Paragon Galapagos

Puerto Ayora, Ecuador, South America
Paragon Galápagos is a non-profit foundation dedicated to providing high-quality experiential educational and cross-cultural opportunities to our local Galapagueño community.

Volunteering Activities

Social Work

What We Need

We are looking for individuals who are interested in teaching ESL or those that already are and want to improve their skills and abilities. At Paragon Galapagos, volunteers participate in every phase of the teaching process, from planning to instruction to assessment and so much more. The teaching staff and volunteers have a daily planning meeting with direct support from the head teacher and director of Paragon Galapagos.

Additionally, Paragon Galapagos volunteers act as cultural ambassadors. They lead our weekly English and Coffee conversation time, as well as spend time in the garden getting to know the students.

Volunteers will work approximately 4 hours a day, 2 teaching and 2 as a cultural ambassador.

When & Who

We need volunteers to start at the beginning of a month, so volunteers usually arrive 2 or 3 days before the start of a new month from the end of April to the end of December.
Yes, we require a minimum of 1 Month
Maximum stays for short term volunteers is 87 days. For volunteers with experience teaching, it is possible to obtain a visa and volunteer for up to 9 months maximum.
Individuals, Groups

What we Provide

Types: Homestay

Each home - stay is a private room in a local family's house. Usually, bathrooms are shared. Internet is available at Paragon Galapagos but not guaranteed at the home - stay. Volunteers can provide preferences for food and animals.

Types: Variety, Vegetarian, Accommodate Dietary Restrictions

Home-stays will accommodate volunteers with typical Ecuadorian cuisine which includes a full breakfast and lunch with a smaller dish for dinner. If volunteers have dietary needs, they can be accommodated for.

Wifi & Satellite
Hot Water
Welcome Kit

Our Fees

$26 daily
$250 One-time

Covers costs related to volunteer arrival as well as 24/7 support from Paragon Galapagos from the first to the last day of your volunteer program.

3 Reviews

More Services we Offer

May have additional fees
Pretrip Assistance
Pick Up/Drop Off
Social Activities

Pre-trip assistance begins with an applicants submission. Our outreach coordinator will assist each volunteer throughout the arrival process.

Pick up from the airport in the Galapagos is included, pick up from the airport in Quito can be arranged for a small fee.

Orientation is included in the program fee. Information on tours is available from our Outreach Coordinator who will gladly help volunteers arrange their tours.

Social activities include weekly outings to Santa Cruz places of interest, international food nights, karaoke, etc all included in the program fee.

Contact Person

Indira Espin
Calle Lobo Marino e Isabela, Puerto Ayora, Ecuador.

Other Ways to support us

Children's books, young learner books, young adult novels, children's biographies, creative materials

Additional Info about Us

Up to 5 people

John, our Director, runs the school manages its academic portfolio, which includes teacher-training, curriculum and assessment, coordination.
Indira is our Outreach Director and is tasked with assisting our volunteers with everything they need.
Alejandra is our administrator. She handles payments and on-the-ground logistical needs of the foundation.
Teo is our head teacher. He runs weekly teacher development and planning meetings.


Entry and exit from the Galapagos Islands is highly restricted. For this reason, our volunteer programs are limited to 87 days. However, if you have experience teaching ESL and would like to volunteer with Paragon Galapagos for an entire school year, Paragon Galapagos will pay for a 9-month visa.

Our needs revolve around the academic year, which runs from May - January.

We are an English language school focused on experiential, holistic education. Our school also doubles as a community center where locals can partake in various communal activities.