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Volunteer Internship (In-Person) Peru



We are a surfing-inspired and multiple award winning sustainable development non-profit (NGO) driving the development of poor Peruvian coastal communities through a path of sustainability. We develop environmental, educational, infrastructure and socio-economic projects working hand in hand with local communities and international interns. We ar […]

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Dates of program:
Year round

Duration of program:
There is a minimum of a 2-week stay and the maximum can be up to 6 months or more.

Age requirement:
Adults of both sexes 18+

For in-person placement, you will be provided with comfortable accommodation in our house, including all meals (healthy and mostly vegetarian) and airport pick-up/drop-off. This is included in your financial contribution, which various according to your length of stay, prices start at US$980 for 2 weeks. Volunteer interns sleep in shared dorm rooms with shared bathrooms and access to a shared living room, office space, kitchen, internet connection, clean water, and a garden. For on-line placement, the financial contribution required is 33% less than that of our in-person placement: prices start at US$670 for 2 weeks. Since we have limited volunteer/intern spaces, if you have been accepted we will need you to secure your placement by depositing a non-refundable 30% of your placement’s total financial contribution within 1 week of being accepted. Full payment will be required 4 weeks prior to your arrival the latest. Any refund of the 70% of the full payment (minus all transaction costs) will only be available if cancellation is confirmed before more than 30 days of confirmed arrival date. No refunds of any kind will be available within 30 days of confirmed arrival date. Payment details will be given by our team during the application process. For more information about costs, please visit the financial contribution section on our website.

Other information:
Please apply through our website.


Volunteering in Renewable energy at EcoSwell
"My name is Sten Lengsfeld, I‘m from Zürich Switzerland and I was 19 during my internship at EcoSwell. I applied for a renewable energy internship, so I got to work on the development of a solar distiller together with other interns and the directors. But I got to work on various different projects in NGO management, like organizing workshops for the local communities, creating social media content and documentaries or to work on the construction of a working station and a sun/rain shelter for the house. Working on this diversity of projects, together with different directors and people enabled me to learn a lot about how an NGO is run, what problems they have to deal with and I learned various new skills in construction, administration and organizing. A good work life balance is one of the core values of EcoSwell, with surfing at sunrise and sunset, spending the evenings going out to the various restaurants or everybody cooking together and having piscos, has been amazing. I always felt welcome and quickly became friends with all the volunteers, the VP-coordinators and even the directors. I came to EcoSwell to get hands-on experience in NGO work and sustainable development. To get a better Idea of what my plans for my future would be. And I ended up widening my view and approach to the world and the Problems we face in it. At the same time I feel like I have grown as a person and got a more defined picture of what I want to do in my life."- Sten Liam Lengsfeld

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