High School Program
Discover the unparalleled biodiversity of the Galápagos Islands after a glimpse into Quito’s rich colonial history. Dive deep into sustainability, conservation, and local interactions, from encountering ancient tortoises to championing marine preservation efforts.
The Galápagos Islands face many environmental threats including ecosystem degradation due to climate change, deforestation, pollution, overfishing, or the introduction of invasive species. There are several local organizations working to protect the vulnerable ecosystems found on Galápagos by conserving species, restoring habitats, and driving sustainable solutions. This program delves into the successes and challenges of environmental conservation in the Galápagos and offers opportunities to contribute to breeding programs, the eradication of human-introduced species, data collection, and cleaning up the ocean.
The Galápagos Islands make up one of the most bio-diverse regions in the world. This program begins with a flight to Ecuador’s capital, Quito and offers optional activities on the mainland such as a colonial history tour of the Old Town before continuing onto the Galápagos. This small island chain is the perfect place from which to delve into sustainability, climate, conservation, and culture. Whether it’s coming up close and personal with a 200-year-old tortoise, contributing to marine life preservation efforts, or engaging with local changemakers, this experience will be unforgettable.
At Insight, our program itineraries are as unique as your students. All our program itineraries are customized with teacher chaperones to ensure that it meets the needs of your students.
With the support of a variety of local vendors and NGO’s, we promise that your students will get an authentic, local experience.
All our trips include:
Want to take your students outside the classroom? Review our program locations and suggested themes.
Connect with one of our High School Educators who will help custom design your program.
With our assistance, submit required paperwork and details to your Administration and School Board.
Announce the trip to your students! (We’ll provide all the materials you need).
Invite us to your school to host a Student & Parent Info Night! We will be there to answer questions and support student sign-up!
In the morning, head to the Galapaguera de Cerro Colorado Tortoise Reserve to learn about a breeding program led by park rangers to protect the species.
The “Chinese Hat” Island is a tiny island made up of lava and spatter cones. Its volcanic landscape and clear waters contrast beautifully and you are invited to enjoy and relax on the beach. Keep an eye out for Galápagos penguins who sometimes make an appearance on the rocks.
In the evening, take a short hike along a volcano crater in the highlands of San Cristobal. El Junco is a freshwater caldera pivotal to the development of life on land in the Galápagos.