Galapagos Field Trip
Students (open to students of grades 8 to 12) will examine why these islands are so special – a living example of Evolution in Progress from which Darwin came up with his theory of Natural Selection. Why these islands have the perfect set of conditions to allow Evolution to happen so rapidly creating many Endemic Species (those seen nowhere else on Earth). What it takes to conserve such a delicate landscape and the role and affect of humans therein. History, Geology, Ecology, Evolution, and the Economics and impact of Eco Tourism will also be a large part of the learning on this trip this trip.
We will be working with IOI (Intercultural Outreach Initiative) in America and their counterparts in the Galapagos. Students will be expected to stay with local families on the island of Isabella and work with the science Eco-conservation program every day.
This will give the children great exposure to a different culture through the local people, communicating in Spanish, eating the local cuisine and traveling independently.
Team Lead :
This expedition will be led by Dr. Shonali Chinniah.
She received her doctorate degree in Marine Ecology from Cornell University in 1997, and has and has explored the depths of the ocean off George’s Bank in the Atlantic in a “deep sea submersible" as part of her Ph.d research. She has a wide and varied range of teaching experience, from conducting educational tours at the New Jersey Aquarium, to teaching Undergraduate courses in American Universities and Science ICSE Syllabus for Pre University classes in India. For the past ten years she has been involved in creating and teaching practical science modules for children and has been conducting science workshops in and around Bangalore through her company CURIOUSCITY (www.curiouscity.org). There will also be experts in the field from the Galapagos islands who know the local flora and fauna who will be with us during our field trips. For every 10 students we would have one adult escort.
This cost of this 10 day trip – is just $2500 plus Airfare (approximately $1500) and cost of visas to Equador and student travel insurance (or the Indian rupee equivalent at the time of booking). The total cost should not exceed Rs. 3,00,000/- (All inclusive)
This all inclusive trip covers food and board, our educators, the science program, park fees, travel between the islands, boat fees, and snorkeling.
Each day will include a morning field trip with snorkeling, kayaking, hiking or cycling and an afternoon class.
Description of one of the day excursions
DAY 7 – Morning – Bartalome Volcano
Leaving from Santa Cruz, you will travel to the east side of Santiago Island to one of the most visited and well known sites in the Galapagos, Bartolomé island. Bartolomé is home to a distinctive and recognizable site of the archipelago: Pinnacle Rock. Pinnacle Rock, a volcanic cone, was formed when magma was expelled from an underwater volcano. You will first walk along the lava fields on the island. After you will have the chance to snorkel along the beach in front of Pinnacle rock. There’s a good chance you will see sea turtles, penguins, sea lions and a variety of fish. After, you will hike to the top of an incredible view point where you will overlook the famous Pinnacle rock.
DAY 1 and 2 –
Travel from India to Ecuador / pick up – overnight in Quito
DAY 4 –
- Morning - Fly to Galapagos, boat to Isabella Island /
- Afternoon – Orientation of living arrangements / Visit the Giant Tortoise Breeding Center.
DAY 5 –
- Morning -Orientation – Introduction to the history of the Galapagos
- Exercises on Estimating Wildlife Populations.
– discussion on projects and breakup into Groups
- Afternoon – Cycling Excursion - Isabella Island- Wall of Tears
DAY 6 –
- Morning - Santa Cruz – North Seymour Island – Explore bird life and Snorkling
- Afternoon – Indroduction to the Principles of Conservation
- Continue project work
DAY 7 –
- Morning - Isabella island - Tintoreas – Kayak through the mangrove lined lava rocks and past the old fishing boats.
- Afternoon – Introduction to the Ecology and Evolution of the islands
- Continue with project work
DAY 8 –
- Morning - Bartalome Island Volcano and snorkeling
- Afternoon – Discussion on Darwin and his theory of Evolution
- Continue project work
DAY 9 –
- Morning – Isabella Islands – Cueva De Sucre - Exploring the tunnels
– exploring farm lands and their impact on the islands.
- Afternoon – Exploring conservation in other parts of the world Continue with project work
DAY /10/11 –
- Morning – Session wrap up Discussion
- Afternoon – Fly to Quito
Fly from Quito to India