Trip Details

Enjoy the beating sun of Peru, catching the perfect waves, and join a community volunteer beach cleaning program that will immerse you in a small fisherman town.

Nestled in the Pacific Ocean lies a unique blend of an incredible surfing experience and a chance to clean the coastal and ocean ecosystem. Volunteer alongside a local team cleaning/maintaining the surfing equipment and office tasks such as updating their Facebook page. In exchange, you can surf some hours for free and even join classes for a special cost.

Pimentel is a great surfing destination as the weather forecasts are pleasant all year round. The perfect wave conditions attract sports addicts from all over the world!

The community beach cleaning program includes, but is not limited to, beach clean-ups, recycling projects, swim classes for children, creating gardens, painting, and English classes. Volunteers will spend 2 hrs in the morning and 2 hours in the afternoon on the community beach cleaning program.


Aims & Objectives

Improve your skills and ability to surf the waves of the ocean
Provide you with experience and knowledge on beach sustainability projects
Experience and give back through community outreach
Learn/ Improve your Spanish

Trip Itinerary

Monday
Breakfast
Orientation meeting
Beach Cleaning program (2 hrs)
Surfing (2 hrs.)
Lunch
Beach Cleaning program (2 hrs)
Dinner

Tuesday
Breakfast
Surfing work project (working 4 hrs at the school/shop)
Lunch
Free time (you can do 2 free hours of surfing as optional)
Dinner

Wednesday
Breakfast
Beach Cleaning program (2 hrs)
Surfing (2 hrs.)
Lunch
Beach Cleaning program (2 hrs)
Dinner

Thursday
Breakfast
Surfing work project (working 4 hrs at the school/shop)
Lunch
Free time (you can do 2 free hours of surfing as optional)
Dinner

Friday
Breakfast
Beach Cleaning program (2 hrs)
Surfing (2 hrs.)
Lunch
Beach Cleaning program (2 hrs)
Dinner

Evenings Volunteers are free to sightsee around the local area, do some shopping, and/or plan for the next day.


Weekends
– Weekends are free. You are welcome to relax and hang out at the volunteer accommodation with other volunteers or you can use this time to travel and explore Peru with your new friends.


This schedule can be changed and/or amended depending on weather conditions, local conditions and unforeseen circumstances.

Trip Accommodation

Our volunteer house is located in the North of Peru, in the main city of Chiclayo. You can easily reach Chiclayo, Peru’s fourth biggest city, by public transport which is cheap and frequent. Chiclayo offers shopping centers, a cinema, a nightlife and from here you can visit the famous museum of the lord of Sipan, the tucume pyramids and the dry forest of algarrobos. It is also a traffic hub in north Peru. This makes it easy to travel on the weekends or after your volunteer program.

There are plenty of small restaurants and shops around the area. There is an active surfing community and it is easy to make local friends.

About the Accommodation
Our accommodation is gender-separate rooms, shared homestay style. It is a very typical Chiclayo neighborhood and our local host is keen and motivated offering local family-style interactions and cultural exchanges. There are 1-4 people per bedroom with a shared bathroom.

Food
The food will be typically Peruvian meaning lots of corn, beans, rice, chili peppers, potatoes, wheat, and other grains, all very vegetarian friendly. Keep in mind that some local dishes may be spicy!

Facilities
Supermarket: Located 5-10 minutes walking distance from the accommodation.

ATM: There are several in the supermarkets.

Laundry: We provide laundry service nearby at a low cost.

Market: There is a small market approx 10-15 minutes walking distance from the accommodation. Every morning you can get fresh fruits, fish meat, etc.

Restaurants: There are plenty of small restaurants within walking distance. Especially along menu places where you can find lots of fresh fish dishes, desserts and local refreshments.

Sauna & Spa: There is a Spa in Chiclayo that you can reach by public transport or taxi (£2.50) within about 30 minutes. Sauna and massage (30 min) cost about S/. 20-30 each.

Mandatory Orientation Day
On the Monday of your first week, you will join our orientation day, to familiarise yourself with the surroundings as well as local culture. Your program will continue as usual from Tuesday onward throughout the rest of the week.

