Tuesday July 17, 2018
All students are here and ready for a great time! They’re so excited to snorkel that they’re already wearing their life jackets!
Thursday July 19, 2018
Today we started out our morning by going to volunteer at the tortoise sanctuary by restoring their habitat. During this time we removed stumps and boulders from the ground, and afterward we drank fresh squeezed orange juice from trees on the property. We then played a game of soccer as a group. In the afternoon we headed to the beach where we snorkeled in the lagoon and kayaked out to open water. We saw many animals such as sea turtles, stingrays, penguins, and sea lions. I like the animals. We then went back to the hostel for dinner. Finally, we prepared for the next day and then walked down to the beach!
-Julian and Audrey
Friday July 20, 2018
Our 5th day was filled with adventure and excitement! We started our day off right with some tasty Ecuadorian pancakes, which fueled our morning at the local school. There, we sanded and painted the walls (blue) and shares games and giggles with the students. This was all followed by a really long and really gorgeous hike. We walked along the shore until we came across cactus covered trails that led to mangrove lagoons where we all almost sank into the sand and lava tunnels of molten rock. After the tiring and rewarding day we settled down for DELICIOUS icecream before dinner (dessert deserves to be first sometimes).
-Ava and Matt
Today we woke up early and had a breakfast of fresh fruit, eggs, and juice before heading out to our final day of service. We took a bus to one of the greenhouses in Galapagos National Park where we learned about Scalecia trees (the trees we’ve been planting here in Galapagos). In the greenhouse we split into groups and some of us helped to clean the soil around the baby trees, some of us filled new trays to in which to plant seeds, and others helped arrange the trays we filled in other parts of the greenhouse. For lunch we took the bus to El Chato 2 to drink organic Galata coffee and eat a big lunch at a long table together as a group. Then we walked with our guides around El Chato 2 through two lava tunnels and to a big mud pit where many tortoises were relaxing. After the hike we jumped on the bus and drove to los Gimelos (the twins). We hiked with our guides around the two huge sinkholes and screamed over the edge so we could hear the echos! After the hike we headed back to our hostel for a quick break before walking through town to find icecream and buy some snacks for our boat ride tomorrow. Finally, we had a big spaghetti dinner and reflected on the day before heading to bed. It was a good day.