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There is a dynamic crew of individuals both local and foreign dedicated to supporting the programs in Panama. Please contact us at info@giveandsurf.org to join the team and help support the organization.

Neil Christiansen

The founder and brainchild behind Give & Surf serves as the captain whether he’s jungle living or doing development work in the states.  Packing more excitement and energy than the normal human, Neil is a modern day energizer bunny.  Learn more about Give & Surf through his eyes here.

 

La Loma Jungle Lodge 

La Loma Jungle Lodge is family to us.  Henry, Margaret, little Lucho, and the rest of the gang have our back.  La Loma has helped the local community of Bahia Honda for ten years and it was their guidance and support that has allowed us to do what we do.  Give and Surf partners with La Loma to provide a number of community development projects.  We look forward to many collaborative efforts and good times with our La Loma family in the future.

Marj and Gary Young, Education is Power

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Your continued support and giving hearts havebrought so much to the children of Bahia Honda.  You are true ambassadors of what it means to becompassionate.  We cannot thank you enough for being such wonderful supporters of the education programs.

 

Eddy Gomez

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Eddie is our knight in shining armor.  Eddy is the wave behind the surfboard that is Give and Surf. Our unwavering captain can fix anything, and his immense knowledge of the island archipelago is invaluable when it comes to transporting our precious preschool cargo.  Eddie is also a baseball and volleyball legend in Bahia Honda, and enjoys fishing, painting dolphins, and sharing his knowledge of the flora and fauna of Bocas del Toro.  A past volunteer, Antonia, put it best when she made a tribute poem for Eddie.

EDDIE THE MAN
Whenever we need a helping hand
Or just casually playing in the sand
We know we can count on Eddie
He’ll take us anywhere once we’re ready
Always with a smile on his face
He drives the boat with such grace
Nothing is too hard for him
Forever he can swim and swim
Without Eddie the Boss
We’d probably all be at a loss
 

A tribute to the beautiful people who have helped develop Give & Surf since 2011.

 

Advisory Board 

La Loma Jungle Lodge 

La Loma Jungle Lodge is family to us.  Henry, Margaret, little Lucho, and the rest of the gang have our back.  La Loma has helped the local community of Bahia Honda for ten years and it was their guidance and support that has allowed us to do what we do.  Give and Surf partners with La Loma to provide a number of community development projects.  We look forward to many collaborative efforts and good times with our La Loma family in the future.

Marj and Gary Young, Education is Power

Your continued support and giving hearts havebrought so much to the children of Bahia Honda.  You are true ambassadors of what it means to becompassionate.  We cannot thank you enough for being such wonderful supporters of the education programs.

Our work in the jungle needs a solid team in the states and the support from our advisory board is where we look to for this loving support.

Michael Waidmann: Director of Development

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As fate would have it Mike landed himself in Bocas working at Palmar Tent Lodge following two years of giving back in Ethiopia through the peace corps.  Not wanting to stop helping indigenous populations he took up an interest followed by a passion in developing our programs in Panama.  Mucho amor amigo.

Whitney Mirts: Director of Education

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As a globetrotting educator we are blessed to have Whitney helping develop the organization and its education program.  We are happy to have her provide a better education to children in the wet jungle of Panama since she was previously posted up in the deserts of the Middle East.  She makes it rain!

Carly Arnwine: Director of Media/Marketing

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Help comes in two!  As Mike’s girlfriend and ultra talented media wizard, Carly makes Give & Surf look as cool as ice.  Whether she’s behind the lense or computer, Carly has the magic fingers that make us look good.   

