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Ecuador

Galapagos Tortoise Breeding Center

Volunteer at the Galápagos National Park, and get the chance to provide assistance at the tortoise breeding center. You will be a member of the research and zoo keeping

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Cuba

Coastal Habitat Restoration

The Coastal Habitat Restoration Volunteer will support a recently started local habitat restoration initiative that focuses on beaches important for nesting sea turtles.

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Ecuador

Social Media / Graphic Design in the Galapagos

What better way to boost your CV than to add it with international work experience! Get the chance to apply your technical prowess in social media or graphic design through...

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Ecuador

English TA in the Galapagos

You won’t often find a program that combines volunteering and ecotourism in a protected site. IOI Adventures offers you such a rewarding opportunity in Galapagos where

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Cuba

Turtle Nest Monitoring

Are you interested about wildlife? Are you especially fascinated with turtles? We have the perfect opportunity for you in Cuba. Join our sea turtle nesting monitoring project...

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Ecuador

Turtle Nesting Monitoring in Galapagos

Travel to the island that inspired Charles Darwin’s theory of evolution, and do more than explore. Help build a better and safer habitat for turtles! This volunteering

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Cuba

Coral Reef Restoration

The Coral Reef Restoration Volunteer will contribute to an ongoing initiative to improve and monitor coral reef health off the southern coast of the Isle of Youth, Cuba.

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Ecuador

Ecotourism Internship with Galapagos National Park

Established in 1959 and starting operations in 1968, Galápagos National Park is the first of its kind in Ecuador. It is a UNESCO World Heritage Site and makes up approximately...

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Costa Rica

Marine Conservation Volunteer in Costa Rica

The Marine Conservation Volunteer will assist in ongoing sea turtle and ray monitoring projects in the waters and beaches of El Jobo on the North Pacific Coast of Costa Rica....

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IOI Adventures Reviews

Overall Rating

10 / 10

  • Volunteer Placement

    10

  • Program Administration

    10

  • Living Situation

    10

  • Community Engagement

    10

  • Health & Safety

    9

  • Day to Day Life

    10

Cocodrillo eco-tourism - a once in a lifetime experience!

Where to begin! Volunteering in Cocodrillo for a week was such a unique experience and once in a life time opportunity. The project was well run, the daily excursions/snorkel and dive trips were so wonderful and varied, and the project leaders were kind, knowledgeable, and accommodating in every way. Cuba is a special place regardless of where you visit, but there is no place like Cocodrillo!

Program: Turtle Nest Monitoring

Overall Rating

10 / 10

  • Volunteer Placement

    10

  • Program Administration

    10

  • Living Situation

    10

  • Community Engagement

    10

  • Health & Safety

    10

  • Day to Day Life

    10

Wonderful projects, rewarding experience

Cocodrilo was an adventure! The setting is spectacular, and the people running the environmental projects, including the coastal restoration project, are passionate and committed. Highly recommended!!

Program: Coastal Habitat Restoration

Overall Rating

9 / 10

  • Volunteer Placement

    9

  • Program Administration

    9

  • Living Situation

    8

  • Community Engagement

    9

  • Health & Safety

    9

  • Day to Day Life

    9

Coral, community, and Cuban culture!

My week spent in Cocodrilo was like a dream: the leaders were knowledgeable, sweet, and engaging; the town was a pleasure to explore; and the ocean was storybook! I fully recommend visiting Cocodrilo!

Program: Coastal Habitat Restoration

Overall Rating

8 / 10

  • Volunteer Placement

    6

  • Program Administration

    9

  • Living Situation

    8

  • Community Engagement

    5

  • Health & Safety

    7

  • Day to Day Life

    7

Rewarding and fun, but wish we could have more cultural interaction and more impact

We were one of the first volunteer groups at this site, so IOI is still getting the program fully organized. We enjoyed our volunteer activities - cleaning the coral scaffolding, coral cleaning, ocean trash removal, invasive species removal - but there was not enough of these activities. They only occupied a few hours each day at most. We also would have liked to interact with local people more during our stay.

Program: Coral Reef Restoration

  • IOI Adventures responded to this review August 04, 2017 at 8:50 AM

    We try to provide volunteers with a balance of activities and free time. Usually we have volunteers work for a few hours in the morning and provide them with the afternoons free to explore. But we are happy to adapt that based on the volunteers' desires if they wish to work full days.

    The people of Cocodrilo are very excited to host volunteers, but because the town has only recently open to foreigners (and in general the insular nature of Cuba), having volunteers from other countries in their community is very new. This makes for a unique experience for volunteers and as Cuba continues to open up, volunteers' interactions with locals will improve. Cubans are known for being extremely nice and genuine, and the people from Cocodrilo are no exception!

Overall Rating

10 / 10

  • Volunteer Placement

    9

  • Program Administration

    10

  • Living Situation

    9

  • Community Engagement

    10

  • Health & Safety

    9

  • Day to Day Life

    10

Service learning in the Galapagos

I am very excited about the sea turtle monitoring project because it is a wonderful way for people to help the national park with data collection and to increase awareness about sea turtle nesting behavior and life cycle. Both of the nighttime monitoring groups were lucky enough to see a sea turtle, but only my group was able to see one nesting. I loved being able to see the whole process and getting the opportunity to collect information about the turtle for the national park. Growing up in Florida I have always been fascinated by sea turtle and getting the chance to have this experience has just made my love that much deeper.

Program: Turtle Nesting Monitoring in Galapagos

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