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Check out this wrap up and look ahead posted on BOCASDELTORO.COM by Executive Director Emily Talentino!

Just when we think things can’t more exciting, new doors open and more opportunities present themselves!  2016 was a fantastic year for Give & Surf and it looks like even more is in store for 2017!  Since its inception in 2011, Give & Surf has been committed to empowering the local indigenous communities of Bocas del Toro through education and community development.  While the original preschool & kindergarten in Bahia Roja and Bahia Honda that were the nonprofit’s flagship programs still continue today, Give & Surf has grown exponentially and now serves over eight communities with youth & teen programs, adult English classes, higher education scholarships, community development projects, and more!

A quick wrap up of 2016… Thanks to support of over 200 volunteers and interns this year, we have been able to offer more English classes, after-school programs & extracurricular activities, expand our Bahia Roja preschool to five days per week, and complete several community development capital projects.  Give & Surf, in partnership with Surf for Life, built a much needed two classroom addition to the Bocas del Drago school as well as refinished their playground & kitchen and installed solar panels.  Thanks to other generous donations, Give & Surf was also able to build a new teacher’s house on Solarte, a playground & water system in Bahia Roja, and complete many smaller projects.  With the dissolution of the BESO foundation, Give & Surf committed to expanding its scholarship funds and raised more money in order to provide higher education scholarships to over 40 students from Old Bank, Bahia Roja, Bahia Honda, Bocas del Toro, Bocas del Drago, and Solarte.

Looking ahead to 2017, we are partnering again with Surf for Life to build an additional to the Cristobal primary school and have also received funds to construct a solar powered community center & computer lab in San Cristobal.  The Sunshine Heroes Foundation, which donated the money to build the community center in Old Bank in 2015, has committed to providing the funds needed to offer after-school programming, extracurricular classes & summer camp in Old Bank for all of 2017!  We hope to expand our scholarship program again next year thus giving even more students the opportunity to finish high school and continue on to university and will be hosting our 4th annual silent auction at Bambu on Saturday, February 11th (more details to come).  And that’s just the first quarter of 2017 so stay tuned for more exciting announcements throughout the year!

While Give & Surf continues to grow in leaps and bounds, it is our sense of family that unites us and makes our work so special.  While we can easily recite the number of children we serve each week or volunteers that visit each month, we prefer to share the individual stories of each person that is part of our small community.  We value the smiles that we see every day, the dreams that are made possible, and the small differences that are collectively achieved.  Marisbeth, a shy, nervous three-year-old who didn’t want to leave her mother’s side on her first day of preschool, transformed into a bold, eager learner reciting her ABCs and singing the loudest in the classroom.  Marialena from Bahia Roja attended university on a scholarship, and upon graduating with a degree in education, joined the Give & Surf team as a full-time lead teacher this year.  Each person’s story and future is what motivates us to work harder and reach farther so that all the local children have access to a quality education.

All of these projects and programs are possible thanks to the generosity of volunteers and donors here in Bocas and others from around the world that come to help us each year.  As we near the end of the 2016, we are wrapping up our Giving December campaign which will help provide funding for programs and projects in 2017.  To make a donation or to volunteer and to sign up for our newsletter, please visit our website at www.giveandsurf.org.  To stay up to date on our events & programs, please follow us on Facebook and Instagram.  And mark your calendar… our 4th Annual Back-to-School Auction is at Bambu on Saturday, February 11th and all ages Surf Contest will be at Paki Point earlier that day!

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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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