This is a two to six week project for volunteers with some experience in international travel, and who are willing to try to something new. Must speak spanish and have experience as a youth swim instructor or be familiar with principles of environmental education.
Working closely with our NGO partners, other volunteers, environmental educators and surfers, the volunteer will deliver the SwimTayka method in water safety and water stewardship. As a SwimTayka volunteer you will join a community of international volunteers serving various NGOs in Huanchaco to participate in a summer vacation learning experience for local children.
Our partner organization, Otra Cosa Network, runs a year-round volunteer program serving the needs women and children living in Huanchaco and the surrounding shantytowns through the HELP programs in literacy, environmental education, sports, and girl empowerment. Boqueron Surf School is one of many surf schools in Huanchaco, but has the unique mission to teach low resource children surfing as a life skill.
Experience working with children, and familiarity with Peruvian culture will be a plus. Spanish language skills are required, as effective communication is essential. Volunteers will work independently, relying heavily on teamwork and creativity, with some coordination with staff of OCN and Boqueron Surf School.
Additional costs to consider:
To support your fundraising efforts, SwimTayka is available to help you design and launch a crowd-funding site and will feature you in our promotional efforts.
A little about Huanchaco, Peru, an international surfing reserve and fishing reserve
A general overview of Huanchaco can be found here:
This excellent description of the beautiful history and uniqueness of Huanchaco, dually recognized as a world surfing reserve and world fishing reserve, was provided to us by Huanchaco’s indomitable ambassador, Carlos Antonio Ferrer:
If you have previously volunteered with SwimTayka, please follow the same application procedure and include an updated resume. We will use your recommendation letters already on file. Please include a letter telling us why you would like to participate in this project and what you hope to achieve during the program.
On acceptance into the program, you will receive an orientation packet and guidance on how SwimTayka can support your fundraising efforts.
As you prepare for the program, please keep in mind a few rules of thumb for international travel. Be patient, be flexible, be alert, and keep an open mind. Have fun!
If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact us.