Surf Travel Done Different
WAVES inspires world travel and cultural exchange through surf experiences, while collaboratively building a network of partnerships that connect travelers, community members and grassroots initiatives.
Whether you're a beginner or expert surfer, you can find consistent waves to ride in every one of the beautiful locations.
Each day give back to the local community and assist on projects. That way once you leave, you'll leave something behind.
From homestay to five star resort, WAVES provides homecooked meals and accommodation to make you feel at home.
Through adventure & water sports, locals develop a special relationship with the sea applying conservation activities in their daily lives.
Through surfing, locals build confidence, stay healthy and foster meaningful relationships while enjoying the coast.
Volunteers contribute to community service activities while enjoying doing what they love: surfing!
WAVES helps coastal communities create educational opportunities for youth using their natural environment.
WAVES believes sustainability contains 4 aspects: ecological, social, political, and economic.
"I knew it that I was in the right place. The days were pure fun, a good swell hit Lobitos and we surfed fun waves everyday. Besides that, I helped Javier with the Mini ramp and went to surf and English classes to help the teachers and get in touch with the kids and the community."
WAVES is a once in a lifetime experience! This is a small place, off the beaten path. A place where you can learn about others and about yourself. You have the opportunity to experience the local culture of a small town by actually becoming part of the community.
Couldn't say enough about this place: beautiful beach, spotless facilities, and the best food you'll eat in Nicaragua, top it all off with fun, attentive, knowledgeable owners and an always smiling and helpful support staff. You will absolutely regret coming here-you'll never want to leave and nowhere else you go will be as good!!
The surfing spots and opportunities are plentiful; there are three great breaks within walking distance and if the wind isn't cooperating, they can drive you to a better spot.
Something very hard to find...great mix of waves, awesome food, nice rooms, and you get to hang and learn from some of the best surfers around. There are no crowds no commercialism...Thanks for everything!
"I walk away with from this feeling like so much has happened, so much was achieved and there are so many stories to tell and a lot of great experiences to share. Lobitos is a lovely, growing desert village with an interesting historical background, friendly people and lots to offer."
"The accommodation was really good and defiantly added to my experience. The food was delicious and gave me a "real" experience of living in Peru." I loved that WAVES offered two weeks and was affordable, as most volunteer experiences are expensive or you don't have enough time off to fulfill them."
This is a fantastic way not only to get surf on a fantastic secluded coast, but also to get to really understand the culture and people of a poor fishing town. You get to interact every day with the townspeople and learn about a way of life that is probably foreign to most.
I had an amazing time at ETCA playing with and getting to know the kids of the community. Lots of "ping pong", laughs, spanglish conversations, and on the last day we made bracelets!
We had such a blast these last two weeks hanging out at ETCA and getting to know some of the kids and youth and the ladies that work there.