Schedule
Introduction meeting, House rules, Setting Expectations, Health and Safety Advice and handling of documents.
Peruvian Do’s and Don’ts, Peruvian Culture Lessons and Spanish Language Lessons.
Tour around the compound and local area; where to find local shops, and arrange a sim-card if necessary.
Lunch
Small beach sunset trip to Pimentel pier.

Sights & Surroundings
In and around Chiclayo there is an array of places and sights that our volunteers usually visit on weekends that lets you explore Peru away from the mainstream tourist routes. Even if you stay in Peru for a few months, you won’t run out of astonishing places to visit!

Bosque de Pomac: Peru’s oldest tree in World’s largest dry forest
Visit the world’s largest dry forest just north of Chiclayo. Besides Peru’s oldest tree it also hides pyramids of the Sican culture. The attentive visitor can easily spot left overs of antique ceramics or even bones along the walkways. Combine the visit with a horseback ride to get the most out of it.

Huaca Rajada
Some of the world’s most extraordinary tombs, place of discovery of the “Lord of Sipan”, also known as the “King Tutankamon of the Americas”. Most of the treasures found the tombs are now displayed in the museum Tumbas Reales, but still the site is definitely worth a visit.

Chan Chan: World’s largest adobe city
Chan Chan not only used to be America’s biggest city, but also was and still is the world’s largest city built of adobe – sun dried mud-bricks – with walls as high as 12 meters, being home for about 60.000 inhabitants. Since it was conquered by the Inkas, it’s extension declined to about 20 square kilometers, of which only a few parts are actively restored. As this impressive place is endangered by the more and more frequently occurring El Niño storms, consider visiting it soon.

Pimentel
At this seaside tranquil town where you can sunbathe, visit beautiful sandy beaches and engage in surfing till your heart’s content.

Weekend trips (more than 3 hours distance)
Cajamarca

Famous for its colorful carnival and as the place where the Inca Empire came to an end, Cajamarca and its surroundings keep you busy for a whole weekend and invite you to come back. Visit the old town, Ventanillas de Otuzco – pre-inca grave caves carved into a vertical rock – or just soak in the hot thermal baths “Baños del Inca”.

Transportation
From this location we provide free transport to your next program at the following location(s):

Cajamarca
Lambayeque (Chiclayo)

Trip Country Info

Peru

Capital: Lima
Language: Spanish (Quechua, Aymara)
Currency: Nuevo Sol (PEN)
Time zone: PET (UTC -5)

Country Information
Peru is the third largest country in South America; a country known for its incredible cultural heritage such as the renowned Machu Picchu and the remains of the Inca Empire. Although the Incas are the most famous ones, there are other manifestations of pre-Columbian cultures and unexplored archaeological sites which can be located in the North of Peru. This magnificent land composed of a variety of landscapes, climates and biodiversity, is visited by tourists from all over the world.

In Peru, it is possible to enjoy a range of activities from surfing in the Northern beaches to hiking in the Andes Cordillera, from trekking in the humid and hot Amazon rainforest to visiting cultural sites, excellent museums, and enjoying traditional dishes. Peruvian people are very friendly, warm, and ready to help or to introduce you to their customs. You will find in these regions a great diversity of ethnic groups, festivities, handcraft, and gastronomy.

Peru is a country of contrasts where the crazy traffic is surpassed by the majesty of mountain ranges. You will find cities peaking at altitudes of more than 6700 meters, infinite beaches with beautiful sunsets, the magically diverse landscape of the tropical rainforest and let’s not forget about the llamas.

Climate
Despite being near the Equator, the presence of different regions of the Andes Cordillera and the arid coast along with the effects of the cold Humboldt Stream induce highly distinct weather. The climate in Peru consists in three main regions: Costa, Sierra, Selva (the coast, the mountains and the jungle).

Participant Criteria & Requirements

Standard Requirements

Travel Insurance suitable for water sports

Additional Requirements

Recommended Vaccinations
You are more than welcome to bring your own surfing or beach gear.

What's included

  • 24/7 support in case of emergencies
  • Accommodation
  • Airport Pick up
  • Orientation

What's not included

  • Airport drop off
  • Flights
  • Travel insurance
  • Vaccination
  • Visa