Projects Abroad | NGO Development

Peru: Market Research – Artisanal Fishermen Local Business Plan

Talara, Peru


Location: Talara, Peru

Duration: Minimum 2 weeks, maximum 6 months

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

Cost: from $1180 USD for the first 2 weeks + from $423 for each week thereafter – see Costs tab for further details


  • Gain personal hands-on experience working with a growing Peruvian NGO.
  • Work alongside experienced & passionate professionals and local communities.
  • Live and work in a north Peru surfing hot-spot.
  • Ideal for those studying Marketing looking for a career in the NGO sector.
  • Keywords: Market research, field research, sustainable development, community development, serious internship.
Costs Explained


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; and

– Economic wellbeing for all.

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.

Daily Life

The Lobitos artisanal fishing community suffers from an organizational 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 benefitting 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 optimize 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 design of a business plan. 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.

For this project we require an economics, social sciences, geography or business student or professional to take the research to a new level. Basic to intermediate spanish is recommended for fieldwork purposes.

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.

Book with Confidence

Travel & Accommodation

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.

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.

Fundraising Help


  • Minimum age 18.
  • Minimum 2-week commitment.
  • 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.
  • Relevant academic background.
  • Determination, self-motivation and ability to work in a team environment.
  • Travel & medical insurance.
  • Necessary vaccinations and visas.
Premium Support Upgrade


Accommodation with us is optional. You are also free to rent an apartment nearby if you do not wish to stay at our volunteer guesthouse. Enquire with us when applying.

Cost per week Total Project Fee
First 2 weeks $465 $1180
3 weeks $457 $1621
4 weeks $457 $2078
2 months $444 $3802
3 months $423 $5326

* Currency in USD
** All payments incur a 5% bank transfer fee
*** $250 admin fee included
**** 30% deposit required to confirm place.

What’s Included:

Project Fee includes food, accommodation, local transfers, 24-hour in-country support, orientation and integration into the project.

What’s not included:

Flights, insurance, visas (if applicable) and vaccinations. Full assistance will be provided in getting all these arranged if you choose our Premium Support.

Premium Support Upgrade

We understand there’s a great deal to plan and organise for your trip. When booking a Placement, many of our participants choose to purchase our Premium Support Upgrade to benefit from the expertise, knowledge and experience of our Project Coordinators.

We can provide the personal advice you need to ensure your trip is organised with excellence and planned with efficiency; ensuring the very best experience possible. Read more about how we can help you.

Note: Map coordinates are approximate