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  • Lobitos, Peru
English, Spanish
Organization Description
We are a sustainable development non-profit (NGO) driving the development of poor communities through a path of sustainability, improving the quality of life of their inhabitants. We develop educational, infrastructure, environmental, social and economic productivity projects working hand in hand with the local community and with international volunteers/interns. We take a "shared value" approach, working with the private, public, academic sectors and other NGO's, to come up with relevant and lasting sustainable solutions. Our approach towards sustainability consists of three pillars:

- Nature conservation;
- Social justice; and
- Economic wellbeing.

We are currently operating in the coastal northern town of Lobitos, a surfing hotspot which has seen an increase in an uncontrolled tourism over the last 15 years. As a result of the town's lack of infrastructure, lack of communication between stakeholders and lack of integrated development programmes, this tourism is giving rise to various environmental, social and economic risks to the town's long terms sustainability and wellbeing. We are working to change this through a variety of projects from distinct disciplines, but we need all the help we can get. Come, join us!

For a list of our day-to-day activities our volunteers help us with, visit: http://www.ecoswell.org/volunteer-activity.html
For a list of our projects, our interns work on, visit: http://www.ecoswell.org/projects.html

Volunteer's/Interns who intend to stay with us for more than one month will pay a lower financial contribution per day. Basically, the longer you stay with us, the cheaper each day becomes. For example, for a three month placement the financial contribution required would fall to: USD 60/per day. All financial contributions must be paid in USD, in order to ensure that all volunteer/intern expenses are covered, avoiding fluctuations with exchange rates.
Environment, Building / Construction, Business
Skills Needed
Experience volunteering/working away from home, University studies either doing a bachelors or postgrad, Ability to be flexible and adaptable, Positive attitude (this one is critical!), Willingness to learn and work as part of a team, Proficient in Spanish (preferable but not required), 18 years of age or older
Accommodation Provided - Minimum Stay: 2 weeks
Average Cost per Week ($USD)
$483 per week
Estimate only - contact this Organization for actual costs to Volunteer
  • Pre-Departure Orientation
  • 3 Meals per Day
  • Volunteer Hostel
  • Homestay
  • Local Transport
  • Airport Pickup and Drop Off
  • Internet

Costs do not include Flights, Visas, Vaccinations, Insurance, Spending Money, 2-Meals-per-Day, 1-Meal-per-Day
Michael Alderson


EcoSwell Average Ratings
I loved volunteering with EcoSwell. I was made to feel very at home, and engaged in what EcoSwell is doing. I had my own specific project to carry out on a sanitation feasibility and design study. The guys running EcoSwell were really helpful in finding the right people to talk to and supporting me when my Spanish wasn't quite good enough. I was also able to get involved in supporting some of their other projects and going along to community events. I achieved a great deal in the three months I was there, and would love to go back! I was there for three months, and in this time they kindly lent me a surfboard, and took me surfing. Once i was comfortable, i just went out on my own which was also great. We also went out fishing with one of the local fishermen, and took a few trips...
EcoSwell is a small-scale but high impact organisation working with local communties in Lobitos, Piura, Peru. As a volunteer you have the opportunity to live and work closely with the team and community while either conducting your own research, establishing a project or working on and developing a current one. Volunteering for EcoSwell is a unique experience unlike any other volunteer programme due to the meaningful and ethical involvement that you have with the organisation and local participants and you also feel highly valued as a member of their team. The Lobitos Verde project, the reforestation scheme that I worked with, started with such a simple idea, but it is continuously expanding and growing like the seedlings that the team at EcoSwell and the families have planted together....
In June I spent two incredible weeks with EcoSwell, I helped out with projects whilst carrying out my own research for my dissertation: NGOs impact in achieving universal water and sanitation provision. I lived with the team in their home, which allowed me to become immersed immediately in the team atmosphere. The team have such a cheerful and dedicated approach that you cannot help becoming captivated with Lobito’s and EcoSwell. Since EcoSwell has been set up by a group of childhood friends, it was so much fun that during the days that I really didn’t even feel like I was working, it just felt like I was working on a project with friends. Lobitos is an amazing little town, that was such a breath of fresh air after being in Lima, the people our friendly and the whole atmosphere of the...
Lobitos is a beautiful and interesting place; the people are amazing, the beach and surf are fantastic, the weather is gorgeous and there is plenty to be done. I volunteered with my husband in March 2014, we stayed for 2 weeks in Lobitos with EcoSwell. At the time the guys didn't have their own place so we stayed in a local hostel, which was very nice, and worked with the EcoSwell guys each day. They helped us with translation, introductions, transport and so much more. Our stay was fascinating, informative and we really felt the opportunity to make a difference in Lobitos because these guys really believe in what they are doing and are determined to improve the town for the residents. We were the first volunteers, and didn't know what to expect from EcoSwell or Lobitos, but...