Skate Ramp Assistant

founded in 2004
Otra Cosa Network
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Coordinator | Sophia
Coordinator | Sophia
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The main goal of this project is to offer children a safe place to play, while providing the children with positive role models and free education opportunities This volunteer program is especially suitable for:
Age 18+

The Skate Ramp is up in the hills on the outskirts of Huanchaco town, in an area not visible from Huanchaco itself. This shanty town area is called Cerrito de la Virgen and most of its inhabitants come from ENSO phenomenon (El Niño Southern Oscillation), a natural climatic occurrence that caused excessive rainfalls about 13 years ago and resulted in US$ 3.5 billion economic losses in Peru. These people had no choice and were made no promises by the government, there was not even any electricity or water available for the new inhabitants. They just got there and had to start making their lives again. As a consequence, the needs of the children, including their education were put aside while their parents were more worried about surviving.

The children living in Cerrito did not have access to a particularly stimulating environment or much to amuse themselves with and as a result, they tended towards misbehaving and acting up. However, our volunteers saw a lot of potential there, realized that with a little attention and some activities, these children could really flourish. With some land donated from the local surf school, the volunteers mobilized and built the Skate Ramp to offer a fun and stimulating environment for the children to play in.

The main goal of this project is to offer children a safe place to play while providing the children with positive role models. The role of the coordinator is a leadership role, which involves supporting up to three other volunteers working on the project and being the person who is in charge of the day-to-day running of the ramp. The coordinator has responsibility for opening and closing the ramp, holding weekly meetings with the other skate ramp volunteers to discuss ideas and issues, managing the (limited) budget and reporting to OCN staff through fortnightly meetings. If you enjoy working with children, have a sense of fun and understand the importance of being a good role model then you cannot miss this volunteer opportunity.

Typical day

The role of the Skate Ramp Coordinator is to oversee the general running of the ramp, including supervising other volunteers and managing the limited skate ramp budget, as well as organizing a schedule with activities that will suit the children and might help their development. Tasks include:

  • Opening and closing the ramp
  • Supervising the other skate ramp volunteers (up to three people), including running weekly team meetings
  • Managing the skate ramp budget
  • Teaching skateboarding and games to the children
  • Running other activities of interest to the children; arts and crafts, games etc. 
  • Instilling the values and importance of good manners
  • Looking after the facility: tidying-up, cleaning, basic repairs and ensuring proper care and maintenance.
  • Bringing up water for the kids (20L.) once every day or 2 days depending on how hot is the day.
  • Bringing new ideas about how to improve the space and add new appealing features for children.
The ramp usually runs from 3-6pm each day with preparation tasks and meetings outside these hours in our base nearby, as well as one off special events.

Free-time activities

Huanchaco is a beautiful coastal town where the waves are perfect all years long, for all type of surfer. Huanchaco is surrounding by some mountains where is possible to hike, furthermore, Peru has the white mountain range, the cordillera blanca situated in Huaraz have many hiking and climbing possibilities in the most beautiful landscape. You can also try sandboarding in Huanchaco, you be guaranteed to have a good time.

If you prefer cultural activity, we are few minute away from the Chan Chan and Huaca del sol y de la luna they are all ruins to discover the magic history of the Inca.

The town of Huanchaco has a gym, otherwise, there is a yoga class and some fields to play basketball and football.

You are assured to find a match and have a blast with all this diversity.

Water Sports


In order to join the program you need to be at least 18 years old on the program start date. There might be exemptions if you can provide the permission of your legal guardian(s) or if your are accompanied by your parents.
Language Skills
You need to speak English (fluently) or Spanish (intermediate level)
Criminal Background Check
Required Documents
CV and Motivation Letter
Nationality Restrictions
No restrictions. Helping hands from all over the world are welcome.
Other Skills
•Able to cope with active streetwise children.
•Empathetic, responsible and open-mind personality.
•Leadership and discipline are must for this position. Experience in skateboarding
Time Commitment
Your helping hand will be required on Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday and Friday from 14:30 - 18:30

What's Included

Services by Otra Cosa Network

There is a volunteer contribution required that covers administrative fees, airport pick up, project placement, assisting you in finding housing, induction meeting and tour of Huanchaco, supervision, frequent tours and organized events, volunteer support and all the overheads.

Volunteers pay for their own food, accommodation and transport in addition to the volunteer fee.

Airport Pickup at Trujillo Airport

Our volunteer coordinator will pick you up from the bus station or airport when you arrive in Trujillo! Further, on your first day, the coordinator will take you to your project and help you to settle there.

Internet Access
Good access at the project site
What's NOT included?
Visa, flights, travel insurance or vaccinations are NOT included in the program fees. Please arrange your own accommodation. Food, snacks or beverages are at extra costs.
Flight Tickets
The nearest airport is Trujillo Airport (TRU) in Trujillo. We assist you to find cheap flights to Peru.
Travel Insurance
Going abroad is an adventure and it is always best to be prepared. Sudden illness or injury, cancellation or theft - a travel insurance for Peru provides security and is a plus to have.
If you are intending to volunteer in Peru you should seek medical advice before starting your social journey. Check your required vaccinations for Peru.

Dates & Fees


Details on arrival

The programme runs year round.

This program is paused due to COVID-19

Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec
12 - 50 weeks

Program fees

Costs: Prices in USD
12 weeks (min. stay)
17 weeks
29 weeks
37 weeks
50 weeks (max. stay)
Average fees
$24 /week

The organization charges its fees in GBP. The price table in USD is subject to currency fluctuation. Otra Cosa Network will let you know about the final price during your application process.
Deposit (15%)
The deposit is simply to reserve your volunteer placement. Payments are handled by PayPal, our trusted global payment provider. If you don't have a PayPal account, you can also pay using a credit card.
Final Payment (85%)
Your final payment will be agreed with Otra Cosa Network during the application process. Common solutions are either via bank transfer or a cash payment at the project site.

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Skate Ramp Assistant

The main goal of this project is to offer children a safe place to play, while providing the children with positive role models and free education opportunities


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