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EcoSwell

Market Researcher for Fishermen

Lobitos, Peru

NGO | EcoSwell

Conduct market research with the artisanal fishermen of Lobitos to improve their economic opportunities.

The project

The Lobitos fishing community suffers from an organisational problem. Even with a local demand for fish, due to the tourism industry, the fishermen's produce is being sold in the nearby town of Talara, widely benefiting the income of middle-men instead of their own. 

The idea of working on a cooperative system to better their own situation has been in the minds of the fishermen for long, but to make sure the venture will succeed and to optimise its impact, market research is necessary. In mid 2016, an intern from the University of Lima developed qualitative research in order to profoundly describe the value-chain of the fish in Lobitos. His reports uncovered interesting insights that must now be explored quantitatively before beginning project design. 

Your role as a volunteer

Therefore, we need volunteers to build on this market research by carrying out interviews, questionnaires, focus groups and quantitative analysis with local stakeholders in order to solve these economic issues that the local fishing community face. The ultimate goal is to develop a local market, connecting the fishing community to the tourism entrepreneurs and taking advantage of sustainable infrastructure already installed in the fishermen's community hall by EcoSwell in early 2016.

Project Impacts

The ultimate impact for this project is greater income for the fishermen and their families. It will also strengthen the Fishermen's Guild, which is the only grassroots organization in Lobitos, which will be capable of offering new economic opportunities to the people. This makes the population less dependent on local government jobs and, in doing so, strengthens local democracy.

Typical day

A typical day working alongside the EcoSwell team and possibly other volunteers in Lobitos can vary depending on the project you are taking part in. Interns and volunteers will usually find themselves working on a variety of projects whilst with us, but for this project volunteers can be expected to:

  • Take the research to its next level
  • Review the current research made
  • Get familiarised with the current fishing situation community and context in Lobitos
  • Work jointly with the team to understand what potential solutions could help
  • Conduct independent research on potential solutions
  • Engage with the local fishermen

A work day will typically range from 9am - 6pm typically (with a 1-2 hr lunch break), but the EcoSwell team is sometimes up from 6am, surfing or fishing during sunrise and also surfing or relaxing in the evening (catching the sunset at the beach), after the work day is over. The market research will take place in Lobitos within walking distance from the accommodation.

It is not a necessity to bring special equipment with you, but if you can bring items that you think will aid with the project, then that is an advantage. 

Details on Arrival

Because this project is on-going, the programme is available throughout the year starting on any day of the week.

Free-time activities

Daily world class surfing (all levels), fishing trips, whale and sea lion watching, exploring new beaches, yoga, library access, baking/cooking, personal development, constant socialising with other travellers, within other fun activities. We have a lot going on, and you’ll love it. Maybe even a little bit too much… many of our interns and volunteers have come to question their own lifestyles after experiencing ours! Come, try something new whilst you still have time and see for yourself. 

Other activities, such as swimming with wild turtles, sea-lion and whale watching, artisanal open sea fishing with local fishermen, within others are affordable and can be arranged but are not included in the programme. These come at an additional cost, but in reality they are very cheap. These activities are payable to the people who run them (ie: the local artisanal fishermen who take you on their boats) and as such we like to support the local economy. We can facilitate this as we have positive relationships with them and it represents an additional source of income for locals, while at the same time giving some of our participants experiences that they will never forget. Once in Lobitos, you’ll be able to see what you’d like to do at your own discretion. Regardless of whether you do partake or not in these activities, you will have a blast. 

We are not one of those organizations which imposes loads of restrictions on our participants on what you can and can’t do. We treat our volunteers and interns like adults, and so you are free to behave as one, responsibly. We will make all volunteers/interns fill in an risk assessment before joining us nonetheless, that way we ensure that you know what the risks are and what you shouldn’t do. We’ll give you a heads up on what goes down well and what doesn’t. So no need to worry too much about what you need to do in regards to health and safety and no need to worry about us wanting to “babysit” you. 

Water Sports
Swimming
Diving/Snorkling
Safari/Zoo
Sports
Yoga/Meditation

Program Requirements

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).
Language Skills
You need to speak English (fluently) and Spanish (intermediate level)
Health Declaration
required
Education Requirements
Environmental Science, Engineering, Geography, Business/Marketing, International Development, Medicine and Conservation at University level
Nationality Restrictions
No restrictions. Helping hands from all over the world are welcome.
Other Skills
- Genuine interest in sustainable development
- Determination, self-motivation and ability to work in a team environment
- Experience working away from home
- Flexibility
- Positive attitude
- Proficiency in Spanish (preferable but not required)
Time Commitment
Your helping hand will be required on Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday and Friday from 09:00 - 17:00

Suitable for

Singles
Couples
Groups
50+

Any questions? Just ask. We at EcoSwell are happy to help you.

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Airport pickup, accommodation and food and drink are included in the fees.

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 EcoSwell during the application process. Common solutions are either via bank transfer or a cash payment at the project site.
Airport Pickup at Captain FAP Victor Montes Arias Airport

We will meet you at the airport in Talara and from there we will drive you to Lobitos.

Accommodation

You will have comfortable accommodation in the EcoSwell house throughout your stay with an office workplace/resources and large kitchen. You will have access to a shared bathroom and shower. We also have a chill-out living room with a DVD player and cable TV (which you probably won't use much!).

Dorm Room Bedroom (Single)
Food & Beverages

Peruvian food is categorised as some of the best in world. You’ll get all your meals included within the EcoSwell house as part of your contribution. This includes, meats, fresh seafood, fresh fruit and vegetables, milk, coffee… you name it we have it, and more (as you’ll probably try new fruits you didn’t know existed) and you will be amazed at how much stronger you’ll feel after a few days with us! 

All food is bought weekly in the nearest city of Talara fresh from the markets and supermarkets. You will also get a chance to try out local cuisine in some of the restaurants in Lobitos.

Of course, we can also cater for volunteers with dietary requirements such as vegetarians and those with lactose intolerance, for example.

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.
Flight Tickets
The nearest airport is Captain FAP Victor Montes Arias Airport (TYL) in Talara. 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.
Vaccines
If you are intending to volunteer in Peru you should seek medical advice before starting your social journey. Check your required vaccinations for Peru.
Costs (Prices in USD)
2 weeks (min. stay)
$878.00
3 weeks
$1,293.00
4 weeks
$1,724.00
5 weeks
$2,095.00
9 weeks
$3,591.00
14 weeks (max. stay)
$5,306.00
Average fees
$409.00/week

You can volunteer at the project site in Lobitos/Peru between 2 weeks and 14 weeks. Please note that the above shown program fees are estimated and subject to exchange rate fluctuations. EcoSwell will let you know about the final price during your application process.
Crowdfunding Service
Generally, volunteering abroad involves certain costs. In case you need financial support, we will assist you to fundraise your volunteer program in Peru.
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 EcoSwell during the application process. Common solutions are either via bank transfer or a cash payment at the project site.
Americas South America Peru Lobitos, Villa de Oficiales 270
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