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 accomodation 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.
Expect an encouraging experience with dedicated community leaders, working hard to improve education, increase awareness, and make a difference in the local community. It's a great atmosphere for teamwork and cooperation. There will be plenty of fun and laughter, too.
"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."
"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."
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.
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.
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.
"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."
The best trips are those you do not plan for! Thank you for this great experience, in which apart from knowing another culture I had the opportunity to meet great people!
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!
"As I left Lobitos this time, it was with a quiet but irrepressible sense of joy and satisfaction, knowing that Henry will continue to fuel this creative cycle, amplifying and sharing the story of his town and WAVES—the organization that has brought so many good people there to teach and to learn."