Surf & Volunteer in Lobitos

Experience surf travel done differently. Surf great waves while interacting with the local customs, history, and the environmental issues as a volunteer.


Lobitos is a small surfing town on the desert coast of Northern of Peru. With year-round swells, miles of empty coastline and breaks to choose from, plus friendly locals and thriving culture this is Peru’s hidden little gem.

Live Beyond The Surf

Find deeper meaning to your surf trip by volunteering alongside the local Peruvian people while experiencing an unfiltered look into the everyday culture and life.


WAVES believes in empowering community members, youth in particular, to pursue education activities so they set career goals and live healthy lives.


The Environmental Health program is designed to create a supportive environment – through sustainable construction, water systems, recycling, beach clean ups and a Marine Protected Area.


WAVES aims to mentor community members without access to financial services and business guidance, to generate economic activity through socially minded micro-enterprises.

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Lobitos, Peru

A small fishing, surfing town on the coast of Northern of Peru, home to just under 1,000 people. The town is frequently described by traveling surfers as one of the safest and cleanest places they have visited in Peru. Expect great surf and welcoming locals.


During your time here you will stay in at our HQ, WAVES Land, with other volunteers. There’s a kitchen space for shared cooking, wifi, dorm rooms, a skate ramp, art studio space and garden.


Your involvement will vary based on the skills and experience you bring to Lobitos. Commonly, travelers contribute to one or more of WAVES’ ongoing education programs in the following areas:

English Language Teaching, Environmental Education, Surf & Swim Classes, Social Entrepreneurship, and Community Outreach.


Projects will vary based on your skills and interests and the needs in the community at the time of your visit. Past volunteer projects have included: community beach clean ups, construction of a skate ramp, a skate competition, music classes, participatory documentary film-making and photography, design and construction of a surf shack, environmental curriculum development, educational movie nights and a recycling art project.

  • Accommodation
  • Three delicious meals per day
  • Access to WAVES’ selection of surfboards during your service
  • Weekly Volunteers’ Surfing Class
  • Participation in one locally guided excursion every two weeks such as cave visits and camping surf-trips.
  • Health and safety management (risk assessments, emergency contacts, first-aid trained staff and first aid kit)
  • Project management from local and international staff
  • Contribution to local staff salaries
  • Internet access

With near constant offshore winds and few crowds, northern Peru really is a surfer’s paradise. Lobitos is uniquely positioned to receive swells from both directions, is rarely flat, and often pumping.

With options to surf heavy barrels at el Hueco, the Point sucking and peeling for hundreds of meters, and additional quality lefts at Muelles and Piscinas, there are uncrowded options for everyone. It is the sort of place where you can get surfed out every day! For beginners, the protected inside of the Lobitos point has mellow waves offering ideal learning conditions.


The water temperature ranges from 16°C, 61°F in July up to a balmy 24°C, 75°F in February, with your wetsuit needs varying from a full length 3/2 steamer to board shorts.