In 2016, ISLA begin a conversation with Irish big wave surfer, global humanitarian and environmentalist Dr. Easkey Britton about the possibility of collaborating with her at one of her project sites: Iran. Dr. Britton had established a ground-breaking project on the south shores of Iran. The project set out to empower women in the local communities to take charge in the ocean. With the project came massive success in redefining and empowering women through surfing.
The project has grown to include both women and men in the region, who have come to learn and love the ocean through surfing. With that new passion for the sea comes the responsibility to teach these surfers how to be first responders and know their limits in the ocean. This is where ISLA comes in.
ISLA’s objective with this project is to bring lifesavers and first responders from around the world to come to Iran and support the second phase of Dr. Easkey’s project: teaching ocean safety skills to Iran’s new surfers. As the activity of surfing continues to grow in the southern part of Iran, ISLA can ensure we are helping provide the skills to save lives.
ISLA will focus on providing a three day basic training course to local surfers, as well as donating lifesaving gear.
Please note: All photos on this page are courtesy of Easkey Britton’s work in Iran. Follow Easkey on instagram.
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August 26th - September 6th, 2018
Application Window: Apply Now!
Applications due: January 31st, 2018
Volunteers announced: Starting January 31st, 2018
Straddling the border between East and West, Iran is home to one of the oldest civilizations on Earth.
Get ready to explore this rich and ancient part of the world the best way possible: by also making a difference and saving lives with ISLA! In 2016, ISLA begin plans with Waves of Freedom Co-Founder Dr. Easkey Britton to support her initiatives on the ground in the South Eastern part of Iran.
Waves of Freedom set out in 2010 to launch a community building project revolving around teaching surfing and water sports to the communities of Baluchistan. What started as a surf lesson for girls and women in the communities, turned into a lesson that redefined and empowered those women through community, friendship and the ocean. It has also grown to involve many others in the community and draw them closer through the ocean.
With the increase in surfing and water activities, ISLA is setting out to support the initiatives of Waves of Freedom and the communities by providing lifesaving training, and lifesaving supplies to the area. ISLA will be conducting a training course that will give the community the skills they need to save lives in the years to come.
This is a great opportunity to visit a place few people have ever seen yet that spans back as a thriving civilizations for thousands of years, and share your skill sets to save lives!
Please note! ISLA is conducting this application process many months in advance. This gives our admin team adequate time to prepare the right paperwork to make sure this mission is a success. ISLA is working directly with our hosts in Iran to coordinate country entries and visas, and all accepted volunteers will be notified and briefed on this process.
Important Dates and Project Itinerary
January 1st, 2018
January 31st, 2018
Applications Close. Selected Volunteers Notified
February 15th, 2017
$500 non-refundable deposit due
April 30th, 2018
$1000 Phase 1 project donation due
July 15th, 2018
Airfare purchase is due
August 1st, 2018
$1000 Phase 2 project donation due
August 26th, (date may fluctuate by a few days but will be confirmed by end of January 2018) 2018
Arrive in Chabahar taking a direct flight from Dubai, UAE
August 27th, 2018
August 28th, 2018
Day zero: Prep day for the training course
August 29th - 31st, 2018
Conduct ISLA's 3 day basic training course
September 1-2, 2018
Once the course is complete, spend 2 days visiting in Chabahar
September 3, 2018
Tour in the morning, and depart for Esfahan to site see
September 4, 2018
Spend 1-2 days in Isfahan touring, before heading to Tehran
September 5-6, 2018
Tour Tehran before departing for home (or additional independent travel). The estimated length of this project is 11-14 days.
CostISLA Project Donation:
$2500 USD (Estimate)Included in the ISLA Project Donation:
- Lodging for the duration of the project
- Meals during Volunteer Lifeguard Portions (approximately 1/3 the trip)
- In-country ground transportation
- 1 Year ISLA Membership
- International Travelers Insurance for the duration of the project
- Full ISLA uniform
- Equipment donations
- Airfare to Tehran, Iran and Chabahar, Iran (cost varies; $800-$1200 from Los Angeles)
- Iranian Visa fee (this varies by country)
- Food, entertainment and tourism activities outside of the training days
*There is no language requirement for this project, although lifeguards who are bilingual in Persian // Farsi and have training experience will be given priority in the application process.
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