Surf school

You've always wanted to surf learn? You love the Seawhich Shafts and Action? Are you passionate about water sports and want to spend every free minute on the beach? Ride the perfect Costa Rican waves yourself and stay at the country's most popular surfing hotspot! Exchange ideas with surfers from all over the world about the best boards and techniques and get to know the diversity of Costa Rica. In the Surf camp you have the rare opportunity to learn to surf first-hand and become a pro yourself. Support the team with the rental of boards and the sale of surf licenses and look after the surf store. Gain valuable experience at the reception of the project's own hotel and look after the guests. Learn how to live and work in a foreign country. Tropical paradise and spend your free time on the board every day!

The surf school is unfortunately fully booked until May 2025.
There are still a few places available in our Surf Hostel program, if you are interested please contact us!

Quick Facts

Type of program
Sport Experience, surf school
Program location
, Costa Rica
Working hours
5 hours per day, 5 days per week
Program start
Every 1st Saturday of the month
Minimum age
18 years
No knowledge
No surfing experience necessary
Small town, Close to the beach
Multi-bed room
Not included
German-speaking contact person via WhatsApp
Mobile Internet with SIM card from WanderWorld Travel
Multi-bed room
Base price 1st program: 880,00 €
Extension month: 170,00 €

Project description

Welcome to surfer's paradise! Did you know that Tamarindo is one of the 10 best places in the world to learn to surf? On the beautiful Pacific coast of Costa Rica, the water temperature is pleasantly warm all year round and there are perfect waves for surfing almost all year round. Surfing is the most popular sport in Costa Rica, which is why many tourists are drawn to this beautiful country every year. Tamarindo is one of the most popular surfing hotspots. The beautiful beaches not only make surfers' hearts beat faster. As the size of the waves varies daily from morning to evening, both pros and beginners can let off steam on the board and enjoy their favorite activity for hours every day. In Tamarindo, everything revolves around surfing: One surf store follows the next and the bars are already talking about tomorrow's perfect wave in the evening.

The passionately run surf camp offers surf lessons, surfboard rental, tours and packages and accommodation in the boutique hotel of the same name. Many guests stay at the camp for 1-2 weeks and book packages with daily surf lessons and accommodation in the hotel. The camp is located on the beach in a prime location and directly on Tamarindo's main surf break. Our surf partner school is one of the oldest and most popular in Tamarindo and has been running for over 30 years. The boutique surf camp also has a very high standard with a beautiful hotel. We love this surf school in particular because it combines European professionalism with Costa Rican nonchalance 😊.

At the surf camp, you have the great opportunity to learn to surf directly from the pros. You get your first surf lesson for free and you can always use the equipment for free in your free time. Enjoy the relaxed life on the beach and the pura vida vibes. Get to know surfing enthusiasts from all over the world and take the country and culture of Costa Rica to your heart.


You will get to know life and work in a foreign tropical paradise and spend your free time on the beach every day. Learn to surf first-hand, the first surf lesson is free for you. The surf camp is located in the center of Tamarindo and many tourists come to the store every day to rent boards or book surf lessons. You support the team with rental and sales in the store and advise customers. The staff will show you the right equipment, as there are many different surfboards with different lengths for beginners and pros. You can also help the team with sales and the organization of surf packages and tours to other beaches in the area. You will also keep the whiteboard in the lobby up to date with the latest offers. Your tasks will also include keeping the surf store clean and tidy, for example sweeping the floor, disposing of garbage and cleaning the surfboards.

In the project's own hotel, you will be in charge of reception and help with room reservations and guest check-in. Before check-in and after check-out, you check each room carefully. You can show guests to their rooms and look after the well-being of the surfers. There are regular cool activities for the camp guests, such as an evening together in a bar in Tamarindo. Here you can help with the organization and be part of the community.

You will also stay in one of the beautiful shared rooms of the highest standard in the surf camp hotel. Once a week, you will help with stocktaking and checking the hotel. When dealing with guests, customers and employees, it is particularly important that you are always friendly, attentive and respectful. This also includes appropriate dress, punctuality and a sense of responsibility.

In your free time, get on the board yourself and become a surf pro. Enjoy the breathtaking sunsets on the beach and visit the numerous bars and restaurants.

Program location


Tamarindo is Costa Rica's absolute surfer's paradise! For all pros, as well as for those who want to learn. The small town in the north of Costa Rica owes its reputation to the dream beaches that invite you to surf and the variety of hotels, restaurants and bars. With pleasantly warm water all year round, there is no better place than Playa Tamarindo to catch the perfect wave. Water sports such as swimming, surfing or fishing during the day and vibrant nightlife at sunset. There are also numerous other beautiful beaches just a few kilometers away, such as Playa Conchal.

Playa Grande beach in the Marino Las Baulas National Park is also very close by. The national park is a protected area and owes its name to the Baula turtle. These magnificent giant turtles, the largest marine reptiles in the world, come to Playa Grande in large populations between November and April to mate and lay their eggs. During the day, however, the beach is open for swimming and surfing.

Find out more about Tamarindo here.


No knowledge is required to take part in the surf camp. You don't need to have any surfing experience either, you will learn this on site. Of course, you should be enthusiastic about water sports, surfing and everything that goes with it and bring plenty of motivation and a good mood with you. Reliability, punctuality and a sense of responsibility are important for working at the surf camp so that the teamwork works well for everyone.

Participation requires a Application required. In a telephone interview, we first determine whether you are suitable for the project. You then fill out the application documents on our website. We will forward your application to the project. We recommend that you apply at least 4 months in advance


The national language in Costa Rica is Spanish. You should have an advanced knowledge of English to work in the surf store. Knowledge of Spanish is not absolutely necessary, but is an advantage. If you have no knowledge of Spanish, we recommend that you take a Spanish course beforehand so that you can acquire the necessary skills and are well prepared for the project and living with the locals. We will of course be happy to organize the course for you.

Accommodation and meals

You will share a shared room with the other volunteers and guests in the project's own hostel with 8 beds and a shared bathroom. The rooms are very luxurious and equipped with everything you need. Accommodation is included in the price. A communal kitchen is available for your meals. Of course there is WLAN in the accommodation. As you share the room and kitchen with other people, it is important to always leave them clean and tidy.

Contact person

Lisa is German and emigrated to Costa Rica with her Costa Rican husband. She has visited the country several times before and is therefore already very familiar with the local culture, traditions and conditions. After falling in love with the country and its people, she decided to live where others go on vacation. In addition to German and English, she also speaks fluent Spanish. Lisa will be happy to welcome you to San José with her warm and cheerful manner and is keen to introduce you to her beautiful adopted country. As the local German contact person, she will answer all your questions and you can always approach her if you need help. Lisa will look after you during the introductory event in San José. If you have any questions during your stay in Latin America, a German-speaking contact person will be available to you via WhatsApp in the same time zone.

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Services and prices

Multi-bed room
Base price 1st program: 880,00 €
Extension month: 170,00 €

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