Volunteers work with children and help protect the environment in Ecuador on our project for teenagers

Volunteer with Children and Do Conservation Work in Ecuador

Volunteer with children at a summer camp and help with conservation in the Galapagos National Park

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  • Spend your summer living on a unique island, helping people and the environment.
  • You’ll work with conservationists at the Galapagos National Park to help protect endangered animals and plants.
  • Your second week is spent working at a community summer camp, helping children to have fun and learn through play.

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Det här är ett projekt för dig som är 15-18 år


Is volunteer work in Ecuador for teenagers right for me?

Do you want to spend your summer living on a unique island, helping people and the environment? Then you’ll love our Childcare & Conservation High School Special in the Galapagos. It’s for any teenager looking to do something different and be outdoors. 


This project is designed specifically for teenagers. We have a set itinerary in place and our staff are there every step of the way for guidance and support.  


You don’t need any experience. A willingness to help, learn, and explore is all we ask of you. This programme is a great way to get practical experience and learn new skills like teamwork and planning. Use it to give your application or CV an edge for university or a job.


What will I be doing on this project?

This two week project is divided into two parts. You spend one week doing conservation volunteer work in the Galapagos National Park. The second week is spent with children at a summer camp. You’ll help with these activities:


  • Work with conservationists at the Galapagos National Park
  • Help children learn through play at a summer camp
  • Expand your own horizons through unique experiences on the island

Your work during this High School Special will be divided into two main categories:


Help protect local wildlife and plant


Galapagos is home to a unique population of bird and animal life. It’s also considered a research hotspot for scientists from around the world. During your first week, you’ll work with conservationists on various research projects in the Galapagos National Park.


The park is understaffed because of a lack of funding. Because of this, it’s difficult for staff to do a lot of the research needed by themselves. As an extra pair of helping hands, you’ll help them with collecting data during surveys. This is important work, as the results are used to advise the Ministry of Environment for policy-making.


You’ll also get involved in the removal of alien plants. These plants are a threat to local species that are only found in the Galapagos. You’ll also help plant mangroves to restore the habitats of marine life around the island.


By leading workshops to the local community, you also play a role in raising awareness about the importance of protecting Galapagos’ unique environment.


Help children learn through play


During your second week, you’ll help run a summer camp for children in Puerto Baquerizo Moreno. Bring all your energy and creativity to:


  • Teach basic English
  • Play educational games
  • Lead art and crafts and sports activities


As a volunteer, you make a huge difference in keeping local children engaged and active during their holidays. This is also a huge help to parents who are unable to take time off work and might be worried about keeping their children safe during the day.


Expand your horizons


While helping the local community and environment, you will also get a chance to expand your own horizons. Since you will be living with a host family, you will get to interact with locals on a daily basis and learn more about the unique culture of Galapagos.


It’s also an excellent way to improve your Spanish or learn a new language.


As part of the itinerary, we will take you on a weekend trip to one of San Cristobal’s neighbouring islands. This will give you a chance to see more of the Galapagos Islands and gain a greater understanding of local life.


Where you will work in the Galapagos

San Cristobal

The Galapagos Islands are hugely popular for anyone with an interest in biology, science, and wildlife. These volcanic islands are home to a vast number of species that occur nowhere else in the world. A few examples include the Giant tortoise, marine iguanas, Galapagos fur seals, and Galapagos penguins.

Ankomst, visum och hämtning

När du anländer till flygplatsen i din valda destination, kommer en av våra Projects Abroad anställda att möta dig och hälsa dig välkommen till landet. Du hittar mer information om ankomstflygplatser, introduktion och visum på vår sida Ankomst i Ecuador.


What are the aims and impacts of this project?

The aim of this project for high school students is to assist staff with conservation work and help run a summer camp for disadvantaged children.


Due to insufficient funding from the government, the Galapagos National Park is understaffed. This makes it difficult for staff and conservationists to do everything that’s needed. It also means that research projects get delayed.


You’ll play an important role doing wildlife surveys, collecting valuable scientific data, and doing reforestation work in the park.


During school holidays, most parents aren’t able to take time off work to look after their children. Volunteering with children in Ecuador as a teenager helps teachers and caregivers keep children occupied and stimulated in a safe space.


Lastly, this project is also all about giving you the opportunity to travel safely to a unique destination and make new friends from other parts of the globe. Of course, it’s also an excellent way of being part of something positive for the local community and environment!

Interesting facts about conservation volunteering in Ecuador with projects abroad

Projekthandlingsplaner

Vi har utarbetat långsiktiga mål för våra projekt och dokumenterat målen i våra projekthandlingsplaner. Våra projekthandlingsplaner används också för att planera ditt arbete. Tack vare våra projekthandlingsplaner kan du vara säker på att du arbetar mot ett långsiktigt mål och vi kan kontinuerligt utvärdera och förbättra vårt arbete. Våra projekthandlingsplaner säkerställer att vi gör en verklig skillnad.

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Vi mäter resultatet av vårt arbete varje år

Varje år deltar tusentals ungdomsvolontärer på våra projekt runt om i världen. Under deras tid utomlands bidrar de till att göra en långsiktig positiv skillnad i de samhällen där de arbetar. För att visa vilket resultat deras hårda arbete har, sammanställer vi varje år en rapport som heter High School Specials Impact repor.

För mer information om den insats våra ungdomsvolontär gjort under året, läs vår senaste rapport.


Mat och boende

Du kommer dela boende med andra Projects Abroad volontärer under din tid i San Cristóbal. Det här är ett fantastiskt sätt att lära känna varandra, dela era upplevelser och utforska omgivningarna tillsammans. Du kan även be oss att ordna boende i en värdfamilj i San Cristóbal.

Vi försöker alltid placera våra ungdomsvolontärer så att de delar rum med en annan Projects Abroad volontär eller praktikant, av samma ålder och kön. Ditt rum kommer vara enkelt men bekvämt, rent och säkert.

Din projektavgift inkluderar tre måltider om dagen.

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Säkerhet och personalstöd

Din säkerhet är vår första prioritet. Vi har många processer och system på plats för att se till att du som ungdomsvolontär har all extra hjälp och support som du behöver. Vår egen Projects Abroad personal finns alltid med dig och de andra ungdomsvolontärerna, oavsett tid på dygnet eller dag i veckan. De ser till att du trivs i ditt boende och känner dig hemma på din projektplacering. Om du skulle stöta på något problem, finns vår personal alltid där för att hjälpa dig.

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När du anmäler dig betalar du endast 2700 kr, vilket dras av från totalpriset. Avbetalningsmöjligheter finns och vi kan också ge tips på hur du kan samla in pengar

Vill du delta på fler än ett projekt? Ring oss på 0855921116 för att ta reda på om vi kan erbjuda rabatt.

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