The Founders of Project WOO met as Peace Corps volunteers in Honduras, Central America in 2004. Nick Mucha and Adam Monaghan both lived and worked in Honduras for over two years where they dedicated their time to a variety of local development projects including: eco-tourism initiatives, potable water system construction, strategic planning, HIV/AIDS education, empowering women's groups, grant proposal seminars, and environmental education campaigns.
Despite the presence of Western surfers in these impoverished regions, there was no coordinated effort by surfers to give back to the local communities. Nick and Adam were shocked that surfers were not more interested in helping local communities address their many needs. They felt that surfers should take advantage of their unique opportunity as cultural ambassadors and as such use their resources and energy to support the very communities that embrace the visiting surfers.
True believers that surf travel should benefit the areas it visits, Nick and Adam decided that they possessed the passion, understanding, and skills necessary to change this situation.
Drawing upon their rich experience as community organizers in the Peace Corps, the pair resolved to bring their vision to these towns that were being exposed to surfing and surf culture. Nick and Adam set out to show the world how surfers can be catalysts for positive, lasting change in these remote regions.
In 2006 the duo officially set out to make their vision a reality when they created Project Wave of Optimism - the first organization of its kind. Today Project WOO is an incorporated 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization headquartered in the USA with a field office in Nicaragua.