WAVES International

We offer surf trips that give back through volunteering and cultural exchange

The problem we aim to solve:

There are limited opportunities and infrastructure for travelers to have a positive and sustainable impact when they travel to surf.

The solution our project offers:

We offer the opportunity for socially conscious, environmentally aware surfers to take their values and good intentions on their surf trips with them.

The impact our project had so far:

Over 400 travelers have donated over 14,ooo volunteer hours to 4 different grassroots organizations.


There are currently no open needs. Get in touch with Dave Aabo if you can contribute and help out.

Who is behind this project?

We love community engagement: The more you interact, the more stars you get! (E.g.: Write a comment, publish a project or apply for a need)

About the project

As a 501©3 tax-exempt public non-profit, we have close to 10 years experience in this area of sustainable surf trips that give back through volunteering.

A holistic approach to development includes surfing, skating, women and girls!

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.

WAVES now helps connect the dots between travelers, surf related grassroots initiatives and community members in Peru, Nicaragua, and Mexico. Others partnerships are on the way; Stay tuned!

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