One Year Later: Give and Surf Welcomes the Return of a Past Volunteer

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Only one year ago June You, a Ph. D student from Seoul, South Korea found herself in Bocas del Toro volunteering with Give and Surf for the first time. Today we’re sitting down with June to find out more about her experiences with our program and of course, why she wanted to return.

June You at Give and Surf

Q: How did you initially find out about Give and Surf?

A: Through my friend’s Facebook page. He liked “Give and Surf.”

Q: Tell us about your first trip here.

A: It was in February of 2012. I had planned to stay here for two weeks but extended my stay for one week longer. Basically I assisted Neil with teaching. And of course, played with the children and had a wonderful time with them. During our free time I went surfing, snorkeling, and enjoyed a cave tour.

Q: What did you like best about volunteering with Give and Surf?

A: My favorite memory from Give and Surf was playing with the kids. Every moment with them was so special to me. If I had to say one thing, I would say the day we brought them to the beach because we had so much fun that day.

Q: How do you feel about being the first volunteer to return to Bocas for a second volunteer experience?

A: Hahaha! Is there any recognition or a prize for this? (Just kidding!) I’m sure that there will be more volunteers returning like I did. I hope so!

Q: What changes have been made since you were here last?

A: The kids. They are growing up so fast and have become so active. I think Neil and Tabitha have done a great job here. The kids are so intelligent. I’m so proud of them!

Q: Tell us about the kids you sponsor to attend school. What made you want to sponsor a child?

A: In this indigenous community, there are issues with women and abuse. When I heard about these horrible stories, I was so shocked and decided to change at leaset one girl’s life. I thought the way to help change this is to educate girls to stand up for their rights. I told this story to my friends in Korea and the my two good friends supported my thoughts and decided to sponsor two children as well. So, between all of us, three girls are able to attend school!

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At Give & Surf we focus on opening our students up to feeling comfortable in and around the water whether it is in our preschools, SOMP: surf outreach mentorship program, WOMP: women’s outreach mentor ship program, or our swim program! 
We have had the pleasure of teaching over 80 children how to swim, surf, and stand up paddle board! #staysalty #giveandsurfA standing ovation to the Jones’ Family who came down two weeks ago to not only share some Panama good times with their son, friend, brother, and our volunteer coordinator @party_over_here7, but who also whipped up this beautiful remake of the Bahia Honda bathroom and water system! 🙏
Good choice of color too! #gratitude #giveandsurfWe are riding high! New Give and Surf vessel is on its way 🏠! Dream Boat made possible by @blueparroteasthampton and ambassadors @ashleigh_s_rodman and @caverodman 🙏🙏🙏🙏🙏🙏! We are over the moon excited to see all that will be made possible in the years to come for education in Bocas because of our new 🚣‍♀️! #gratitudeAs part of Old Bank’s after school program we have introduced Zuli’s students to life on the water. Here we are SUPing thanks to our partners @changingtidesfoundation! #giveandsurfSurround yourself with people who reflect what you want to be just like the 🌊 and 🌌 are with one another! 
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