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Galápagos Islands

July 17 to 28, 2019

Every description you read of the Galápagos Islands contains superlatives—most amazingthe capital of paradise, cannot be found anywhere else. You will find them all to be true once you embark on this trip. You will encounter all kinds of magnificent creatures such as giant tortoises, marine iguanas and Charles Darwin’s famous finches. They are an inescapable part of everyday life in this magical location. And yes, there are also people living here! Join us and have the pleasure of meeting the teachers and students who cherish this place.

Cost — $2575 plus airfare

Included —

Grant Opportunities — Grants of up to $250 are available to current and retired school staff and university faculty who are paying full cost out of pocket. In order to be eligible, you must complete the following requirements:

Wednesday, July 17 — Arrival in Guayaquil

Arriving at the José Joaquín de Olmedo (GYE) airport in Guayaquil, you will make your way to your hotel. The team will gather for dinner and get acquainted with each other and the trip ahead.

Thursday, July 18 — Guayaquil

Your day begins with breakfast and a morning meeting for the team. Next you’ll be able to savor all that Guayaquil has to offer, from the 400-year-old Las Peñas neighborhood to the modern Malécon riverwalk. Delicious local food and off-the-beaten-path scenery will introduce you to the fabulous Ecuadorian culture.

Friday, July 19 — Galápagos Islands

An early flight will take the team to your final destination of Isla Santa Cruz in the Galápagos Islands. Landing at the Baltra (GPS) airport, you’ll travel by bus, ferry and taxi to the town of Puerto Ayora. You’ll arrive in time to explore the Charles Darwin Research Station after getting settled at your lodgings.

Saturday, July 20 — Galápagos Islands

Soaking in the the local flavor is your agenda for today. This weekend will provide lots of free time so that you can thoroughly immerse yourself in the magical world that is Galápagos. Some of the places you’ll visit today are a tortoise reserve, lava tunnels, and a spectacular swimming hole called Las Grietas (The Cracks).

Sunday, July 21 — Galápagos Islands

Despite having had a full day of fabulous experiences yesterday, the island has more to offer you today. Tortuga Bay is an enormous, perfectly preserved beach that is about a 30-minute walk from Puerto Ayora’s harbor. Relax among the mangroves while watching the antics of marine iguanas. Then you’ll stroll a bit further to a swimming area where you can snorkel or kayak. Keep your eyes open for sea turtles and whitetip reef sharks.

Monday, July 22 — Galápagos Islands

Today you will meet your partner teacher and observe her or his classroom to gain a sense of the students and their learning environment. Once the school day ends, you’ll have a feedback session with your partner to glean more context and to discuss her or his goals for the week.

Tuesday, July 23 — Galápagos Islands

Today you’ll continue to support your partner in the classroom. The school’s focus is on creating a sustainability mindset among students for the future of the Galápagos. This conservation theme aligns well with student-centered, culturally relevant teaching practices.

Wednesday, July 24 — Galápagos Islands

Classroom collaboration will continue based on each partner teacher’s strengths and where she or he wants to grow. After the school day winds down, you’ll have an opportunity either to relax at your hotel or take a walk through more of Puerto Ayora.

Thursday, July 25 — Galápagos Islands

While in your partner’s classroom today, you might co-teach or model a lesson, depending on what she or he would like. You will be available to answer any remaining questions and to celebrate the myriad accomplishments of previous days.

Friday, July 26 — Galápagos Islands

This morning’s content is flexible, because each pairing will have different loose ends to tie up. The afternoon will be free so you can finish up all of the Galápagos bucket list items you haven’t had a chance to check off yet. Maybe there was a restaurant you wanted to try, a hike you wanted to take or a shop you meant to visit for souvenirs?

Saturday, July 27 — Galápagos Islands

Today you and the team will take a day cruise to one of the outlying islands, which we will arrange for you. You’ll have seen plenty of marine iguanas and sea lions by now, but other species remain to be discovered! By land and by sea, you’ll want to brush up on your photography skills to capture the amazing sights.

Sunday, July 28 — Departure

Most of your team will have some regrets about leaving today, because you’ll have undoubtedly developed a love for this fascinating place. As you make your planes-trains-and-automobiles journey to the airport, you’ll carry your new Galápagueno friends home in your heart.

In order to create the best possible experience for you, we might need to alter this itinerary. We will let you know about any significant changes.

For this trip, we are partnering with the Galápagos Conservancy, the only U.S. organization focused exclusively on protecting the unique ecosystems and biological integrity of the Galápagos archipelago. We will be working in a school just outside the town of Puerto Ayora on the island of Santa Cruz, the second largest of the Galápagos Islands and its primary tourism hub.

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