When looking at people, things or ourselves, it sometimes seems that nothing changes and that no progress or movement is made. But then, all of a sudden it seems, you look at something differently and it hits you that there has been change. Change almost never happens dramatically overnight, but is the result of subtle almost unnoticeable movements. The directions of change is many of times set off by an event and after continues to be sculptured by a change in habit. Travelling can be this ignition. It takes you out of your comfort zone, and places a mirror and has you reflect on who you are now: not who you think you should be, not who you were but who you are right now at this moment. Do you like what you see? If not, keep in mind that big changes are made up of many very small ones!
The Galapagos Islands are a living laboratory of evolution. Wandering on this islands you see animals that are not unfamiliar to other places of the world, but that have slowly adapted body, habits and diets to their habitat. The most famous are the Darwin Finches, little birds that will join you on walks on the different islands and that have adapted from island to island their beaks to make access to their food sources easier.
“The explanation of the natural guide about the Darwin finches has intrigued me! That these small little birds, that for me - not being a bird expert or particular big bird fan - have been part of sceneries all around the world, are an obvious how case that one can change and adapt and reinvent. And that this does not happen overnight, or with big dramatic decisions, but with small changes. And that all these small changes add up, and someday you look up and you see the big change you made! A small drawing of the different Darwin finches now accompanies me in my notebook to motivate me to look at the small habits that will one day make a big change. ” (Nicole, May 2021)
Volunteering on projects, like a beach cleaning or invasive species removal programs on the Galapagos can be this small change you make in the world. Your input will impact the bigger picture of the program and the islands, and it will also an experience within you that you will take with you for the rest of your life. If you are looking to have a volunteer experience on the Galapagos included in your Ecuador travels, or to create a journey around this experience, please contact our travel creators at Biulu whom will give you first-hand information and guidance and whom will be here every step of the way, both when booking and while travelling.