Helping the local community benefit from tourism in Galapagos
As one of the most well-established tour companies based in San Cristobal, Ecoventura has helped to support various initiatives that benefit the local population living in the town of Puerto Baquerizo Moreno, San Cristobal. With a population of 5600, San Cristobal has the second largest population in the Islands after Santa Cruz. It is the fifth largest island and the only Island with fresh water and an airport in town.
All Ecoventura guides are Ecuadorian nationals; 65% are Galapagos residents and 25% are native Galapaguenos. Out of 61 crew total members, including guides and Captains, 37% reside permanently in the Galapagos Islands and of those 15% are native Galapaguenos – most living on Cristobal Island. The rest live in different cities in mainland Ecuador. In fact, Ecoventura has one of the highest percentages among the industry of employing local guides and crew. Ecoventura maintains a supply office, warehouse and manager on the Island of San Cristobal and hire only locals to handle our Galapagos-based operation.
Through the foundation “Gotitas de Esperanza” (Drops of Hope), for over a decade Ecoventura sponsored the salaries for teachers and Physical Therapists working at a local school, Alejandro Alvear. During the day, the school provides therapy for children with physical disabilities. In the evening, the school serves the adult population Island through programs such as teaching sign language for the hearing impaired.
Ecoventura has teamed up with Pack for a Purpose, a non-profit organization, founded by Rebecca Rothney who was awarded by National Geographic Traveler as Traveler of the year in 2014 for her motivation to inform and inspire. By asking our travelers to pack 5 lbs (2.27 kgs) of supplies to donate to communities that need it, by providing lists of requested items. Ecoventura delivers the supplies directly to foundation, which makes it possible for any traveler to contribute and requires no logistical support. That amount would take only a small space, require little effort and still make a big impact.
Now Ecoventura passengers can make a difference in the lives of the children who live in Galapagos by bringing needed items with them on your cruise. Simply give the supplies to the Captain of your yacht and we will deliver them to the students at the Alejandro Alvear School and also the New Era Galapagos Foundation that supports art program, Eco Scouts and English activities.
Click on the Pack for a Purpose logo below to find the supply list and instructions: