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The Professionals in Residence volunteer program seeks the exchange of knowledge between established professionals and the Galapagos community, especially with women and youngsters.

Volunteers will transmit their know-how to apprentices, professionals and students in an organic way, through practical activities and training. During the program, they will take part in the daily activities of one of the Foundation's departments and assume planning, leadership and training roles, always in daily and direct contact with our staff and our community.

For the candidates, it represents a parenthesis in which to share and develop their human capacities, an opportunity to practice skills related to empathy, teaching and problem solving.


The volunteer must:

  • Be over 18 years of age at the time of starting the program

  • Have at least 4 justifiable years of experience in her/his profession

Values we seek:

  • Motivation and ability to motivate others

  • Skill and passion for teaching

  • Curiosity and openness to work with people from different cultures



We are looking for professionals with the following profiles:

* If your profile is not on the list, do not hesitate to contact us anyway and tell us what you do in the application form .

Front of house professionals and sommeliers

  • Maître / front of house staff

  • Sommelier

  • Event manager


  • Bartender

  • Research bartender

Kitchen or food technology professionals

  • Chef

  • Research chef

  • Executive chef

  • Food Technologist

Hotel and hospitality professionals

  • Customer service / host

  • Concierge

Management professionals

  • Restaurant management

  • Management of hotels or tourist accommodation

  • Tourism business management

  • Accounting and Finance

Tourism professionals

  • Tourist agents

Teaching professionals

  • Teachers of any discipline or educational level

Marketing and advertising professionals

  • Sales professional

  • Poblicists

Professionals in ecology and ecosystem management

  • Biologists

  • Botanists

  • Ecologists

Professionals in agriculture

  • Permaculture

  • Farming

Various craftsmen

  • Artisanal foods (jams, preserves ...)

  • Carpentry

  • Soaps and cosmetics

Spa and beauty treatments

  • Aromatherapy

  • Natural treatments


  • Ayurveda

  • Yoga

Duration of

the residence:

From 1 to 3 months

Costs and conditions:

Galapagos Foundation does not charge any fee for the completion of the program. However, there are costs that the applicant must take into account. Below we break down the conditions and expenses that you may incur:


The program includes:

  • Management and assistance: Galapagos Foundation will assist the volunteer during the planning of her/his trip and upon her/his arrival and departure, providing information on issues such as taxes or arrival airports.

  • Accommodation and meals: Galapagos Foundation will provide, free of charge, the following services:

    • A room of your own in shared accommodation, with a shared kitchen.

    • Breakfasts and lunches 7 days a week.

    • Laundry service.

Check here for general information about Puerto Baquerizo and the accommodation


Travel costs:

It is responsibility of the applicant to be aware and pay for other expenses and fees in which she or he may incur in her/his trip. Below we mention the most common.

  • Travel expenses: the travel destination is the San Cristóbal airport (IATA code: SCY , ICAO code: SEST ), located in the town of Puerto Baquerizo Moreno, on San Cristóbal island, within the Galapagos archipelago, in Ecuador .

General information about the itinerary and flights here

  • National Park Fees: to enter Galapagos, it is necessary to pay the entrance fees to the National Park charged by the Galapagos Government Council. We will provide information and assist volunteers in the management of these payments.

    • Transit control card: USD 20. It is paid at the airports of Quito or Guayaquil.

    • Park entrance fee: 100 USD. It is paid at the San Cristóbal airport.

More information about park access fees here

  • Immigration procedures: Because the program period is less than 3 months, it is generally not necessary to obtain an Ecuadorian visa. However, we strongly recommend that the volunteer consult the specific conditions for entry from their country of origin, since a visa is necessary for citizens of some countries. We inform that your passport must have a minimum validity of 6 months from the date of entry to Ecuador.

More immigration information about Ecuador here

  • Health insurance: One of the requirements for entering Ecuador is to have health insurance that covers the entire period of the stay. Various international insurances are valid.

  • Other expenses: Volunteers in the Galapagos Islands generally find that 50 USD (€ 36) per week is enough for other basic expenses.

Start date:

The program opens on January 1, 2021

The applicant can choose a day to start the program from the opening date, as indicated on the registration form.

Call for applicants:

Open. Apply now through our registration form.


Professionals in Residence Program

Share your knowledge to inspire and strengthen a more sustainable and resilient community.

At Galapagos Foundation we seek to create a sustainable and resilient community in the Galapagos Islands through ecological ethics and food sovereignty. To achieve this, we believe it is essential to narrow the knowledge gap between communities in the global North and South. That's the aim of the Professionals in Residence volunteer program.

Professionals that have visited us

At Galapagos Foundation we have had the privilege of receiving top-level professionals from various disciplines. Meet some of them:

Silma Ayres: R&D on Cassava and its by-products

Silma Ayres, a research chef passionate about agriculture, developed a comprehensive project on the cultivation and uses of cassava adapted to the conditions of the Galapagos, obtaining several products with high gastronomic and nutritional value for our community.

The project was developed between Munay Farm, our permaculture farm, and the kitchens of Muyu, our sustainable restaurant pilot project.

Don Luis, our farmer, has been one of the beneficiaries of the knowledge generated with this project.

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Joan Carbó: Signature cocktails


Mario Idrovo: Barista training and coffee tasting

Mario Idrovo, from Guayaquil, is an Ecuadorian barista champion, speciallised in working with micro-lots of coffee. He shared with our Muyu Bar baristas the keys to making and appreciating a good coffee: from nailing the process to appreciating the notes of the different varieties.


Leire Lacasia and Jordi Bros: Cutting techniques in the kitchen

Leire and Jordi trained the chefs at Muyu, our pilot project for a sustainable restaurant, in the different knife cutting techniques. A theoretical and practical training that covered from traditional to decorative cuts, and went deep into strategies to get the most out of different ingredients, promoting a 0 waste philosophy.


Application form for Professionals in Residence

Tell us a little about yourself and your expectations, we will contact you to answer your questions and complete the registration.

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