Galapagos Islands, Ecuador


The Galápagos Islands are a group of volcanic islands in the Pacific Ocean, on both sides of the Equator 500 miles from mainland Ecuador. The Galapagos Science Center is on San Cristobal Island is the easternmost Island. Universidad San Francisco de Quito is located in Quito, which is the capitol of Ecuador with close to 2 million people.

What Students Do

Students can participate in research and education of healthcare professionals. Since 2017 SON faculty and students have provided continuing professional education for health professionals on the Galapagos Islands and Universidad San Francisco de Quito in Quito as well as participated in several community research projects.


Students have to be fluent in Spanish.

Galapagos Council

The Galapagos Council represents a mechanism for units across UNC Chapel Hill’s campus to engage with the UNC Galapagos Initiative to foster and produce interdisciplinary research, education, and community outreach and engagement in the Galapagos Islands. This is achieved through access and direct interactions with the Center for Galapagos Studies, the Galapagos Science Center, Universidad San Francisco de Quito, and members of the International Galapagos Science Consortium.

There are currently 9 Units at UNC-Chapel Hill that are members of the Galapagos Council:


Center for Galapagos Seed Grant

Research Academic-Practice Partnership for Professional Development (ADAPT), 2022-2023 People: Megan Williams, Ashley Bryant


Blaney, L., Waldrop, J., Ortiz, A., Gregory, L., Rosado-Cordova, M., & Sherwood, G. (2019). Partnering for Professional Development in the Galápagos Islands. The Journal of Continuing Education in Nursing, 50(9):417–422.


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