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You always wanted to learn how to surf? You love the sea, the waves and action? You are passionate about water sports and want to spend every free minute on the beach? Ride Costa Rica’s perfect 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 versatile Costa Rica. At the surf camp you have the rare opportunity to learn surfing first hand and become a pro yourself. Support the team in renting boards and selling surf lessons and become an instructor yourself with a little practice. Gain valuable experience at the front desk of the project’s own hotel and take care of the guests. Get to know life and work in a foreign tropical paradise and spend your free time on the board every day!

The surf school is unfortunately fully booked until May 2024.

There are still a few places available in our Surf Hostel program, if you are interested please contact us!


Type of program

Program location

Working time

Program start


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Sport Experience, Surf School

Tamarindo, Costa Rica

4 hours per day, 6 days per week

Every 1st Saturday of the month

3 months

18 years

English or Spanish

no surfing experience necessary

shared room in the surf camp

not included, kitchen available

contact person on site

Wi-Fi and sim card from WanderWorld

From €1220.00


Type of program: Sport Experience, Surf School

Program location: Tamarindo, Costa Rica

Working hours: 4 hours per day, 6 days per week, time of day varies according to assignment

Program start: Every 1st Saturday of the month

Duration: 3 months

Minimum age: 18 years

Language: Spanish or English

Prerequisites: No surfing experience necessary

Accommodation: shared room in surf camp

Meals: not included

Support: German speaking contact person via WhatsApp

Internet: Mobile internet with sim card from WanderWorld Travel

Price: from 1.220,00 €

Surfer haben Surfbrett unter dem Arm und lachen in Costa Rica
Surferin sitzt auf Surfbrett im Meer in Costa Rica


Welcome to surfer’s paradise! Did you know that Tamarindo is one of the 10 best places in the world to learn how 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, and for this reason alone many tourists are attracted to this dreamlike country every year. Tamarindo is one of the most popular surfing hotspots. The beautiful beaches not only make surfers’ hearts beat faster. Since the wave size varies daily from morning to evening, professionals as well as all beginners can let off steam on the board and pursue their favorite activity for hours every day. In Tamarindo, everything revolves around surfing: one surf store follows the next and in the evening, people are already talking about tomorrow’s perfect wave in the bars.

The surf camp, which is run with a lot of heart and soul, offers surf lessons, surfboard rentals, tours and packages and accommodations in the boutique hotel under the same name. Many guests stay at the camp for 1 – 2 weeks and book packages with daily surf lessons and accommodation at the hotel. The camp is located on the beach in a prime location and directly at the main surf break of Tamarindo. Our surf partner school is one of the oldest and most popular in Tamarindo, it has existed for over 30 years. The boutique surf camp also has a very high standard with a beautiful hotel. We just love this surf school because it combines European professionalism with Costa Rican casualness 😊.

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

Surfbretter in verschiedenen Farben und Größen
Surferin reitet Welle in Costa Rica
Surfer im Meer von oben aus der Drohnen Perspektive


You’ll learn about living and working in a foreign tropical paradise and spend your free time on the beach every day. Learn surfing first hand and with a little practice, you will soon be able to give lessons to the guests yourself. The tasks are varied and change daily.  The surf camp is located in the center of Tamarindo and every day many tourists come to the store to rent boards or book surf lessons. You support the team in renting and selling in the store and advise the customers. The staff will show you the right equipment, because there are many different surfboards with different lengths for beginners and pros. You can also help the team with sales and organizing surf packages and tours to other beaches in the area. And you keep the whiteboard in the lobby up to date.

At the project’s own hotel, you’ll be in charge of the front desk and help with room reservations and guest check-in. Before check-in and after check-out you carefully check each room. You can show the rooms to the guests and take care of the surfers’ well-being. You will also stay yourself in one of the beautiful shared rooms with the highest standard in the hotel of the surf camp. Once a week you will help with the inventory and the control walk through the hotel. When dealing with guests, customers and staff, it is especially 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 surfing pro. Enjoy the breathtaking sunsets on the beach and visit the numerous bars and restaurants.

Mann schaut auf das Meer mit Surfern in Costa Rica
Surfbrett steht im Sand am Strand in Costa Rica


Tamarindo is Costa Rica’s absolute surfer’s paradise! For all professionals, 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 waters all year round, there is no better place than Playa Tamarindo to catch the perfect wave. Water sports like 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.

Also nearby is Playa Grande beach in the Marino Las Baulas National Park. 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 from November to April to mate and lay their eggs. During the day, however, the beach is open for swimming and surfing.

Palmen und Meer in Tamarindo, Costa Rica
Kajak in Tamarindo, Costa Rica


For the participation in the Surf Camp no knowledge is required. You do not need to bring any surfing experience, you will learn on the spot. Of course, you should be enthusiastic about water sports, surfing and everything that goes with it, and you should be motivated and in a good mood. Reliability, punctuality and sense of responsibility are important for the work in the surf camp, so that the team work works well for everyone.

Surfer surfen eine Welle in Costa Rica
Surfer in der Welle in Costa Rica


An application is required for participation. In a telephone conversation, we first determine whether you are suitable for the project. You then fill out the application on our website. Your application will be forwarded to the project. We recommend that you apply at least 4 months in advance.


The national language in Costa Rica is Spanish. For the work in the surf store you should have advanced knowledge of English. Knowledge of Spanish is not absolutely necessary, but an advantage. If you don’t have any knowledge of Spanish yet, we recommend to take a Spanish course beforehand, so that you can acquire the necessary knowledge and are well prepared for the project and living together with the locals. Of course we will be happy to organize the course for you.


You will share with the other volunteers and guests a shared room with 8 beds in the project owned hotel with shared bathroom. The rooms are very luxurious and equipped with everything you need. Accommodation is included in the price. There is a shared kitchen for your meals. Of course, there is wifi in the accommodation. Since you share the room and the kitchen with other people, it is important to leave them always clean and tidy.

Mehrbettzimmer in der Unterkunft in Costa Rica
Gemeinschaftsbereich in der Unterkunft in Costa Rica


Lisa is German and emigrated to Costa Rica with her Costa Rican husband. Before that, she has visited the country a few times and therefore already knows very well about the culture, traditions and local conditions. After falling in love with the country and its people, she decided to live where others go for vacation. She speaks fluent Spanish as well as German and English. Lisa will be happy to welcome you in San José with her warm and funny nature and is eager to introduce you to her beautiful chosen home. As your contact person in the country, she will answer all your questions and you can always approach her if you need help.

WanderWorld Mitarbeiter lächelt



    • 3 months in the starter package: €1220.00
    • As a second program: 3 months €820.00

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Unsere Teilnehmerin Liane


“For me it felt like a second family and I am very grateful to have been so well received. I was able to meet many new friends who have made Tamarindo a second home for me.”

Teilnehmerin Lena am Strand


“The way people live and think is just fascinating. The nature is so diverse and breathtaking. If I had to describe Latin America in three words, they would be: content, happy, relaxed.”



In this live Q&A Annika tells us about her exciting experiences in Guatemala and Costa Rica. In Costa Rica she worked at the surf school and in Antigua at the Eco-Farm. Find out what she learned from her time and what the highlights of her trip were.

Annika auf einer Hängebrücke im Regenwald