Sports coordinator and playmate

The main goal of our Skate Ramp project is to offer children a safe place to play, while providing the children with positive role models.

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 in 1997/98 and resulted in US$ 3.5 billion economic losses in Peru. The Peruvian government didn't have the capacity to cope with the resulting housing crisis that left millions of Peruvian families homeless. In La Libertad region, authorities located some of the ENSO victims on the very arid land of Cerrito de la Virgen. 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 HELP Youth project (originally called HELP Community) started in 2010. 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, realised that with a little attention and some activities, these children could really flourish. With some land donated from a local surf school, the volunteers mobilised 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. 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!

Volunteer Roles / Working Hours

The main task of volunteers is organizing a schedule with activities that will suit the children and might help their development. Tasks include:

  • Teaching skateboarding and games to the children. Levels of skating ability vary greatly and not all of the kids go to the ramp to skate. Other activities depend on what the volunteers organise, but include other sports (especially football and volleyball) and games, Lego, drawing and crafts such as making friendship bracelets.
  • Instilling good values and reinforcing the importance of good manners. One of the most important elements of the volunteers’ work at the skate ramp is to provide a positive role model for the children. This includes encouraging them to share skate boards, to say please and thank you and to treat each other well.
  • Looking after the facility: tidying-up, cleaning, basic repairs and ensuring proper care and maintenance.
  • Bringing new ideas about how to improve the space and add new appealing features for children. Previous examples of this have included construction of new ramps/jumps, larger-scale repairs and painting murals.
  • During the summer holidays, the Skate Ramp can be opened anytime from Monday to Friday. Generally, however, the ramp is open Monday - Friday (15:00-18:00) for the rest of the year.

Suitable for


Program Requirements

Minimum Age
18 years
Language Skills
You need to speak Spanish (intermediate level)
Other Skills
some experience of teaching or working with or looking after children
discipline and leadership qualities
Time Commitment
Your helping hand will be required on Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday and Friday from 15:00 - 18:00

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Free-time activities

Huanchaco is a beautiful coastal town where the waves are perfect all year long, for all types of surfer. Huanchaco is surrounded by some mountains where it is possible to go hiking (tours are arranged by local guides, at reasonable prices). Furthermore, there's a beautiful white mountain range, the cordillera blanca, situated in Huaraz, fairly close to Huanchaco (5h bus ride), which offers a good many hiking and climbing possibilities in the most fascinating landscape. If you prefer cultural activities, we are a few minutes away from the Chan Chan and Huaca del sol y de la luna, which are among the most well-preserved temple ruins of the old Incan empire that can be found in Peru. The town of Huanchaco has a gym, and you can find some fields to play basketball and football close to the beach.

Water Sports


What's included?
The OCN payment fee covers Volunteer placement and accommodation arrangement services. It includes:
- Collection in Trujillo at the bus station or airport, by a member of the OCN team
- Introduction to your project, as well as to Huanchaco
- Day to day support as and when required
- Advice on accommodation options in Huanchaco

Please note that all travel as well as accommodation costs must be paid by the volunteer (in addition to the Volunteer Program Fees).
What's NOT included?
Visa, flights, travel insurance or vaccinations are NOT included in the program fees.

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Airport Pickup

Given prior knowledge, OCN will arrange for their new volunteers to be picked up at the airport or bus station in Trujillo upon arrival and brought to their accommodation facilities in Huanchaco.

Internet Access
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50 weeks (max. stay)

You can volunteer at the project site in Huanchaco/Peru between 4 weeks and 50 weeks. Please note that the above shown program fees are estimated and subject to exchange rate fluctuations. Otra Cosa Network will tell you your final price during your application process.
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431 Las Camelias, 13000 Huanchaco, Peru