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Review for Galapagos Ice Organization Immerse Connect Evolve, Forest Park, IL, USA

Rating: 4 stars  

About two years ago I went travelling in South America. I had always wanted to go to the Galapagos Islands as well as volunteer with a help organisation which was why Galapagosice was exactly what I was looking for. Unlike many other organisations you only have to pay for accommodation and food. I stayed with an Ecuadorian family and was very happy there, not only because they were lovely and fed me well, but also because I improved my Spanish a lot. Emily who runs Galapagosice was great, really helpful and keen to make sure that you get out what you want from the volunteering experience. The fact that it is such a small organisation run essentially by Emily and her brother means it is very personal. Definitely one of the best things I've done where I not only improved Spanish and got a taste for non profit work but also made close friends I am still in touch with.

I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

I feel that what our contribution as volunteers as long as that of other volunteers is clear to see in all of Emilys newsletters that she still sends out. Its nice to see proper results.

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

When I volunteered it Emily was the organisation more or less. Think perhaps the organisation could be more efficient if there were one or two more people full time to help divide responsibility.

Role:  Volunteer & I did two things. First of all I helped set up a library with a fellow volunteer. Secondly I helped put together a proposal for the community Bellavista focusing on how they were to increase tourism and thereby become more sustainable and less dependent o.