From 1 Week

Surf and volunteer in the town that has become known as the “Mexican Pipeline” – Puerto Escondido in Mexico! Experience the Mexican culture, surf perfect waves, and rescue turtles on the beautiful beaches.

This trip allows you to get involved in one of our volunteer projects in the sunny Paci coast. Choose between our environmental & childcare projects (or both!). Mix with the local community to make a lasting impact even after you leave.

You will get free time during the day and on the weekend to enjoy the fabulous beaches and nightlife of this place, take surfing lessons, and see the surrounding attractions in our weekend day trips.


WAVES for Development inspires world travel & cultural exchange through surf experiences while building a network of partnerships that connect travelers, grassroots initiatives & local communities. Our community-based initiatives catalyse education & economic development through: Cultural Exchange & Understanding, Life Skills & Healthy Living, A Conservation Ethic, Social Entrepreneurship, & Sustainable Tourism. Our mission is to inspire world travel and cultural exchange through surf experiences and voluntourism. Surf Voluntourism is a different way to travel. Combining travelers’ passion to see the world with their desire to make a different is possible with WAVES. Our volunteers contribute to community service activities while doing what they love: Surfing! In addition, these surf travelers provide coastal communities and their youth with a source of intercultural exchange and camaraderie through their involvement in educational surf activities making for a brighter future.

What’s Included

7 nights of accommodation in a shared room in a hostel in Puerto Escondido
• 5 days of volunteering with local partners
• Breakfast and lunch from Monday to Sunday
• 1 surf class included w/ all needed equipment
• Excursion to Chacahua, Mazunte, Reforma Waterfall or
Lake Manialtepec (varies on season)
• Local (English speaking) pre-departure support &
coordination throughout your stay
• Pick-up & drop-off at Puerto Escondido International
Airport & all transfers
• Donation to community program
• Taxes

What’s Not Included

Flights / Add-ons: Extra surf classes, group Spanish lessons, extra day trips or overnight stays in nearby towns, surf photos

Trip Itinerary

A typical day:

Morning surf
Language class/volunteer at school
Volunteer at iguana rescue/turtle camp/street dogs project/in school
*** Night beach monitoring turtle project, season depending

Program And Price

One week or more


WAVES has been featured in Surfer Magazine, Outside Magazine, 1% For The Planet, The Inertia, GrindTV, Travel & Leisure and more!

“The best trips are those you do not plan for! Thank you for this great experience, in which apart from knowing another culture I had the opportunity to meet great people!” Sarahí



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