GRASSROOTS INITIATIVES SUPPORTED
The idea for WAVES originated on the beaches of northern Peru in late 2004, when a group of educated local and international surfers shared a desire to help local youth with little resources enjoy surfing. Each one had stories to tell of the stoke, culture, and richness that they had observed during the course of their travels in Peru. They dreamed of building consciousness into the surf travel experience, and empowering local surf communities.
Over the course of the next 3 years, WAVES formed a network of individuals, organizations, and institutions. In 2007, thanks to Global Surf Industries, and signed partnerships with the Peruvian Sports Institute and the Peruvian Surfing Federation, a shipping container of surfboards arrived in Peru. After a two-week pilot program in February of 2008, WAVES launched ongoing Surf Voluntourism and Educational Surf Programs in Lobitos, Peru that November. Since transferring management to locals in Northern Peru in 2014, opportunities for expansion have presented themselves to WAVES International.
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.
WAVES International is a 501(c)3 tax-exempt public charity that oversees the brand, recruiting and selection of travelers/volunteers.
WAVES was born on the beaches of northern Peru in late 2004. Since then, we’ve successfully set up a local team to host and run our main surf volunteer trip.
Though there are no waves for surfing in Switzerland, WAVES has a chapter hosting local events to fund raise and spread awareness.