Location: Equador & Galapagos


Below is our anticipated schedule of activities. On days marked with a *, the group will have limited access to phone and internet. While we understand families are eager for news, we ask for patience as our staff’s energy is focused on the students and the program at hand. Please do not call our office regarding these blogs, as the office does not control the postings or the content of the updates. Thanks very much for your understanding!

Day 1 (June 22) – Fly day; Welcome and orientation session

Day 2 (June 23) – Morning group building activities at Parque Itchimbia; Afternoon tour of Quito historical district

Day 3 to 5 (June 24 to 26) – Excursion into the rural Andes Mountains (near Chugchilan); Activities include the beautiful Quilotoa crater, hiking, horseback riding, zip lining, and a traditional market visit

Day 6 (June 27) – Scenic drive to Quito; Student rest, downtime, and packing for the Amazon

* Day 7 to 10 (June 28 to July 1) – Excursion into the Amazon rainforest; Activities including wildlife viewing, nature study, indigenous demonstrations and cultural activities, and community service work with the Sumak Allpa organization

Day 11 (July 2) – Departure from the Amazon; Student rest, downtime, and packing for the Galapagos

Day 12 (July 3) – Flight to the Galapagos; Puerto Ayora city tour

* Day 13 to 16 (July 4 to 7) – Galapagos motor yacht tour including snorkeling, hiking, wildlife viewing, and nature study

Day 17 to 18 (July 8 to 9) – Community service projects with the Galapagos National Park Service

Day 19 (July 10) – Morning community service projects with the Galapagos National Park Service; Afternoon flight to Quito

Day 20 (July 11) – Whitewater rafting excursion; Lifeworks/ActionQuest closing program

Day 21 (July 12) – Students depart for home