Teach English in Galapagos

In Santa Cruz, Volunteers will be staying in Puerto Ayora, Santa Cruz Galápagos Island. Volunteer work will involve teaching English to students and the local community who work in the tourist industry. Volunteers will be helping to contribute to empowering the locals who want to use English as a communication tool with foreigners.

Teach English in Galapagos

USD 250 per person

Teach English in Galapagos

Santa Cruz Island, located in the Galápagos archipelago, is a captivating destination known for its stunning landscapes and unique biodiversity. Here’s a description of Santa Cruz Island and how volunteers participating in Ecuador Eco Volunteer’s English teaching program can live and explore the island in their free time:

Santa Cruz Island and Puerto Ayora:

Santa Cruz is the second-largest island in the Galápagos and is a central hub for travelers and scientists alike. The island offers a diverse range of environments, from lush highlands with mist-covered forests and volcanic craters to pristine beaches and rocky shores. The island is home to the Charles Darwin Research Station, a key institution for the conservation and scientific research of the Galápagos ecosystem.

Living and Exploring on Santa Cruz Island:

  1. Accommodation: Volunteers are often accommodated in shared housing or dormitories. These accommodations are typically comfortable, providing a cozy living space amidst the natural beauty of the island.
  2. Exploration: During their free time, volunteers can explore the unique environments of Santa Cruz Island. They can visit the iconic Giant Tortoise Reserve in the highlands, where they can observe these magnificent creatures in their natural habitat. The island also offers opportunities for snorkeling, diving, and beachcombing. Volunteers can witness diverse marine life and relax on pristine beaches.
  3. Cultural Immersion: Volunteers have the chance to engage with the local community, gaining insights into the traditional Galápagos way of life. They can interact with locals, learn about their customs, and enjoy the unique Galápagos cuisine.

Importance of Volunteering in Galápagos through English Teaching:

  1. Educational Empowerment: Teaching English to the local children and youth of Santa Cruz empowers them with a valuable skill that opens up opportunities for higher education and employment. English proficiency enhances their chances of participating in the growing tourism industry, which is a significant part of the Galápagos economy.
  2. Cultural Exchange: Volunteers facilitate cultural exchange by bringing their own perspectives and experiences to the classroom. This exchange of ideas and cultures enriches the lives of both the volunteers and the local community, fostering mutual understanding and respect.
  3. Conservation Through Education: Education is key to conservation. By teaching English, volunteers can also impart knowledge about environmental conservation and sustainable practices. In a place as ecologically sensitive as the Galápagos, understanding the importance of preserving the environment is vital for the future of the islands.
  4. Community Development: English proficiency enhances the communication skills of the local population. This is crucial for community development, as it allows residents to engage effectively with the outside world, whether for business, education, or environmental initiatives.
  5. Sustainable Tourism: English-speaking locals can actively engage with tourists, providing better services and enriching the experience of visitors. By teaching English, volunteers contribute to the sustainable development of tourism in the Galápagos, ensuring that it benefits both the tourists and the local community while minimizing negative impacts on the environment.


Donations Accepted:

  • English books: there are only a few books in the schools, our aim is to create a library so students can borrow them and improve their English
  • colored pencils
  • paper
  • books
  • maps
  • Anything of educational purpose

Ask us about specialdeals for volunteers on Climbing Cotopaxi and Climbing Chimborazo.  All of our volunteers are also eligible to discounts in our Yasuni Amazon Tours.

Volunteer Tasks

Teach English in Galapagos – All volunteer activities can be organized and planned before the volunteer arrives. It is important to communicate with the volunteer coordinator and director Kayla in case any ceretain type of materials need to be prepared in advance to carry out volunteer activities.

  • Teaching Assitant with local English teacher who teach to locals and students
  • If TEFL certified, will have the opportunity to teach their own class (otherwise will volunteers will be teaching assistants)
  • Teachers and assistants will be helping with conversation, grammar, listening skills with students.
  • Teachers and assistants will help with creating fun and interactive lesson plans for their classes.

All of our volunteers are also eligible to discounts in our Ecuador Adventure Tours – ask our manager about special deals you can have while you volunteer.

Volunteer Expectations

  • Is passionate about teaching and being creative
  • Has a positive and open mind
  • Able to be self sufficient and open to communicate
  • Able to cook their own food  (volunteers must bring their own food)


  • Volunteers arrival on Sunday at the airport Baltra on the island of Santa Cruz.
  • Galapagos director Jonathan will meet volunteers at their accomodation site and give a brief orientation of the Galapagos
  • Work Monday to Friday (weekends are free to travel)


  • Shared volunteer dorm
  • Transportation from Puerto Ayora dock to accomodation site
  • Kitchen (Only lunch is provided from Monday-Friday)
Volunteer Contribution

The volunteer contribution helps hosting the volunteer in the community and goes directly towards materials needed for project activities.

  • $550 USD per month
  • $450 USD for three weeks
  • $350 USD for two weeks
  • $250 USD one week
Volunteer placement deposit

A $100 deposit will be made to EEV in advance so we can confirm your volunteer placement.


  • 24/7 emergency contact and support from EEV staff, administration costs, communication costs with volunteers and travel costs for program inspection
  • Airport pickup and first nights accommodation in Quito
  • Orientation in Quito
  •  Work Reference / Volunteer Certificate

Price Does Not Include

  • Meals, however food is relatively cheap to buy in the local market in Puerto Ayora
  • Galapagos Park Entrance fee ($100 paid at the airport)
  • Flight to the Galapagos


For any questions or interest in volunteerig, please fill out the contact form with your information!

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