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Local, nationals and international volunteers

Being a volunteer of the Directorate of the Galapagos National Park is an opportunity to learn, participate and contribute directly to the management actions for conservation of the first World Heritage Site, and work for the sustainable development of the province.

The Volunteer Program of the Galapagos National Park is coordinated by the Department of Conservation and Sustainable Development, which is found at the GNP headquarters in Santa Cruz.

Volunteers can be:

Requirements for students in Galapagos

  1. Students from the local colleges who will be recieving their high school diploma.

  2. Students who have completed at least two academic years or four semesters of college.

  3. Professionals wishing to provide their expertise as volunteers in one of GNP units according to their career.

Except for applicants from local colleges, all those interested in volunteering for the GNP, should apply through the institution's website. Any legal matters related to obtaining a visa, extension of voluntary service. should be done by the volunteer at his/her own expense.

In the case of domestic and foreign applicants, applications are not accepted for volunteering by applicants from within the islands, it is important that applications for volunteering are made from an applicant's place of residence and not from within the archipelago.

Requirements for students in Galapagos

  1. Application sent by the Director of the establishment to which the applicant belongs.

  2. Certificate of conduct and academic average granted by the authority of the educational establishment concerned.

  3. Current medical certificate.

Requirements for national candidates from Ecuadorian universities and professionals

  1. Submit an application to the Director of the GNP, explaining what his/her personal aspirations are regarding their voluntary work for the GNP.

  2. Be supported (in writing) by the institution or school to which he/she belongs.

  3. Send a Curriculum vitae.

  4. Recomendation from guardian or Dean of Faculty to which he/she belongs.

  5. Copy of personal documents (identity card, voter certification)

  6. Up-to-date medical certificate and medical insurance

  7. Application form.

  8. Project and/or tentative proposal of what you want to do in the GNP.

  9. Commit to at least three months stay in the Galapagos National Park.

Requirements for international applicants

  1. Submit an application to the Director of the GNP, indicating his/her personal aspirations in regards to volunteering with the Galapagos National Park. Keep in mind that the professional or vocational inclinations do not always coincide with the real needs of the institution at the time of application.

  2. Send curriculum vitae.

  3. Recomendations from the school attending (or attended) and/or his/her last place of employment.

  4. Copy of personal documents (passport and visa).

  5. Current international travel and medical insurance.

  6. Application form.

  7. Commit to at least three months stay in the Galapagos National Park.

Commitments of the Institution to the volunteer

Upon acceptance of the applicant, the DPNG is committed to:
  1. Processing the exemption of entry tax to the Protected Areas in Galapagos.

  2. Assist and advise the volunteer on the project and/or activities he/she are involved in.

  3. Extend a certificate for the work done within the projects of the institution.

  4. For now, the annual operating budget of the GNP does not provide for any expenses incurred by the volunteer. Therefore, there is no commitment to pay air travel costs, stay or food to the volunteers who come to work at the institution. Eventually, depending on availability of resources, the DGNP could offer accommodations to a volunteer. However this is not an obligation.

  5. Inform the department of control and migration of INGALA of completion of the volunteer's work with the the GNP.

Commitments of the volunteer

The volunteer commits to:
  1. Maintain proper discipline, manners and camaraderie within the institution and beyond.

  2. Demonstrate at all times; respect, willingness, and responsibility in fulfilling their assigned duties.

  3. Complete assigned working hours, and if you want to extend your stay, it must be in coordination with your supervisor.

  4. Present at the end of your volunteering, a report and talk about the activities realized.

  5. Leave the islands once fulfilling your commitment with the Galapagos National Park according to the Special Law for Galapagos.

Arriving to the Galapagos.

The volunteer, before admission to Galapagos, must have all documentation in order and establish the exact date of arrival.

The entrance to Galapagos is given by two airports: Baltra airport to get to Santa Cruz and the Chatham airport to arrive at San Cristóbal.

Once at the airport you must go to the entry lane for state residents and indicate that you come as part of the Volunteer Program of the Directorate of the Galapagos National Park and present your personal documents to the respective control.

At the Galapagos National Park offices in Santa Cruz, you should present yourself to the Volunteer Coordinator, who will take you to meet the Head of the unit who you'll work with and the Director of the National Park. For Technical Offices (San Cristóbal and Isabela), you must present yourself to the Head of the Technical Office, who will present you to the supervisor, whom you'll work with.



For questions contact :
María Egas C.
Volunteers Program
Santa Cruz
Phone. +593 (0)5 25 26 189 Ext. 227


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and endemic species

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of introduced animals

Control and eradication
of introduced plants

Island control and monitoring


Applied marine research

Management and support for fisheries

Marine control and monitoring


Visitor sites
and naturalist guides

Visitor management

Local participation,
quotas y patents


Environmental management
in populated areas

Special use
of protected areas

Agricultural development


Approved projects, applications, field
protocols, etc..