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Charles Darwin, Galapagos

Charles Darwin Foundation

Volunteer with the Charles Darwin Foundation

Since 1971 the Charles Darwin Foundation has maintained a Volunteer and Scholarship Program. Our 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:

  1. to generate educational opportunities;
  2. to remove economic barriers that may block access to a better science education;
  3. 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.
Volunteers may be local, national or international; students or professionals.
The majority are based at the Charles Darwin Research Station in Puerto Ayora, Santa Cruz island.

Local Volunteers

Objective:
To train local students and future science professionals, including college graduates who are permanent residents in Galapagos.

How do I qualify?
Preferably college graduates and university students in a field related to the project that they would like to contribute to. This includes college students who need to comply with work experience requirements. College students who are below the legal age will need signed authorization from their parents or legal tutor and will not participate in field trips.

Scholarship Jennifer Suarez.JPGTime frame:
In accordance to the duration of the project; up to a maximum of one year.

Expenses:
Local volunteers may benefit from the following:

  • Economic support to cover living expenses (food, travel etc) in accordance to CDF policies
  • Life and Medical insurance
  • CDF will cover the costs of scholarship thesis students’ travel to and from Galapagos
  • If local volunteers need to travel to a different island, CDF will cover all travel costs relating to CDF activities.


National Volunteers

How do I qualify?
Volunteers are students or professionals actively pursuing careers in environmental sciences and conservation and fit within CDF's projects and organizational needs. Other areas, such as administration or planning may also be eligible.
Students must have completed 2 or more years of undergraduate work.

Timeframe
Volunteer assignments are generally for 6 months or more. Specific openings may be available for shorter periods of 3 months.

Expenses
Generally, CDF will cover the costs of national volunteer travel to and from Galapagos, food, lodging as well as a contribution towards living expenses, and life and health insurance. However, if the CDF doesn't have funding to support volunteers, they would have to cover their own expenses.




February, Nat Geo Mag:

by Snakebyte_XX


Darwin's First Clues
He was inspired by fossils of armadillos and sloths.
By David Quammen
Photograph by Luciano Candisani, MInden Pictures
The journey of young Charles Darwin aboard His Majesty's Ship Beagle, during the years 1831-36, is one of the best known and most neatly mythologized episodes in the history of science. As the legend goes, Darwin sailed as ship's naturalist on the Beagle, visited the Galápagos archipelago in the eastern Pacific Ocean, and there beheld giant tortoises and finches

Finches on Galapagos Islands evolving

by ShaGua

WASHINGTON - Finches on the
Galapagos Islands that inspired Charles Darwin to develop the concept of evolution are now helping confirm it — by evolving.
A medium sized species of Darwin's finch has evolved a smaller beak to take advantage of different seeds just two decades after the arrival of a larger rival for its original food source.
The altered beak size shows that species competing for food can undergo evolutionary change, said Peter Grant of Princeton University, lead author of the report appearing in Friday's issue of the journal Science.

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