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Adopt an Island: Volunteer Your Time in the Galapagos

Magazine article Success

Adopt an Island: Volunteer Your Time in the Galapagos

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At the mere mention of the Galapagos Islands, images of almost mythological creatures come to mind. The giant tortoise and the unforgettable blue-footed booby conjure up a place where nature's creative possibilities are endless.

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For those looking to experience the Galapagos off the rather well-regulated path, Hands Lip Holidays gives you a behind-the-scenes glimpse and a life lesson all in one vacation.

Yes, you'll see the incredible monuments, the local market, and sunny days spent snorkeling and sailing some of the most beautiful waters in the world. But instead of trailing other-tourists, you'll also participate in a community development project in restricted parts of the Galapagos. Melding meaningful sightseeing with significant community involvement, travelers work side by side with local fishermen in a rubbish collection project.

Hands Up Holidays founder and CEO (chief experience officer) Christopher Hill says the value to vacationers is something they keep with them long after they return home: "Our clients come away with a fresh perspective on the state that the oceans are in and treasure the interaction they got with the local fishermen, who are hardy, 'salt of the earth' and warm."

Sound too down and dirty? The allure of these islands to scientists and travelers alike has not been without cost over the years. Hill says, "Helping pick up this trash is helping to preserve this unique environment," maintaining the pristine coastline and ensuring thriving biodiversity. …

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