IOI Adventures Programs
Work as a Social Media Intern in the Galapagos. Help monitor and actively market IOI Galapagos donation and fundraising functions, and continue to build their presence on...
Volunteer as a teacher at a preschool in Galapagos. You will be working with children ages 3, 4, and 5, and will provide assistance to classroom teachers. You will be responsible...
IOI Adventures Reviews
Volunteering in the Galapagos
Submitted by Lexie - University of Miami | November 05, 2015
I spent 5 weeks volunteering at IOI in the Galapagos Islands working on the social media team. IOI’s strong local involvement allowed me to really become a part of the tight-knit community here, where I got to hear amazing stories and become friends with many of the locals. Through volunteering with the social media team I got to photograph and participate in many local events including parties, beach clean-ups, and health seminars. I was able to spend time with other volunteers to learn about what they were doing to help the community, from teaching English in schools to volunteering at the tortoise breeding center. IOI allowed me to showcase my marketing, web design, and social media skills on a variety of online platforms. The best part is that the volunteer schedule is flexible and not overly-demanding allowing me to get out and explore the natural beauty of the Galapagos!
Tortoise Center Amazing Community and Island Volunteer experience
Submitted by Christina - portland community college | September 10, 2015
I can't even begin to describe the amazingness of this island Isabela in the Galapagos and my experience with IOI. The first thing that comes to mind when I look back on my time there is not only the constant surrounding natural beauty of the island, but also the beautiful people who helped to make the experience possible and fun. I loved how accepting and community oriented the people of Galapagos and IOI are! They welcome you in, help you learn Spanish, learn the town layout, learn about the best spots to see, show you how to travel around the islands, invite you to new experiences with the locals, and feed you new foods that became a staple in my every day life now and forever. The lifestyle on the Galapagos is enough to pull you back again, I know it did for me as I left the first time and couldn't help but return the following weeks! My family was so accepting and helpful; the living situation is definitely comfortable enough and it's nice to feel lazy and get breakfast, lunch and dinner every day made for you. Plus I thought it was usually delicious!
The activities on the island keep you moving, out and about, in the sunshine, and connected to the people and wildlife most importantly :)
The wildlife is indescribable! How close they come to you and how much you see there it's just like no other place you've ever been before. They're so calm and the community is very respectful to the wildlife in every way. If you love animals this is the number one place for you to go!
Working in the tortoise center on top of that is like the cherry on top of an ice cream sundae. It was so nice to be outside in the corrals feeding the tortoises and cleaning them up. I was lucky enough to work with another local for the first two weeks, who taught me a lot of Spanish while feeding tortoises.
I had a very nice host family brother who showed me all the snorkeling and surfing areas in the island and took me to get food at local restaurants on the island. This is definitely the way to become friends with the community easier.. through having a host family.
The IOI facilities are very nice, I was surprised. They have one of the more structured and modern buildings on Isabela Island. I often spent time sitting in hammocks on the patio there and using wifi to connect my laptop for Skype, movies, or whatever. But there's much more to do there than sit in front of a laptop. They also have a grand open space in the back with plenty of social room and room for activities like dance, classes, yoga, hanging out, etc.
The most common things to do on the island would be exploring nature, snorkeling, sitting on the beautiful beaches for sunset, surfing, swimming in the warm water :), being with family, going to soccer games, eating along the strip of restaurants, and dancing at night with locals!
Days are joyful, work is rewarding, food is good, and the people are friendly, warm, and lively.
IOI is extremely helpful every step of the way, well organized, on top of everything and furthermore will help you with any problem you come to them with. Like wanting to come back! haha
I clearly had a great experience there and can't wait to go back and try volunteering with other programs as well as teach English some day!
The Future Darwins
Submitted by Maria Miranda - George Washington University | August 14, 2015
IOI is a wonderful organization that works not only in but also with the community to bring change in all aspects. Changing the community for the better as well as the volunteers who are exposed to such a different culture and way of life. It teaches volunteers about the beautiful mystery that is Mother Nature and the complexity that is living in a small community in Paradise Island known as Isabela. The volunteer becomes Darwin, a scientist looking for something you don’t even know you are looking for. When you find it that is the experience. That is what you leave behind and what you take with you. Hopefully, returning one day for more research.
A Journey to the Galapagos
Submitted by Maria Miranda - George Washington University | July 28, 2015
IOI is a wonderful organization that works not only in but also with the community to bring change in all aspects. Changing the community for the better as well as the volunteers who are exposed to such a different culture and way of life. I worked as a yoga and art teacher in a local school, Jacinto. The teachers and director at Jacinto were very welcoming and would talk to me regularly. The children were terrific always very loving and ready to learn. They made saying goodbye nearly impossible. The experience as a whole was truly incredible and life changing. Anyone would be lucky to have the opportunity to work with IOI.
Social Media in the Galapagos
Submitted by Emmet Torney - University of Miami | October 21, 2014
I worked with IOI Galapagos as Social Media Communication volunteer. I took photos of events and other volunteers. I produced a video for IOI's youtube and Vimeo channels. I also wrote descriptions and quizzes for pictures that were used for weekly updates on IOI's Facebook page. I also partook in the flamingo count, mangrove planting, and beach clean up which were projects conducted along side with the Galapagos National Park. I enjoyed taking pictures and film. I believe my specific service project was important because I helped promote IOI Galapagos to the general public through their social media outlets.