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SOMP: Surf Outreach Mentorship Program has a whole new batch of students that are all surfing for the first time! 
A platform in which local surf mentors cultivate a wonderful learning environment for our students to discover the big 🌊! These same surfers will be receiving their first surfboards in a few weeks thanks to @yehudabenhamo and company who donated to the surfboard drive in San Diego! 
#giveandsurfEverything tastes better from scratch 👨‍🍳. We're cooking up some great things this year!  #giveandsurf #panama #bocasdeltoro #giveback  #nonprofit #nonprofitlife #nonprofitorganization #volunteerlife #volunteer #volunteerabroad #explore #surf #surfing #travel #grateful #givethanks #gratitudeWelcome to the Wonderful World of Bocas! There are cuddles all around 🤗  #giveandsurf #panama #bocasdeltoro #giveback  #nonprofit #nonprofitlife #nonprofitorganization #volunteerlife #volunteer #volunteerabroad #preschool #kindergarten #escuelita #explore #surf #surfing #travel #grateful #givethanks #gratitudeOmar is so full of excitement 🤸‍♂can you match his energy? #TinyToroThursday🐂  #giveandsurf #panama #bocasdeltoro #giveback  #nonprofit #nonprofitlife #nonprofitorganization #volunteerlife #volunteer #volunteerabroad #explore #surf #surfing #travel #grateful #givethanks #gratitudeFound a Red Frog aka Strawberry Poison Dart Frog. This variation of the dart frog is found only on Bastimentos island in Bocas del Toro and is the most toxic. They usually hide under leaves and undergrowth in the tropical rain forest and stay to themselves. We love seeing these guys and treating them with respect! 
#BeautifulBocas #giveandsurf #panama #bocasdeltoro #giveback  #nonprofit #nonprofitlife #nonprofitorganization #volunteerlife #volunteer #volunteerabroad #ribbit #respectnature #explore #surf #surfing #travel #grateful #givethanks #gratitudePour Some Spicy Böys on your rice and beans! 🌶#giveandsurfPreschool Project Update:
Thanks to our first group of volunteers from @surfforlifeteam and @salesforce we have made great progress on the new preschool classroom in Bocas. The first bricks have been laid and we are excited for our second of three groups to start work this week! We will keep you updated!
#giveandsurf #surfforlife #panama #bocasdeltoro #nonprofit #volunteer #travel #explore #volunteerabroad #giveback #island #surfing #gopro #adventure👩‍🚒 stop drop and scroll to: http://giveandsurf.org #giveandsurfSaturday’s Back-to-School event recap! The spirited Bocas community showed up in unprecedented fashion as we raised over $10,000 towards educational programs and services in 2018! 
A special salute to each and everyone of you for showing up and a tip of the 🎩 to @barcohundidobar and @bocasbrewery for providing this amazing location! #gratitude 🎬: @zafromannDaily Life of A Volunteer:

We are excited to welcome our new volunteer, Gillian, who is from Ireland and will be with us for the next month! First day of school and she is already fitting right in. Building bonds and spending time with these kids is priceless! 
The application process is simple! Give us your name, contact info, date/desired length of your stay and your reason for volunteering

http://giveandsurf.org/volunteer/  #giveandsurf #panama #bocasdeltoro #giveback  #nonprofit #nonprofitlife #nonprofitorganization #volunteerlife #volunteer #volunteerabroad #explore #surf #surfing #travel #grateful #givethanks #gratitudeThe weekly #GiveandSurfReport will keep you in the loop with our many new program updates! 
Check out Bocas del Toro's newest halfpipe heroes getting familiar with our new Skateboarding Program in Old Bank thanks to @owlcat and @welcomeskateboards!  #giveandsurf #panama #bocasdeltoro #giveback  #nonprofit #nonprofitlife #nonprofitorganization #volunteerlife #volunteer #volunteerabroad #explore #skatekids #skateboarding #newexperiences #surf #surfing #travel #grateful #givethanks #gratitude2 hours until our 5th Annual Back-to-School Fundraiser held at 🚢 HUNDIDO! 
Special thanks to @barcohundidobar and @bocasbrewery for the space and tasty 🍻! HASTA PRONTO! #giveandsurf🙏

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