We are a group of 3rd year Bioscience students from the University of Exeter embarking on a research trip to the Galapagos in January 2019. An essential part of conservation efforts on the islands is giving back to both nature and the community. During our time there we will be hosted by local families where we have the opportunity to exchange culture and traditions and during the day we will be conducting a variety of practical conservation techniques and research natural phenomena. We will be working alongside academics from the Universidad San Francisco de Quito. They have arranged for us to work with two local Galapagos residence who have started their own not-for-profit NGO. With them we will be planting mangroves to help protect the coastal regions, which are important breeding and feeding habitat for a plethora of wildlife from sharks to flamingos.