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Ecuador & the Galapagos Service & Adventure - 21 days

Ecuador & Galapagos Volunteer Program for Teens

Experience the natural beauty and cultural richness of South America on this summer volunteer program. Work on a diverse set of community service projects alongside locals in Quito, Riobamba, the Amazon Rainforest and the spectacular Galapagos Islands. This teen community service program in Ecuador and the Galapagos uses a service-learning framework tailored for high school students, where our staff provide guidance and reflection on the impact of the work we do throughout the program and promote the value of empathy and cultural sensitivity. When not volunteering, explore Quito – the first city to be declared a World Heritage Site by UNESCO, where you’ll straddle the Northern and Southern Hemispheres at the same time. You’ll be one of the privileged travelers to visit the Galapagos Islands where we explore the home of Darwin’s theory of evolution and observe many endemic species of animals, including the giant land tortoise. Not to mention the breathtaking views of the Andes highlands in Riobamba, or the dense rainforest & rushing waterfalls in Baños. This program will also awaken your sense of adventure as we whitewater raft and snorkel past stingrays, sea lions, sea stars, and more in crystal blue waters!

About This Program

  • What It’s Like

    The perfect balance of meaningful service projects, cultural immersion and unforgettable adventures.

  • Cultural Sensitivity

    This program requires an open mind to experience a different culture, new foods and new surroundings.

  • 35 Service Hours

    A letter of completion detailing the program's service hours and projects will be issued after the program.

  • Recognition

    Your service hours are eligible toward the President's Volunteer Service Award.

  • Service Projects

    Everybody participates together in each project. Specific projects are confirmed in late spring and are similar to those described.

  • Local Guide

    A professional guide accompanies the group to assist, educate and immerse the students into the local culture.

  • Accommodations

    Basic hotels & lodges.

  • Meals

    Includes breakfast, lunch and dinner daily.

  • Activities

    Includes all recreation & activities listed.

  • Transportation

    Air-conditioned, professionally-driven vehicles (from deluxe motor coaches to passenger vans).

  • Group Size

    Up to 21 participants.

  • Flights

    On this program, all airfare is arranged by Westcoast Connection.

  • Dietary Options

    We can accommodate most dietary preferences and allergies.

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Ecuador & the Galapagos Service & Adventure - 21 days

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