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Board/Ambassadors 2017-08-20T19:24:37+00:00

Board of Directors

  • Neil Christiansen

    President
      The founder of Give & Surf moved to Bocas del Toro, Panama in 2011 and quickly set his sights on providing educational support to deserving children in the community of Bahia Honda. Over the last six years Neil, staff, and volunteers have provided educational opportunities to hundreds of students and have complete over thirty five community development projects in the Bocas del Toro area. Learn more about Neil and the Give & Surf story here.
    • Elyse Eng

      Treasurer/Secretary
        Our favorite volunteer first volunteered with Give & Surf in January 2014 and has since returned and continues to support the organization through fundraising and regular guidance. Her incredible support over the years has raised over $10,000.
      • Stuart Grauer

          As a lifelong surfer and educator Stuart and Neil connected on many levels during Stuart's first trip to Panama in 2014. Stuart, Founder of The Grauer School and The Small Schools Coalition, has spent his life in the classroom teaching all grades, elementary through post-graduate. His work has been covered by Discovery Channel and NY Times. His recent book, Fearless Teaching (2016), brings "joy, courage and imagination to the dialog on education.”
        • Margaret Ann

            Hailing from London, Margaret arrived in Bocas del Toro in 2003 With her husband Henry and founded La Loma Jungle Lodge. Henry & Margaret have been vested in the community since they first arrived and provide on-going support in every way possible to the staff, volunteers & programs of Give & Surf.
          • Henry Escudero

              Originally from Peru, Henry moved to Bocas del Toro in 2003 With his wife Margaret and founded La Loma Jungle Lodge. Henry & Margaret have been vested in the community since they first arrived and provide on-going support in every way possible to the staff, volunteers & programs of Give & Surf.

            Board of Ambassadors

            Our Board of Ambassadors have gone above and beyond in their support of Give & Surf. Their continued involvement ensures the future development of the organization and the communities we serve.

            Juan David Isaac
            Jenny Farhat
            Eric Adams
            Maria Nadel
            Jungeun You
            Kristin Panke

            Wendy Hung
            Alvaro Masegosa
            Jack Pichard
            Trond Einemo
            Melissa Grani
            Paki Gale

             

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            Girls of WOMP, Women's Outreach Mentorship Program, taking the podium during the inaugural COPA Féria Del Mar hosted by @bocaspaddlingcluband and held this past weekend in epic 🚣conditions! #wompbocas #giveandsurfWhat a beautiful day spent in Old Bank with the community thanks to program director Zuleika and her band of supporters! 
The day was presented with ❤️ to raise awareness of bullying and support the Aguilas Doradas, a character building program focused around expression and creativity! #giveandsurfVolunteer Story Time PART 3 with Taylor Love, @taylorklove, from the USA and volunteer from July 15th-August 15th 
What would you say to someone considering coming down here? 
GO! It’s a professional organization that truly serves the local people. The staff here are true leaders in the community! #giveandsurfVolunteer Story Time PART 2 with Taylor Love, @taylorklove, from the USA and volunteer from July 15th-August 15th 
Most memorable experience?

Too many favorite memories! My favorite was reading this animal book to the kids in BR. We all acted out every animal and I laughed until it hurt. #giveandsurfVolunteer Story Time PART 1 with Taylor Love, @taylorklove, age 27 from the USA and volunteer from July 15th-August 15th 
What drove you to come here?

I was looking for a volunteer opportunity in Central America. I found Give and Surf on the internet, did some YouTube research and decided I would love to volunteer with this fantastic organization. #giveandsurfNever lose touch with your inner child, the innocent part of you that thinks you will pop every bubble in sight! @sunshineheroesfoundation #giveandsurf ...
#panama #bocasdeltoro #giveback  #nonprofit #nonprofitlife #nonprofitorganization #volunteerlife #volunteer #volunteerabroad #explore #surf #surfing #travel #grateful #givethanks #gratitudeKids discovering happiness in education is an everyday affair at Old Bank's community center thanks to our dear partners and supporters of @sunshineheroesfoundation who not only funded the build of this beautiful center, but also the staff and program expenses to run a summer school, after school program, and more that never existed before a year and a half ago! #gratitude #giveandsurf¡Bailando! Gotta get the wiggles out somehow with these energetic pre-schoolers💃🏼❤️❤️#panama #bocasdeltoro #giveback #nonprofit 
#nonprofitlife #volunteerlife #volunteer #grateful #surfing #surf #nonprofitorganization #travel #explore #givethanks #volunteerabroadSending immense gratitude to Rose Johnson, @rose_grace2406, an intern this past summer who worked her tail off with Emilie, @emjstreet, to develop programs for our new community center on Isla Cristobal! 
She has this to say to anyone considering a volunteer or internship opportunity with us!

That it is an unbelievable experience and unlike most volunteer experiences and internships, Give and Surf allows you to have a deeper connection with the community. As an intern I was pleased with the fact that Give and Surf gave interns real responsibility which I think is rare within the internship world. Give and Surf is also a lot of fun and Bocas is a great place to work and play. #giveandsurfProud to announce that we have co-created ▿INDIGO BENEFIT FESTIVAL▿@indigo_festival a day of music, art, yoga, documentary, and more to celebrate life and raise money for education in Bocas Del Toro! 
The day features a gang of amazing musical performances and creatives from near and far who will convene on Encinitas to celebrate life under the Indigo sky!

Music Lineup ↠↠↠↠↠
Rambo [@rambo.music]
Feather and Dot [@featherdotmusic] 
The Verigolds [@theverigolds]
Todo Mundo [@todomundoband]
The Moves Collective [@themovescollective]
Wicked Monk [@wicked_monk]
Andre Gallardo [@renchmonkey]
Grayson Schreiner [@thegreatsilversun] ▵Yoga and Market Lineups to come!▵ Made possible and supported by our favorites at
Culture Brewing [@culturebrewingco]
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Eve Encinitas [@eveencinitas]
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Ironsmith Coffee Roasters [@ironsmithcoffee]
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Harvest Peace [@harvestpeace]
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Head over to Facebook and search events for Indigo Benefit Festival or visit website indigofestival.live

Don't be there, be here! #indigofestivalFeeling the stoke last month at Bluff with Alonso, an active, surf stoked member of our SOMP: Surf Outreah Mentorship Program led by none other than @guacamole13 #giveandsurfClass 🤡 ing around with our Bahia Roja preschoolers is a volunteer favorite! Make sure to express yourself and the infinite capacity of your imagination through humor this Monday! #giveandsurf

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