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The Galapagos Islands are known for having one of the most fragile ecosystems in the world.More than 5 million years ago the Galapagos Islands were formed. The same main attractions of flora and fauna that draw the thousands of visitors each year are putting the Islands in danger. This is where Fundacion Bolivar Volunteers come into the picture. Our organization offers you a chance of a lifetime to volunteer in the Galapagos, helping to protect the native and endemic species that can only be found here.
When the first pioneers of the Galapagos came to settle in the Galapagos, they brought with them invasive plants and animals that very negatively affected the natural habitats, leading to the demise of many species, or endangering them. Among these intruders were rats and goats that would eat the eggs of Galapagos tortoises, or eat the same foods that were necessary for bird species and tortoises to survive.
This project take place in an Cristobal Island which is one of the two Islands where there is an airport too and many important facilities that other Islands do not have.
Description of the Work
Volunteers will be working in a controlled plot of land where one of the main objectives is eliminating invasive plants like the blackberry’s plant that is covering huge parts of the populated Islands and then restore native and endemic species of plants by growing them first in a greenhouse located in another area of the Island and finally planting them in their permanent new locations.
Volunteers also will work on our project to encourage the local farming since many of the locals despite of the fact of having such a very fertile land they prefer to import many vegetables from the main continent. Volunteer will work o our faming program to produce and collect some products that can be sold and exchange with the locals by doing this volunteers are encouraging the locals to join this agricultural activity.
Keep in Mind
Galapagos is a group of Islands where food and basic resources are hard to get since many of them come from the continent and that explains the high costs in the Islands.
The minimum required time to work is one week.
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You will have enough time after or during your volunteer period to explore the Islands and the surroundings.
You will live with one of the local families who will provide the 3 meals a day, the accommodation areas are located pretty close to the projects so that you can reach the work place by walking.