From the colonial streets of Quito to the incredible biodiversity of the Galápagos Islands, this program is the perfect combination of Ecuadorian culture, tradition, and community service. You begin by exploring the streets of Ecuador’s bustling capital, and then transition to some off the beaten path locations to work on a service project. Work alongside the community and make an impact through sustainability and infrastructure-related projects. Spend the second part of your program exploring the world-famous Galápagos archipelago. Spanning 19 islands and housing iguanas, penguins, and sea lions, this UNESCO World Heritage site is an incredible once-in-a-lifetime experience.
- Explore the Galápagos, and spot its famous wildlife
- Participate in service with local communities
- Earn 20 community service hours
2022 Departure Dates
|June 21 – July 5, 2022||Limited||Start Here|
|July 5 – July 19, 2022||Limited||Start Here|
Packing the right gear (and the right amounts) is the first step to an incredible travel experience. Follow these tips to pack like a pro:
Travel light. Pack only the essentials. You’ll need less than you think!
Bring the right clothes. Pack clothes that are culturally appropriate for your destination and acceptable for service projects. This means bringing long shorts (think Bermuda and basketball shorts), t-shirts with sleeves to cover shoulders, and appropriate footwear.
Leave your valuables behind. While traveling, it’s easier for things to get lost, stolen, or damaged. Keep any prized possessions safe at home.
Check with TSA. Make sure your luggage complies with TSA regulations, especially your carry-on. Useful tip: Pack an empty water bottle and fill it up after security.
Extra paperwork? If you need additional forms filled out to get credit for your service hours, no problem! Bring these forms with you so they can be completed in-country.
A school backpack is ideal as it will be used for day trips.
A 50-70 Liter duffel bag or backpack is ideal.
- Socks (14)
- Underwear (14)
- Thermal base layer (1 set)
- Pants/capris/leggings (2)
- Athletic shorts (1-2, one pair of service shorts)
- Jeans (1)
- T-shirt (3-5)
- Long-sleeved shirt (5-7) – for sun protection, so lightweight is key
- Soft shell jacket
- Micro puff jacket (evenings can be very cool at these altitudes)
- Strappy sandals (like Tevas or Chacos)
- Hiking boots
- Hat – ideally with sun protection for the neck
- Quick dry towel
(travel sized in ziplock bags)
- Shampoo (biodegradable, like this)
- Body wash (biodegradable, like this)
- Face wash
- Oxybenzone-free sunscreen (reef-safe, like this)
- Bug spray
- Feminine hygiene products
- Contact solution
- Foam earplugs
- Personal med kit
- Wet Wipes
- Razor/shaving cream
- Sleeping bag (15 degree)
- *Community Service Appropriate Attire includes T-shirts and tank tops with no visible undergarments and shorts with a 3” or more inseam.
- Don’t forget the Big Five: Water Bottle, Sunscreen, Bug spray, Rain jacket, Closed-toe shoes.
- Students must bring additional hand sanitizer and one disposable mask per day of the program, or three hand-washable masks.
- Students will need to use a face shield in many indoor locations, including airports.