Join us in the north of Peru, in a small surfing community called Huanchaco. This area was first settled by ancient civilisations over a thousand years ago and lies closed to the ruined city of Chan Chan. Most of the families that we work with are from displaced mountain communities and now live in a shanty town on the outskirts of the town, where many children live in homes with dirt floors and no running water.
Located in north coast Peru, Huanchaco is a laid-back beach community just a few miles from the notable ruins of Chan Chan, and the bustling colonial city of Trujillo. Huanchaco is recognized as both an international fishing preserve and an international surfing preserve. It is home to the ancient caballitos de totora, ancient fishing kayaks constructed of totora reeds and used by local fisherman to fish and surf the waves.
Drowning is the third leading cause of accidental injury death for children worldwide; nearly 42 people die from drowning every hour. While drowning rates in Peru are considered among the global average, every loss is a community trauma. One preventable drowning death is one too many. And our world’s open waters are in crisis. Nearly everybody of open water is threatened by contamination, overfishing, and water shortages. In Peru, coastal areas and inland waterways are threatened by runoff contamination and coastal erosion from urban development and climate change impacts. As a SwimTayka volunteer, you will work alongside local community organizations, surf schools, and summer camps to teach the life skills of swimming and water stewardship to the children to Huanchaco.
Mid-January – early March 2018. Volunteers may select a two-week period but we encourage you to commit to the full term. You will find that relationships deepen and strengthen as you spend more time in this beautiful, engaging place.
At least two days before lessons start, you will have a walking tour of Huanchaco, and an orientation to the SwimTayka program and training curriculum. Because safety is our top priority, your ability to communicate in Spanish is a very strong plus for this programme. Please come with at least an intermediate level of Spanish language proficiency.
Our days are full! We teach in the mornings and afternoons, four days a week. We try to keep Fridays open for field trips. And we always leave the weekends open to play and explore the surrounding areas.
Lessons are held Monday to Friday and you have the weekends to explore.
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Please contact us for more information on our Huanchaco Peru rates. The volunteer fee covers your background check, local accommodations, transportation, SwimTayka uniform, and administrative costs and direct community support. The volunteer fees do not cover your international travel costs, travel insurance, meals, or swim gear (please bring your own).
Fantastic. Before you sign on, do you have the foundational preparation to teach the life skills of swimming and/or environmental education to children? Do you feel confident communicating in Spanish? If you answered yes to these questions, then browse through our program for detailed descriptions of the volunteer requirements and please also read our code of conduct manual.
Please don’t hesitate to ask if we can be helpful in any way!