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Surf "Voluntourism" - More Than Waves


Great opportunities to combine surf trips with volunteering your time and abilities.

More and mores surfers and other travelers are finding great ways to give back to local communites while enjoying a unique travel experience. These volunteer travel or "voluntourism" experiences allow you to get to know the locals, their personalities and the specific challenges they face. Don't worry, you'll still have plenty of time for surfing and relaxing as well.  Below you'll find a working list of Surf Voluntourism opportunities throughout the world.  If you know of others, please share!

smiling kids with surfboards at mision mexico in Tapachula orphanage - surifng orphanage
Hang with the surf kids at Mision Mexico orphanage, they'll redefine your idea of "Stoke".


A growing list of Surf Volunteer opportunities throughout the world in alphabetical order by region. Please email us if you know of others.

Surfing Doctors

Operation Amped - Free surf camp for wounded and injured vets
Sustainable Surf - All things sustainable and surfing
Surfing for Change - Professional surfer Kyle Theirmann working to make the world a better place by tackling environmental and social issues
Surfers Medical Association - Organization for surfing doctors committed to serving locals and travelers in underprivileged areas
Surfers Environmental Alliance - Committed to conserve the quality of our marine environment, preserve or enhance surf breaks, safeguard beach access rights, and protect the coast from over-development.
Center for Surf Research - Surf tourism program at SDSU. Focus on working with students, travelers, governments, communities and private companies to improve the sustainability of surf travel.
A Walk on Water - provides water therapy via guided surf instruction to children with special needs.

Central America
Surf for Life - Educational and community driven development projects in coastal communities throughout Central America
Valpo Surf Project -  Uses surfing instruction and academic mentoring to encourage English language skills, personal character development, and environmental consciousness among underprivileged and at risk youth in cities across the Globe.

Waves of Health

Surfers for Autism - The Surfers For Autism mission is to unlock the potential of people with developmental delays, support advocacy for autism issues and scientific research
New York
Stoked Mentoring - Using surfing and action sports to instill resilience & self reliance in low-income youth. You can help out by mentoring a kid, volunteering your photog services or just raising awareness with a twitter shout out.

Christian Surfers International - Spreading the gospel to other surfers and locals around the world. Join in on a short or long term mission trip, or learn how to be a better witness at your local surf break.
Save the Waves
Waves for Water
Surfers for Cetaceans
Surfers Healing - Set up by Izzy Paskowitz for his Autistic son Isaiah. Surfers Healing runs camps each summer across the U.S. and can always use some great volunteers who don't mind getting wet and loving on some kids for the day. Volunteers with surf experience are a plus.
Surfrider Foundation - International body of surfers working for environment, access and social issues affecting beaches and surfing.
Beyond the Surface International

Liquid Future
Groundswell Society

Surf Resource Network

Mision Mexico - Orphanage in Tapachula that takes the kids surfing regularly
WildCoast Protecting the Mexican coastline against development and pollution

Project WOO - Community based volunteer projects in Gigante
Monty's Beach Lodge - A beachfront surf camp in rural Nicaragua. Monty and his staff have developed deep relationships with the local Nicaragua schools and clinics allowing guests to immediately get plugged in. Spend one day volunteering and the next swinging in the hammock. There is never pressure to participate but always the opportunity.
Waves of Hope - Non profit community development program in Nicaragua. Internships available.
Papua New Guinea
Walu International

Alto Peru
WAVES for Development

South Africa
Travel to Grow - Teaching underprivledged African children to surf.

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