Trip Details

Surfing and Beach Cleaning Volunteer Peru

What could be better than catching the perfect waves in a beautiful tropical country, whilst doing your bit for the community? On our Surfing and Beach Cleaning Volunteer Programme in Peru, that’s exactly what you’ll be doing, as you enjoy a week of surf, sun and adventure! Here you will work with a local team, cleaning up beaches, and earning some surf time as you go!

Surf, Swim, Tidy and Teach as you Enjoy Beautiful Peru!

During your stay in Peru, you will be involved in various clean-up and recycling projects, but will also help with swim classes for children, and even hold some impromptu English classes! It’s a short day, with 2 hours in the morning and 2hr in the afternoon, leaving you plenty of time to immerse yourself in the comings and goings of this beautiful little fishing village. Once your volunteering is finished, you can, of course just get out on those waves and enjoy some key surfing moments!

Amazonian Rainforests and Peruvian Adventures Await!

As you can imagine, Peru offers a wealth of fascinating villages, ruins and artefacts for those with an interest in Incan and pre-Incan civilisations. Visit the ruins of Kuntur Wasi – only 2 hours away from the centre, or head to Cajabamba for unspoiled archaeological sites. Further, the Plaza de Armas is a must-see, with its glamorous colonial buildings. But whatever you do, a trek through the Amazon Rainforest is a must! Don’t forget too, that there’s lots to see locally, after your day of volunteering on the beach is done!

Why be a Surfing and Beach Cleaning Volunteer?

  • Improve your surfing skills and knowledge of Peruvian sustainability projects
  • Work with the local community, and make new friends of locals and volunteers
  • Stay in our accommodation, with single-gender rooms and communal areas
  • Enjoy Peruvian cuisine, with meals and beverages* included in the programme

*tea, coffee and drinking water

Get in touch to find out more or browse through our many other volunteer experiences.

Trip Itinerary

During your programme as a Surfing & Beach Cleaning Volunteer, you will be cleaning and maintaining surfing equipment but also helping out with office tasks like updating their Facebook page. In exchange, you can surf some hours for free and even join classes for a special cost.

Mandatory Orientation Day

On the first day of your Peru surfing and beach-cleaning programme, you will join our orientation day, to get familiar with the surroundings as well as local culture. Your program will continue as usual from Tuesday onward throughout the rest of the week.

Orientation Day 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 hike to ‘white crosses hill’ where you can have Thermal Baths in Banos (Optional) and a massage session (Optional) .

Daily Schedule

Tuesday

Breakfast
Beach Cleaning programme (2 hrs)
Surfing (2 hrs.)
Lunch
Beach Cleaning programme (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 programme (2 hrs)
Surfing (2 hrs.)
Lunch
Beach Cleaning programme (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 programme (2 hrs)
Surfing (2 hrs.)
Lunch
Beach Cleaning programme (2 hrs)
Dinner

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


Evenings and Weekends

Your evenings and weekends are free to do as you wish, either relaxing back at the volunteer accommodation with other volunteers or travelling further afield and exploring Peru with your new friends.


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

Places to Visit

There’s so much more here in Peru than surfing! In and around Chiclayo there a wealth 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

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 leftovers 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 in 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, its extension declined to about 20 square kilometres, 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 to your heart’s content.

Weekend trips

Cajamarca

Famous for its colourful 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”.

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 centres, 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 northern Peru. This makes it easy to travel on the weekends or after your volunteer program.

About the Accommodation

Our accommodation has single-genders rooms with a shared homestay style, shared bathroom and with 1-4 people per bedroom. It is a very typical Chiclayo neighbourhood and our local host is incredibly welcoming!

Food

Peruvian cuisine typically consists of lots of corn, beans, rice, chilli peppers, potatoes, wheat, and other grains – all very vegetarian friendly. Keep in mind that some local dishes may be spicy!

Facilities

There is a supermarket located 5-10 minutes walking distance from the accommodation, and ATMs are also nearby. Further, there is a small market approx 10-15 minutes walking distance from the accommodation, where you can buy fresh fruits, fish meat, etc. every morning. There are plenty of small restaurants within walking distance, especially along menu places (Peruvian equivalent of ‘fast food’) where you can find lots of fresh fish.

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