Ecuador: Galapagos Islands, Mindo, Puerto Lopez and 2 other cities
Experience the incredible beauty of Ecuador with Experiential Learning International while assisting local organizations and gaining a deep understanding of the people and culture in a volunteer and internship program.
Volunteers work in community run organizations, gaining firsthand knowledge of complex development issues the country is facing. Volunteers can work with a conservation project aimed at activities that promote reforestation, animal rescue, and finding environmentally sustainable income sources for locals.
1. Help efforts to conserve the ecological diversity of Ecuador.
2. Gain international volunteering experience while helping local communities face development issues.
3. Live with a host family in various locations in Ecuador.
4. Explore the Galapagos Islands and experience participating in reforestation and animal rescue activities.
5-8 weeks, 9-12 weeks, 3-6 months (High School)
Throughout the year
Typical Duration of Program
Throughout the year
Participants in this program need to be ready for basic conditions which may include camping for a week or two at a time. Also, keep in mind that conservation are in less developed rural areas where there may not be reliable services such as electricity.
- Sustainable Development
- Animal Sciences
- Zoology & Wildlife Sciences
- Environmental Studies
- Environmental Management
- Agricultural Sciences
- Agricultural Economics
Cost in US$:
Costs vary. Please contact us for details
- In-country orientation/Training
- Registration fees
- Written materials pre-departure
Program Fees Include:
Pre-departure Support: ELI's staff is very knowledgeable and happy to help volunteers and interns to prepare for their travels.
Airport Pickup: Volunteers are met at the airport in Quito and provided with transportation to their host family.
In-country Orientation: Each volunteer program starts with a two to three day orientation which covers important topics on the logistics of living and working in Ecuador, city tours, help with transportation, and optional Spanish classes
In-country Staff Support: ELI's Ecuador coordinator has years of experience working with visitors to Ecuador. She is very resourceful and on call 24/7 in case of emergency.
Accommodations: Volunteers will stay with a local host family where they will be provided with a room and breakfast and dinner each day. By living with a family, volunteers will learn about the day to day rhythms of Ecuadorian life first hand as well as sample traditional meals not usually available in restaurants. Host families are eager to welcome volunteers and are a fantastic resource for learning about the local culture and sights.
- Animal Welfare
- Biological Research
- Global Warming
- Grassroots Organization
- Marine Conservation
- Natural Resources
- Trail Building
- Tree Planting
- Wildlife Surveying
There is no typical ELI volunteer. We work with people from all over the world and a variety of backgrounds. ELI has placed volunteers ranging in age from 18-81. Successful volunteers are flexible, upbeat, energetic, and inquisitive.
18 and up.
This Program is open to
Worldwide, American, Asian, Australian, Canadian, European and Kiwi Participants. This Program is also open to Couples and Individuals.
Typical Living Arrangements
- Group living
Typically Participants Work
Application Process Involves
- Online Application
- Written Application