• Surfrider

Surfrider Foundation Europe

Surfrider Foundation is a worldwide non-profit organization dedicated to the protection and the enjoyment of lakes, rivers, oceans, waves and the coasts.

Surfrider Foundation Europe was founded in 1990 by a group of passionate surfers, and now consists of more than 12 000 members throughout the EU and is actively represented in 12 countries.

The European headquarters are based in Biarritz, France with a team of about 30 staff, interns, and civic service young people.

Supporting offices are located in Paris, Marseilles, Brussels, Bordeaux, San Sebastián, Barcelona and Hambourg.

Around 40 volunteering chapters are present across Europe. They operate independently. But they help for the missions of the organization by responding to local issues. They also represent the community on the ground.

Volunteering in our Local Chapters

Interested in joining a dedicated community that shares your values of ocean protection? Join one of our local chapters! Chapters have the vital role of promoting Surfrider actions locally through various operations:

-Make people aware: represent Surfrider during sporting and cultural events by running a stand, giving information and raising public awareness about environmental issues.

-Promote environmental education: work with students and teachers to integrate fundamental education on current environmental issues into school curriculum using tools provided by Surfrider.

-Organize events: Chapters have the freedom to organize independent events that are relevant to their specific regions. Ocean Initiatives, community art exhibitions, and paddle outs are examples of local events produced by chapters.

Volunteering at Surfrider Headquarters and Offices

Do you like working in an office environment and have special skills to help us to organize operations? Volunteer at our Biarritz headquarters or a supporting office!
Examples of office volunteer duties:

  • program development
  • research and analysis
  • legislative lobbying
  • events
  • fundraising
  • communication campaigns
  • translations

You can also support Surfrider Europe remotely with specific projects that can be worked through on an individual basis.

Definition of a Surfrider Volunteer

Rockstars who dedicate their free time and energy to fulfilling the mission of the organization and making the world a better place! Heroes of the oceans. Defenders of the coast.

A volunteer has no legal obligation to participate to Surfider actions and is free to stop at any time. A volunteer must respect the rules of the organization statutes and follow safety measures and restrictions in the domain studied and defended.

What skills are needed to volunteer with Surfrider?

No specific skill is required to join our volunteer community. Just one condition: be motivated, dynamic and cheerful 😉

Whatever your professional experience or your field of study, you will find a mission to undertake at Surfrider Europe. Depending on the current needs of the organization, we can adapt your role to fit your interests and availability. So what are you waiting for? Join us today!

Do I have work schedules or can I do teleworking ?

In a local support office : chapters are run by volunteers. Their actions take place mainly at week-ends and in the evening after work. Every case is studied separately by each chapter and it can be different for each chapter.

In our headquarters : being a volunteer there means working with our full paid employees within work schedules. From Monday to Friday, from 9 am to 6 pm even if some missions take place at weekends or in the evenings (events nad collects). It depends on the mission but you’ll be free to choose your schedules – two hours a week, one day a week, three days a month, every day one month… You’re free to choose and to help us in one of the missions. Your choice will correspond to the mission. You can also from home, teleworking for writings, translations, graphic works, scientific research,….

Must I join the association to become a volunteer ?

No neeed for that. However joining gives you the right to vote at our General Assembly and gives you a 10% discount on our products. Then joining means helping the association to continue its projects.

Must I be 18 to become a volunteer ?

Not at all. You’ll just need your parents’ or tutors’ approval for some missions.

Can I be financially helped on a mission ?

No, Surfrider Foundation will not offer you any amnenities for your missions. You’ll have to pay for your transport, your food or any other charge.

Go further

If you want to get involved out of Europe :