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Protect marine iguanas on the Galapagos Islands

Du möchtest eine besondere Reise erleben und dich dabei sozial engagieren?

Über das Projekt

Marine iguanas are unique and are only found on the Galapagos Islands. They feed mainly on seaweed and are therefore almost exclusively dependent on the marine environment. They are the only lizard in the world that can swim. Due to their diet the iguanas have to get rid of the sea salt they ingest by excreting it frequently through a gland in their nostrils. You could say that marine iguanas spit salt.

  • Help in an international team and support the protection of unique animals
  • Immerse yourself in local life and get to know the people, culture and language
  • Go on excursions on your days off and get to know the islands and their beauty
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From 850.00

Pay a deposit of 150.00


The iguanas have been severely affected by climate and pollution factors which have reduced their numbers by 85% in recent years. The “El Niño” phenomenon affects the iguanas. Every 7 years the winds weaken and bring warm water currents with them, which do not flow westwards but towards the Galapagos Islands. As a result the water loses quality and causes a vitamin deficiency in the algae eaten by the iguanas. It has also been shown that the currents bring waste from many countries in Latin America, Central America and Asia to the Galapagos Islands, damaging the iguanas’ natural ecosystem. The Galapagos marine iguanas are classified as an endangered species.

As a volunteer you will support the project in the following areas:

  • Identifying and marking nesting sites
  • Carrying out a counting of the iguana groups
  • Monitoring introduced animals such as rodents, cats or dogs
  • Conducting information workshops with local schools
  • Cleaning up natural habitats


  • participation to a non-profit project
  • transfer from San Cristóbal airport to the host family/volunteer accommodation
  • local accommodation in a host family or volunteer accommodation
  • arranging all paper work for volunteer work in Ecuador
  • a travel agency can support you with flight bookings
  • English and Spanish speaking support on site
  • permanently conctact via whatsapp or e-mail
  • information material for the project and Ecuador
  • certificate

Living arrangements

Accommodation: During your time in the marine lizard project in Ecuador you will live with a host family with full board or in a student room with self-catering.

Accommodation: Host family or volunteer accommodation
Meals: 3 typical meals per day

Typical day in a project

A typical day in the project starts around 7 am and ends around 4 pm and 5 pm. You have a 1-1/2 hour lunch break and support the project for a 5-day week.


Language course in Quito, Ecuador

Echte Geschichten, echte Erlebnisse

Wir sorgen dafür, dass wir unseren Reisenden die bestmögliche Unterstützung und einen guten Einblick in die neue Kultur bieten können. Projekte im Ausland bieten dir eine einmalige Gelegenheit, ein neues Land und deinen Traumjob kennenzulernen.

Ecuador - Country Information

EEcuador - the country in the northwest of South America offers a lot: from the Amazon jungle, volcanic landscapes, rainforest, palm-lined beaches to the breathtaking Galapagos Islands. A trip to the Galapagos Islands with their special animal species is guaranteed to leave lasting memories. If you're lucky, you'll see one of the famous giant tortoises on your trip.

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256.370 km²


17,8 million (2021)



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All programs can be booked with friends. If you would like to book a program as a group, we recommend that you enquire in advance. Each person must book the project individually.

Ideal for all programs are at least three months in advance. In principle it is also possible for us to place short-term applicants (volunteering and language study travel) in Ecuador.

Ecuador is a safe country and the people are very friendly and warmhearted. In big cities, as in every big city in the world, there is petty crime. When travelling, the following things should be taken into account: always keep an eye on valuables, always keep your hand luggage on your lap in buses, and at night you should not travel by bus or withdraw money from ATMs. Up-to-date information on the situation can be found at the Embassy or Foreign Office.

Please note that in Ecuador all electronic devices can only be used with an adapter. They are available in many electronics stores.

In principle, no language course is mandatory in advance. However, depending on the volunteering program, certain levels of the language of your destination country may be required to complete the project. We would be happy to advise you individually on your chosen project.

Depending on the program, we work with host families in the vicinity or there are volunteer houses at the project site.

For all programs you have to be covered by foreign health insurance. We will be happy to help you find a suitable insurance policy.

During the language school and in the volunteering projects, you will always have a direct contact person to help you with any problems. Of course you can also always contact us.

Application process for a volunteering program

Apply for a project on our website.

Make your deposit to secure a place for your project - you are welcome to contact us in advance to make sure there is still a place available for this period.

You will receive a separate booking confirmation from us by e-mail with further information.

For some programs we still need your resume.

You will receive an information package with the confirmation e-mail and have a fixed contact person for questions.

We plan your journey and help you with your travel arrangements.

Let´s start - be ready! we will contact you again and you will receive final information about 3 weeks before the start.


Before you set off for Ecuador, you should always take out travel health insurance, accident insurance, emergency insurance, liability insurance and, if possible, luggage insurance.

over 3 months

International health insurance for long-term trips

When you book a trip, you can conveniently book your international insurance with our insurance partner here. The international health insurance for long-term trips is particularly popular with our interns. This is particularly interesting for stays of more than 3 months. For all information, individual calculation and quick and easy booking, please click on the button on the right. Recommendation: Book comfort cover at a reasonable price and enjoy even more security*.

less than 3 months

All-round carefree protection

For travelers going abroad for a shorter period, less than 90 days, our partner offers a very good all-round carefree protection. For all information, individual calculation and easy booking, click on the button on the right.

*All insurance information and liability can be found on the website of our insurance partner. Please note that Jamso Trainee cannot accept any liability for the completeness and accuracy of linked pages. This is the responsibility of the respective insurance provider.

Are you ready to start your adventure abroad?

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