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Renewable Energy Development

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Gain personal hands-on experience working with a growing Peruvian NGO to pursue and implement renewable energies in Peru.

The project

The NGO currently operates in a coastal northern town and surfing hotspot, which has seen an increase in 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-term sustainability and wellbeing. 

The NGO is working to change this through a variety of projects from distinct disciplines, but needs all the help they can get. The organisation runs many different initiatives and at times finds itself thinly stretched. This is an excellent opportunity for you to gain valuable international development experience on how to run an NGO in a developing region, turning you into an agent of change, in a time when you are very much needed.

The main proportion of inhabitants in Lobitos are fishermen or belong to fishermen families. Their income largely depends on their artisanal fishing activity. The idea of having this renewable energy setup at their Community Hall is to strengthen the Fishermen Association so that they can be more productive/efficient and add more economic value to their local fish catch, instead of just selling it right away to market middlemen as they catch it.

Early in 2016, we installed a state-of-the-art photovoltaic energy system at the Community Hall of the Lobitos Artisanal Fishermen’s Association, as one of the objectives after a successful crowdfunding campaign. The setup is made up of two solar panels of 600W (300W each), four maintenance-free deep cycle use rechargeable batteries of 12V and 100Ah (20 hours) and a smart multi-function inverter/charger of 2.4kW and 24/220V.

This system is currently powering the Community Hall in the middle of the Primavera neighbourhood, the main fishermen’s neighbourhood in Lobitos. In this way the Community Hall has turned into a centre where the inhabitants can access free, clean and renewable energy, especially during the occasional blackouts from the grid in Lobitos. It has also reduced the Fishermen Association’s electric bill, greatly reducing their operating costs and generating important savings for the organization. However, the installed system can handle up to 2.4kW of load and it is currently running with idle capacity (only 10-20% of power is used). 

Volunteer Work

During this internship, you will be working with a surfing-inspired sustainable development non-profit (NGO) driving the development of poor Peruvian coastal communities through a path of sustainability, improving the quality of life of their inhabitants. 

The NGO develops educational, infrastructure, environmental, social and economic productivity projects working hand in hand with local communities and with international volunteers/interns. They take a "shared value" approach, working with the private, public, academic sectors and other NGOs, to come up with relevant and lasting sustainable solutions. The approach towards sustainability consists of three pillars:

  • Nature conservation
  • Social justice
  • Economical wellbeing for all

Suitable for


Typical day

This project can keep improving and there are several activities in which the intern could get involved with, including:

  • Designing and implementing energy systems for use of this idle capacity in benefit of the Fishermen Association (eg: powering equipment that adds economic value to the local fish catch, powering a solar distiller for desalinization of seawater for the community, powering equipment that generates other revenue streams for the fishermen, etc.)
  • Obtain energy-usage data from the smart inverter in order to calculate and produce CO2 emissions reductions reports from the use of clean energy instead of the grid.
  • Designing and implementing any add-ons or improvements to the existing system
  • Research into, scope, design and implement, a mixed system by adding a wind energy component (eg: wind turbines) so as to diversify the dependency on different renewable energy sources.

We are looking for someone with a passion for renewable energy (engineers, technicians, specialists, etc.). A university specialization or work experience is preferable. Someone who has minimum proficiency in Spanish and is capable of working as part of a team and in remote areas. Good communication skills and the ability to multitask will be essential.

Details on Arrival

Project is on-going, and you can join at any time, depending upon availability.

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 (basic level) and Spanish (intermediate level)
Health Declaration
Education Requirements
Technology, Engineering, Renewable Energy Technology at Relevant academic background level
Nationality Restrictions
No restrictions. Helping hands from all over the world are welcome.
Other Skills
Intermediate to fluent Spanish (proficiency is preferable but not required).
Experience working away from home.
Ability to be flexible.
Positive attitude (this one is critical!).
Willingness to learn and work as part of a team.
Genuine interest in sustainable development & NGO Management.
Determination, self-motivation and ability to work in a team environment.
Travel & medical insurance.
Necessary vaccinations and visas.
Time Commitment
Your helping hand will be required on Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday and Friday

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

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Free-time activities

Talara is a port city at the pacific ocean. In your free time you can go for a swim, do water sports or even experience nature's beauty underwater by scuba diving and snorkeling. 

One of the attractions of Talara is its gastronomy, you can find good seafood restaurants. There are many of them at Caleta's San Pablo, a district of Talara.

Water Sports
Contact & Reservation
2 - 24
2 - 24
Airport Pickup

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Project Fee includes 

  • food
  • accommodation
  • local transfers
  • 24-hour in-country support
  • orientation
  • integration into the project

Airport Pickup at Talara

You will be met at the local airport in Talara and transferred directly to the project location.

Throughout your placement you will be living in comfortable accommodation at the NGO headquarters with access to an office workplace and resources, fully equipped kitchen, shared bathroom and shared bedrooms, access to clean water, electricity and Internet (99% of the time). The house also has a shared living room/chill-out space with a DVD-player.

Bedroom (Double)
Food & Beverages

All meals are included during your stay (excluding restaurant meals). Peruvian cuisine is considered as one of the best in the world and is also generally very healthy, incorporating lots of fruits and fresh produce.

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.

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Costs (Prices in USD)
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20 weeks
24 weeks (max. stay)
Average fees

You can volunteer at the project site in Talara/Peru between 2 weeks and 24 weeks. Please note that the above shown program fees are estimated and subject to exchange rate fluctuations. Global Nomadic 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 Global Nomadic during the application process. Common solutions are either via bank transfer or a cash payment at the project site.

Get ready to volunteer in Peru

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Visa Regulations
Depending on your nationality, you have to arrange your visa for Peru. Please check the visa regulations for Peru.
Travel Seasons
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Living Costs
Living costs vary with each destination. We give an overview of what you should plan as an estimated budget to volunteer in Peru.
Generally, volunteering abroad involves certain costs. In case you need financial support, we will assist you to fundraise your volunteer program in Peru.

What's next?

The nearest airport is Talara (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.
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If you are intending to volunteer in Peru you should seek medical advice before starting your social journey. Check your required vaccinations for Peru.
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