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Coral Reef Restoration in Cuba

Volunteer in this Coral Reef Restoration project and take part in an ongoing initiative. Based in the Isle of Youth, Cuba, the placement mainly involves monitoring and improving...

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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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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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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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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

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

Sea Turtle and Ray Research Volunteer

The Sea Turtle and Ray Research 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...

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IOI Adventures Reviews

Overall Rating

7 / 10

  • Day to Day Life

    5

  • Health & Safety

    10

  • Community Engagement

    10

  • Living Situation

    5

  • Program Administration

    7

  • Volunteer Placement

    4

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I think this is a great experience if you're interested in hanging out on a small beach town in a culturally interesting place. Make sure you go November - March (outside of hurricane season and before getting into the rainy season) as this will make it much easier to avoid the hot/humid temperatures as well as the mosquitos. The house in Cocodrillo doesn't have air conditioning which means you have to leave the windows open in order to avoid overheating. Unfortunately the high number of mosquitos there will enter the room where you sleep and no amount of mosquito repellant will to keep them from biting you.

Another thing to note is that although I would highly recommend the village and the overall experience I can't say that I perceived this to be a highly impactful volunteer opportunity. If you go into this looking for a good time I think this is a great place to do it!

Program: Coral Reef Restoration in Cuba

Overall Rating

7 / 10

  • Day to Day Life

    7

  • Health & Safety

    6

  • Community Engagement

    7

  • Living Situation

    7

  • Program Administration

    7

  • Volunteer Placement

    7

Two weeks of turtle nest monitoring on Isabela

We had a really good time on Isabela. During the first week we suffered a dip in motivation, when we found out that there were only very few turtle nests on the beach. This of course is much more sad for the turtles than it was for us. But during the second week IOI arranged some other activities for us, so that we could help the National Park with cleaning the mangroves and sea bottom. These activities helped us to feel more useful. Overall, we had a very good time. We learned a lot, saw a lot of beautiful things and animals, had an interesting cultural experience and had a lot of fun.

Program: Turtle Nesting Monitoring in Galapagos

  • IOI Adventures responded to this review June 05, 2018 at 8:53 AM

    Hi Wytse,
    we regret to hear about your dip in motivation. May is the last month of the season and nesting can be more sparse.
    I am glad to hear the team got you engaged with other projects that excited you. We are always flexible and try to make every participants' experience as fulfilling as possible!

Overall Rating

10 / 10

  • Host School or Placement

    10

  • Living Situation

    10

  • Compensation & Benefits

    10

  • Support Services

    10

  • Day to Day Life

    10

  • Community

    10

Living a great life in San Cristobal

Hi my name is Sara Stewart. I am an early/childhood education major at SUNY Cortland. This past winter I went to San Cristobal in the Galapagos islands in Ecuador.
My project that I had was teaching children in Ecuador English. I taught four classes every weekday and I planned lessons in the morning for a hour. All of the classes I taught were very different from each other. The first class I taught was a beginners class. This ranged from students who were typically five to six years old who barley knew any English. The next class I taught was advanced. This class consisted mainly of seven to eight year olds. The advanced class has mediocre English skills and the aspect that these students struggled with most was grammar. The third class I taught was level five. Level five consisted of eight to ten year olds. These students spoke some clear statements, but these students as well struggled with grammar. The last class I taught was a conversation class. This was the most advanced class I taught. This class consisted of twelve to fourteen year olds. These students when I were there had a one on one helper and I was one of the students helper. The whole time you would talk in English and ask the students any questions that cam dot your mind. This program had many supplies that you can use in your classroom and were willing to add anything you thought would be beneficial to the classroom.

Staff Support: The staff support was amazing. They provided me with transportation the minute I got off the flight. They introduced me to mu host family right when I got there. Later on in the first day they showed me where I would be working. They explained to me what was expected of me. Then they walked me around to show me where some cool places were. The first day of volunteering they picked me up and made sure I learned the walk to the work place. They also help me meet other volunteers. They also helped me to get adjusted to teaching ESL learners. They provided me with the resources I needed to teach the children. They even let me work on the conversation for a morning to see the turtles.
There are many activities to do on the Galapagos. I wish I had more time because there was so much I wanted to do! One thing I would recommend when being on San Cristobal is doing the 360 tour. During this tour you are on about ride. The boat ride takes you to many beaches that you couldn’t get to other than by boat. It then it takes you to other amazing snoring sites, such as my favorite kicker rock! When Snorkeling in kicker rock I saw hammerhead sharks and a few Galapagos sharks. I also saw sea turtles and many exotic fish it was a great experience! This tour was very affordable and I would highly recommend it. San Cristobal has another beautiful site, which is the volcano. The volcano doesn’t have may tourists that come to visit, but it is one of the most beautiful sites on the island. On the island there are tons of beaches, there are tons of beautiful hikes and tons of water activities that are worth checking out. The wild life is also amazing! The turtles park is a must see., They have a conversation for the turtles. You can see really tiny ones up to ones that are huge and are older
than one hundred years old. San Cristobal is an amazing place. Anyone who has the opportunity to go I would highly recommend it. I would also suggest going to the other two islands, that is the one aspect that I regret not doing most!

Program: English TA in the Galapagos

  • IOI Adventures responded to this review May 06, 2018 at 3:14 PM

    Thanks for the review, Sara! We are so happy to hear you had a great experience. Thanks for your time and energy - we'd love to have you back anytime! And thank you for the great photo!

Overall Rating

10 / 10

  • Volunteer Placement

    10

  • Program Administration

    10

  • Living Situation

    8

  • Community Engagement

    8

  • Health & Safety

    9

  • Day to Day Life

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Awesome experience in the breeding centre of Isabela Island

I had an amazing experience on Isabela Island. The organisation was completely smooth, thanks again for that! I didn´t have to take care of anything and could simply enjoy my stay there, the time with the turtoises and my time off. More details see below.

Program: Galapagos Tortoise Breeding Center

  • IOI Adventures responded to this review April 13, 2018 at 5:41 PM

    Thanks for the review, Ursina! We are so happy to hear you had a great experience in Isabela. Thanks for your time and energy - we'd love to have you back anytime!

Overall Rating

10 / 10

  • Volunteer Placement

    10

  • Program Administration

    10

  • Living Situation

    10

  • Community Engagement

    10

  • Health & Safety

    10

  • Day to Day Life

    10

Cocodrilo

I had a marvelous time in Cocodrilo. This is a unique opportunity because tourism isn't developed here. I loved the whole experience and miss the wonderful people I met. The diving was beautiful. I definitely want to go back!

Program: Coral Reef Restoration in Cuba

  • IOI Adventures responded to this review February 23, 2018 at 7:18 AM

    Glad you enjoyed your time, Dena! You're right in that there is little foreign presence in Cocodrilo making it a genuine Cuban experience for our volunteers.

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