Hospitality Internship in Galapagos Islands

Live and work on Santa Cruz Island in the Galapagos

Galapagos Ecuador Map

Program Highlights:

  • Gain valuable work experience in a luxury resort
  • Immerse in this unique natural environment and local culture
  • Enjoy language immersion in a bilingual working environment
  • Thrive as you live sustainably in a new place
  • Up-close encounters with animal species found nowhere else in the world

Program Benefits:

  • Housing and Transportation to/from internship
  • Personalized rotational internship plan
  • Travel Assistance and in-country support
  • Access to virtual career coaching
  • Spanish language immersion
  • Personal growth and professional skill development

Application Deadline:

  • Summer Internship | March 31st, 2023

Your Program Cost:

Experience Life in the Galapagos Islands

Our rotational hospitality internship program takes you to the iconic vacation destination of the Galapagos Islands, located in the Pacific Ocean just off the coast of Ecuador! You’ll work during the week to gain professional skills in leadership, Spanish language, customer service and so much more. On your time off, you can participate in our group excursions and explore the natural wonder of the Galapagos.

Intern at a local luxury resort on Santa Cruz Island in various hospitality departments including Food and Beverage (Front of House and Back of House), Rooms Division, Front Office and/or Guest Services. You will be shadowing industry professionals to learn how the hospitality industry operates in one of the most desirable tourist destinations in the world, the Galapagos Islands, Ecuador. It’s an amazing opportunity to immerse yourself in a bilingual work environment with international clients.

Sound like your dream come true? Submit your application now to start your adventure!

We’re Here For You

The ideal internship candidate is interested in holistic personal development and an independent travel experience with available in-person and virtual support

Sound like your dream come true? Submit your application today to start your adventure and experience a truly unique hands-on program in The Galapagos Islands.

Dates / Seasons:

Our programs run during the Summer and we accept applications on a rolling basis.

  • Summer Cohort Start Date: June 15th 2025

Program Length: 8-12 weeks (depending on approved visa length by Galapagos Immigration Council)

Galapagos Islands Hospitality Internship Program Details

You’ll work 6 hours a day, 5 days a week in various positions based on your specific interests, experience level and the business needs of the facility. Work may not always be directly related to your future degree or career, but you’ll gain valuable and transferable skills in customer service, time management, self-advocacy and problem-solving on the fly.

Once we connect you with a position that fits your experience and interests, we support you throughout the entirety of the program. We get you settled into your new home away from home by setting you up with housing accommodations and group excursions to learn about the local culture, history and natural wonder of the Galapagos. We’ve got your back every step of the way!

What’s Included In Your Program Fee:

  • Placement and supervision
  • Galapagos Travel Visa Assistance – AdventureEXP will walk you through every step of the process
  • Housing – an apartment within reasonable distance to internship location
  • Transportation to/from internship location
  • Medical and Accident Insurance
  • Bicycle (most common way to travel around the island) and a Snorkel Kit
  • Assistance with travel arrangements
  • On-site support
  • Welcome meal & farewell meal
  • In-country flight from Guayaquil to Santa Cruz, Galapagos Islands
  • Airport pick-up service
  • Local Excursions

What’s NOT Included in Your Program Fee (including estimated cost):

  • International Flight (~ $900 round-trip to/from Guayaquil)
  • Passport ($145)
  • Galapagos Entrance Fee ($100)
  • Transit Control Card ($25)
  • Immunizations ($30)
  • Food/Groceries ($750)
  • Miscellaneous/Personal Expense (~ $600)

Housing Accommodations:

You’ll live in a furnished 1 bedroom/1 bath apartment within a reasonable distance to your internship location with access to Wifi, and close to local attractions and grocery store.

In-Country Transportation

You are responsible to book a flight to arrive in Guayaquil, Ecuador within the agreed dates set by AdventureEXP. AdventureEXP will organize flights from Guayaquil to Santa Cruz Island. For in-country excursions organized by AdventureEXP, travel will be secured on your behalf. Daily transportation will be the resort walking/biking/taxi. A shuttle to/from the internship location and Puerto Ayora will operate daily, and will pick-up/drop-off within safe walking distance of housing.

On-site Program Coordinator

AdventureEXP’s in-country team will assist with arrivals and airport pick-up in Guayaquil and Santa Cruz and provide in-person support throughout the full length of the experience

Program Costs

Program Deposit
$500 (applies to program fee)
Program Fee
Included in Program Fee
We hope to make our program accessible for all students. Talk to your Adventure Guide for more information about scholarships and payment plans.

Personalized Rotational Internship Plan

Once accepted into the program, you should expect to rotate between all available positions based on your interests, experience and the needs of the facility. These rotations help provide you with a comprehensive set of personal and professional skills and a deep understanding of how the entire organization operates. This is an unpaid internship due to the immigration requirements in the Galapagos preventing Americans from earning money on the island.

Department Rotations
Hot Line, Garde Manger, Pastry and Banquets
Food & Beverage
Host/Hostess, Server, Food Runner, Pool
Guest Services / Front Desk
Reservations, Front Desk, Concierge, Lounge
Rooms Division
Housekeeper, Inspector, Houseperson


  •  At least 18 years old
  • Hardworking, eager to learn and contribute to the team
  • Positive attitude
  • Spanish language skills are not required
  • Previous hospitality experience is preferred but not required


On every Adventure EXP program, we plan day trips and excursions to help you get acquainted with the destination and add value to your travel experience. All of these excursions are provided at no cost to you and are included in your Galapagos Hospitality Internship Program Fee.


  • Hike Sierra Negra Volcano
  • Visit an uninhabited island
  • Experience an organic farm meeting the farmers while learning about sustainable food systems and the unique ecology of the islands
  • Kayak Garrapatero Beach and snorkel with Marine Iguanas at Turtle Bay
  • So much more!