2016 – 2017 ISLA International Development Projects

IMPORTANT: Our open project application periods are announced individually throughout the year via our email newsletter. Volunteer selection is HIGHLY competitive, so it is best to apply as soon as the project application opens. Signing up for the ISLA newsletter is the only way to ensure you don’t get left behind!

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October 2016: Project Bahia Asuncion, Baja Sur, Mexico

Exchange Dates: mid-October TBD | Application Period: TBD | Volunteers Announced: TBD
Mexican Lifeguard
For the fifth year in a row, ISLA will be caravaning towards the southern tip of Baja, Mexico to the costal community of Bahia Asuncion in order to share ISLA’s message of ocean safety. This trip involves working to train junior lifeguards as well as swimming with whale sharks. Volunteers for this ISLA Project is by invitation only.

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October 2016: Avarua, Rarotonga, Cook Islands

Exchange Dates: approximately October 16-26 | Application Period: July 10-July 30th | Volunteers Announced: Aug 5th, 2016
Mexican Lifeguard
Starting in October of 2016, ISLA will begin conducting a basic open water training course in Avarua, Rarotonga in the Cook Islands. The first course will be conducting for the islands outrigger club and water park employees. The long term goal will be to conduct a basic open water course every two years in the region. More details to come soon.

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November 2016: Project Accra, Ghana

Project Dates: November 16-23 | Application Period: CLOSED | Volunteers Announced: 07/08/2016
accra ghana
This marks the 1st ISLA project in Ghana! ISLA will be working with various governmental groups in the region to pioneer the country’s first ocean rescue team. The ISLA team will run a 3 day basic open water course and explore the country’s wild life and culture.


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January 2017: Project Pangandaran, Java Island, Indonesia

Project Dates: Approxiamtely January 6-11, 2017 | Application Period: TBA | Volunteers Announced: TBA
ISLA Indonesia
This marks the 2nd ISLA project in Indonesia! Highlights of this year’s project include a working alongside with lifeguards from Surf Life Saving Pangandaran, during their peak holiday season of New Years.

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January 2017: Project Santiago, Chile

Exchange Dates: Approximately January 3-21, 2017 | Application Period: TBD | Volunteers Announced: TBD
Chilean Lifeguard Exchange
For the fourth year in a row, ISLA will be conducting a volunteer exchange program with Guardavidas SEAL in Chile.

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April 2017: Project Nicaragua

Project Dates: Approximately April 9 – 17, 2017 | Application Period: TBD | Volunteers Announced: TBD
Nicaragua Lifeguard
For the ninth year in a row, ISLA will be volunteering alongside the Nicaraguan Red Cross at various beaches during the busy season of Easter.

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May 2017: Project Athens, Greece

Project Dates: Approximately May 21-28, 2017 | Application Period: TBA | Volunteers Announced: TBA
Greece, Attica, Athens, Acropolis, listed as World Heritage by UNESCO
After working alongside the Lifeguard Hellas for the past several years, including assisting them on the island of Lesvos, Greece during the Syrian Refugee crisis in 2016, ISLA will be conducting a 3 day basic open water course alongside the Lifeguard Hellas in Athens Greece.

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May-June 2017: Project Balkans (Veles, Macedonia)

Project Dates: Approximately May 25 – June 5th, 2017| Application Period: TBA | Volunteers Announced: TBA
Macedonian Rescuer
This marks our fourth year of working with Macedonian Rescuer. ISLA is planning to conduct an basic lakes and river lifesaving course in Veles, Macedonia as well as tour the area.

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May-June 2017: Project Balkans (Durres, Albania)

Project Dates: Approximately May 25 – June 5th, 2017| Application Period: TBA | Volunteers Announced: TBA
Lifeguard Albania
For the second year we have worked with Lifeguard Albania and are planning to conduct a 3 day basic open water training course on the beaches of Durres in Albania. We will also be planning to tour the area.

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June 2017: Project Cebeci Koskem, Turkey

Project Dates: Approximately June 11-18, 2017| Application Period: TBA | Volunteers Announced: TBA
KOSKEM Turkey
For the first year ISLA is working with KOSKEM lifeguards. The trip will include a basic open water training as well as working alongside the KOSKEM beach lifeguards for the summer kick off.

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June 2017: Southern California Lifeguard Exchange, USA

Project Dates: Approximately June 11-18, 2017 | Application Period: Closed| Volunteers Announced: Apr 25th
ISLA Huntington Beach Headquarters
This marks the 2nd ISLA project in Southern California! Highlights of this year’s project include a city exploration of Los Angeles, meeting with lifeguards agencies from the Southern California area, and conducting a basic open water training course in Ensenada, Mexico.

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