Jose Sanchez was born on the island of Santa Cruz in the Galápagos Islands. His father was a captain working on ships in the Galápagos, while his mother is an elementary school teacher, and he has three sisters.
He completed all of his schooling in the Galápagos. One of his passions was always languages and the culture behind them, which is why during his free time he learned English and Italian and is now just starting Portuguese.
Besides languages, Jose has always loved being involved with volunteering programs and projects of conservation in the islands, such as monitoring sea turtles and tortoises, eradication of introduced species, coastal cleanups, working with the community and programs involving the local children.
Because of his interests, and since he has always liked being outdoors and exploring the uniqueness of the Enchanted Islands, he didn’t think twice when the opportunity arose to become a Galápagos Naturalist Guide.
Since then, Jose has been working on board expedition ships and at the same time finished his studies in business management and tourism administration.
Nowadays he plans to obtain a master’s degree in sustainable tourism, since he believes that well-managed tourism is the key to the preservation and restoration of the Galápagos Islands.
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