Leave copies of your important documents, such as your passport, as well as traveler’s check and credit card numbers, with someone who can fax them to you in the unlikely case they are stolen and/or give a copy to a trusted traveling companion. E-mailing yourself your document is also a good idea since the numbers are often sufficient in South America even without the actual document. (Please note that you will also be required to leave copies of your passport with the IOI staff in Isabela).
Some students also find it helpful to add a parent/guardian to their personal bank account while they are abroad. This helps in case of emergency or if a student needs to manage funds from overseas.
All students will be required to apply for the 12-III visa. Once you have been accepted into the program, you will receive a letter from IOI with special instructions on how to obtain your visa.
See your doctor at least 4–6 weeks before your trip to allow time for immunizations to take effect. We can not make official recommendations on what you need. The Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) recommends the following vaccines for Ecuador (as appropriate for age):
There is no Malaria in Galapagos. However, Malaria is found in Ecuador mainland at altitudes below 1500 meters. Malaria medication is recommended for these regions. You should discuss the proper malaria medication with your doctor and take the precautions you deem necessary. Larium is the drug recommended by the CDC. (make sure you really need these medications – they are very strong and have plenty of side effects).