Expedition and Service from the Galapagos to the Andes


Expedition and Service from the Galapagos to the Andes


Grade: 11th            

Travel Dates: June 19 through June 29

* All tour dates are tentative until flights are booked in spring 2017

**Important Note: Travelers on this trip must provide passport information 40 days before departure for DCPS Study Abroad to confirm certain tour activities

On this trip, students will travel to the top of the Andes Mountains where indigenous customs and local culture came to life. While students connect with Andean communities, they gain insight into the challenges face including poverty, access to education and gender inequality. Together with Free The Children, students work side-by-side implementing sustainable solutions to these challenges. Then, the group embarks on a tropical adventure to the Galapagos Islands where nature, wildlife and Darwin’s theories come into focus as they explore the land.


Your Service Project Themes
You will work with the award-winning charity Free The Children to better understand the needs of each community and then focus projects on those issues. Themes include education, health, clean water/sanitation, alternative income/livelihood, and agriculture/food security. 

DAY 1: ARRIVE IN QUITO: Meet your Field Director at the airport. 

Visit Yunguilla, a sustainable community devoted to raising organic agriculture and livestock. With your guide, you’ll: 

·         Learn how to make jam

·         Visit a local cheese factory

·         Explore reforestation areas now protected by the community

·         Then, tour the Intiñan Solar Museum and witness the natural forces at work near the equator

Travel to the village where you’ll complete your service project. After a visit with local students, learn about Free The Children’s unique Adopt a Village model.

As communities evolve so do their needs. Free The Children works to understand each community’s challenges and help plan service projects. Since projects are determined closer to your actual tour date, here’s a glimpse at what a typical day might look like: 

·         You’ll begin your service days in a nearby village, focusing on education, clean water and agriculture.

·         Afternoons are spent immersed in cultural activities.

·         Evenings are a chance to reflect, discuss events as a group, and draw connections between the day’s work and relevant global issues.

DAY 6: TRANSFER TO GUAYAQUIL: Transfer to Guayaquil and spend the night.


·         Fly to Baltra and continue to Santa Cruz island, the second largest of the Galápagos Islands.

·         At the Charles Darwin Research Station, see the breeding center for the giant tortoises from which the islands took their name.

·         Enjoy daily boat excursions to other Galápagos Islands and experience the nature and wildlife.

DAY 10: BALTRA / QUITO Transfer by bus to Baltra and visit the Twin Craters for island views before flying back to Quito.

*Some flights will depart late in the evening which will result in the group arriving back in the US on the following day.

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