can’t go on your trip anymore, we will give you a 100% refund in the form of a Trip Credit with us (See terms). If you’re unable to use it, you can also transfer that credit to someone else for them to put towards any trip too.


If you’re affected by COVID while you’re overseas, you will have all the support you need from our team or partners in-country as well as have access to our 24/7 Global Emergency Line. We work with a travel insurance company that provides COVID protection, and people going on Volunteer trips will get this for free currently!

Yes we are! All of our trips are still being planned for and taking new bookings. We always recommend that our travellers take 6-12 months between booking their trip to departure. This gives you plenty of time to arrange all the finer details of your trip, and pay it off. If things don’t go as planned you are always able to rearrange your trip using your Lifetime Deposit Guarantee and Ultimate Corona Booking Flexibility! So there is really nothing to worry about.

In 2020, the world stopped. This means that we have a backlog of travellers, just like you, who are desperate to get out and explore the world! Global Work & Travel works on a first-in-best-dressed basis. Booking earlier ensures that you don’t miss out on the best intake, season, placements and more! We recommend our travellers take 6-12 months to plan their trip for a reason - to make sure you’ve got everything organised perfectly, stress-free. If COVID affects your trip, you are protected for any changes with our Ultimate Corona Booking Flexibility. Why not give yourself something to look forward to, by booking that trip!

Yes you can! Simply tell your Trip Coordinator after booking that your friend is also going and they can link your profiles. For most of our trips (excluding Summer Camp in the USA) we should be able to have you and your friends placed together. If availability doesn’t allow it, we’ll get you in the same area. So you’ll be able to have this experience together!

Our Ultimate Corona Booking Flexibility means you can change your trip’s start date up to 56 days before departure without incurring ANY charges, and you’re able to rebook it for ANY time (or even any other trip) in the next 2 years from your original start date.


In the event that you want to cancel your booking altogether, if you give us over 56 days notice you can do so with only a 50% cancellation fee. Your refund of the balance will come in the form of a Travel Credit which you can put towards booking absolutely anything travel related with your Travel Concierge within the next 3 years!

How it works

Make your decision
Choose your trip style and destination, and confirm your spot with a deposit. Then, open your gWorld account and celebrate, the hardest part is over and the fun is about to begin.
We become friends
You’ll be matched with a personal Trip Coordinator who knows all the ins & outs. They’ll guide you through everything we need to do together, so you can leave your worries behind.
Time to go
We’ll get your tickets in-hand and your transfers ready. Then, our in-country team or partner will have everything prepared for your arrival. It’s now time for the real adventure to start.
24/7 support
Never stress, knowing we’re there with you when you need us with ongoing & unlimited local team support and check-ins. And just in case, we’ve got an emergency team on stand-by, 24/7.

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