All students have arrived safely, stay tuned for blog updates and photos!
We had a great day at Mitad del Mundo, The Center of the World. Lots of great group time! We’re having a blast.
The group has arrived on Isabela island in the Galapagos. After a long day of travel an impromptu card game arose before dinner.
First day of service is tomorrow!
First day of work at Campo Duro on Isabela:
We started our work to clean up the coral where the tortoises live at this center. The tortoises are part of the National Park but live here as a sanctuary and to help out the National Park in their work to take care of the animals and we help by cleaning so that they will have only plants that they can eat and in this way get a more natural environment and less contact with people at a close range as they do not need anybody to enter and feed them.
Today was better than any of us could have ever imagined. Between working with tortoises and seeing blue footed boobies and pelicans along the Wall of Tears trail. Everyone took away a lifelong memory.
We’re all super excited to work again tomorrow and can’t wait to get out on kayaks and into the water snorkeling.
The group had a busy day mixed with service for the tortoises, kayaking, snorkeling, a lot of games and great food. Being inches away from seal ions, blue footed boobies and penguins will definitely be unforgettable.
Today was our first day at the work site at San Cristóbal Island. We carried plants up the mountain and used machetes to get rid of invasive plants hurting the habitat. After work we got to snorkel with sea lions and play charades.
Mixing up the schedule today made for a very interesting one. We started the day off with some of the best snorkeling of the whole trip, and finished the morning with a sand castle building competition. We finished off the evening by planting over 150 plants, a feat none of us thought possible. Overall it was a fantastic day, and we look forward to finishing our time in the archipelago tomorrow.
– Ross Thompson
Today was our last day of service in the Galapagos. We had a challenging and exciting final task of cutting down more invasive species. After a few hours of hard work (and a break of ninja every now and then) we took a trip to Puerto Chino. There we had a barbecue and swam and relaxed by the ocean. Definitely a wonderful way to spend the last day in these magnificent islands.
The last night in Ecuador was pretty low key but filled with love. We talked about their experiences here and the wonderful memories they are taking home.
The students are on their way home but with amazing experiences to talk about and new lifelong friends.