WAVES for Development
WAVES for Development is a nonprofit bringing educational surf and surf voluntourism programming throughout Peru.
WAVES seeks to create positive social change in coastal communities in Peru through youth education and development programs and through surf voluntourism programs that transform the views of travelers on themselves and the world.
WAVES provides the local youth with educational programs, including Environment and English classes, Sports Classes and access to teachers who work in the Lobitos Primary school which complements the available resources of the government-funded school. Additionally, the local youth are provided with three free weekly Surf Classes (including Girls-Only Surf Classes), which include a range of opportunities, from swimming lessons to water safety, beach environment and local hazards. WAVES Also provides the girls with wetsuits, surfboards and other equipment.
Volunteers have the opportunity to assist teachers both in the academic programs and with the Surf School. Additional Surf Voluntourism Programs include Beach Clean Ups and other activities including Surf Photography, Small Business Studies, Construction Programs, Dance Classes, Health Clinics and Art classes, among others.
The values behind their programs are spelled out in their name:
Water – via adventure sports, participants develop a special relationship with the precious resource to which 1.1 billion people around the world lack access. And that relationship can be applied easily to conversation activities in their daily lives.
Adventure – WAVES offers disadvantaged youth access to adventure sports and makes adventure part of their social and personal development. They believe adventure is not just an adrenaline rush but rather a way to build confidence, promote good health and foster meaningful relationships.
Voluntourism – volunteers engage in community service activities while engaging in their passion for surfing. Additionally, voluntourists provide local communities with cultural exchange opportunities and camaraderie through their participation in Educational Surf Programs.
Education – WAVES believes the future success of communities lies in the education of its youth. They therefore help create educational and development opportunities for youth in coastal communities, providing them with the tools to become the leaders of tomorrow.
Sustainability – there are 4 aspects to sustainability: ecological (use of/impacts on/implications for the natural environment), social (the initial participation of the community, impact on their culture and willingness to carry it on), political (the politics of destination and other accountability issues) and economic (the impact of money that exchanges hands).
To learn more about WAVES, including the details on their Voluntourism Program, click here.