Since 1971 the Charles Darwin Foundation has maintained a Volunteer and Scholarship Program. Their main objective is to support local and national education and to provide opportunities for students and professionals to collaborate through research and conservation in the exceptional environment that is the Galapagos.
The principal goals of the program are:
- to generate educational opportunities;
- to remove economic barriers that may block access to a better science education;
- to mentor students in biology, conservation, and environmental education.
Whether it’s monitoring the reproductive behavior of the Philornis fly, creating puppets for environmental education events or writing grants to secure funds for scientific research, volunteers and scholarship students are critical to operations at CDF. The majority of placements are based at the Charles Darwin Research Station in Puerto Ayora, Santa Cruz island.