This is a NGO (Non-Governmental Organization) that was created to improve the cleanliness of the beautiful desert oasis of Huacachina, Peru. As with many places in South America, trash is a major problem! With the support of local businesses, local people, and travelers, we have volunteers lead and participate in daily trash pick-ups. We have also developed an educational program in local primary schools in Tierra Prometida, a nearby community. In the short time our project has been in Huacachina, there have been major changes in the environment and we hope to carry this project on long-term!
Help with Eco Projects
Travelers staying in Huacachina get to experience the beautiful oasis of South America and it's many plants and animals. Improve your Spanish skills with locals and experience the best of Peruvian cuisine. Many people working in Huacachina live in nearby Tierra Prometida, home to people from all over Peru. There is a real sense of community in Huacachina, so becoming part of this family is a wonderful benefit. Huacachina is also located near to Paracas and Nazca, where many historical sites can be visited. There are opportunities to learn new sports as well, including sandboarding, paragliding, and slacklining.
We are looking for 2 + volunteers to stay with us at a time for 1-2 weeks (or longer if it works out!) to help with organizing daily trash pickups both around Huacachina and in the surrounding desert reserve. This can be hard, and hot work in a sometimes challenging environment, so please be sure you are healthy enough to participate. Duties would include organizing daily clean ups (ensuring there are enough supplies, documenting participant info and daily kgs collected, and ensuring participant safety), recruiting people to volunteer through social media accounts and in person, and generally keeping the energy positive and fun. Daily recruitment includes going from restaurant to restaurant talking to travelers about the program and inviting them to participate (but not pressuring anyone!) along with inviting them to like our FB page. We also have an ecological program at local schools and our volunteer could assist with teaching the materials, hanging out with the kids, and seeing another part of Peruvian life. There is also potential to create new projects as needs change. Ideally we would have someone with some basic Spanish and English skills, who is organized, positive, friendly, outgoing and a people person, who is excited about helping clean up the environment. We need people who are self-motivated and enthusiastic who can work alone or in pairs to recruit. English and Spanish are both important as many travelers are comfortable speaking one or the other.
There is a shared volunteer room with private bathroom for accommodation. Included is free buffet breakfast, access to the pool, and access to additional showers/ bathrooms as needed. There are very nice kitchen facilities with refrigerator and stove that can be used for preparing the rest of your meals and Ica has markets to purchase local foods.
On your time off, there are plenty of options to relax. The hostels have Netflix and couches to chill, there are great restaurants and bars, and even a couple of night clubs in Huacachina, or you can go into Ica to the movie theaters to watch movies in Spanish. Ica also has El Quinde mall with access to shopping, a supermarket called Metro, Starbucks, and a food court. There is a small, but good museum called the Ica Regional Museum that has artifacts from the Paracas and Nazca cultures. Taxis are easy to catch in and out of Huacachina and Ica has a bus terminal. For adventure seekers, there are plenty of opportunities to explore what the desert has to offer from paragliding, sandboarding, slacklining, buggy rides, quad rides, desert camping, and day trips to the beach. If coming to Peru for the first time, it is a good idea to ask for 6 months on your tourist visa as this saves a trip in and out of Peru!
Limited internet access
We have pets
We are smokers
Can host families
More than two
Maximum 4 hours a day, 5 days a week