July 2017 NewsWave

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Welcome to our monthly newsletter where we keep you up to date on all the latest happenings in Panama. In this edition we highlight our awesome summer intern team, a presidential wedding, the launch of our graphic design contest, and a water sanitation project!

Neil and Katherine got Married!

It was a very special month for us here in Bocas as our beloved President and Founder, Neil Christiansen, got married to his soul mate right here on Bastimentos! Family and Friends from both sides, along with Give & Surf staff, got to witness and partake in a magical evening filled with love, dancing, and plenty of laughter in classic Neil and Katherine style! We wish you two all the best in your future endeavors and are forever grateful for everything you have done, and continue to do for the Bocas community!

Thank You Volunteers!

June Volunteers:
Maddie Foster, Kansas
Richard Kneece, South Carolina
Chris Kirk-Fisher, Winnipeg 
June Interns:
Ross Owyoung, Clinton School of Public Service
Emilie Street, Clinton School of Public Service
Rosa Johnson, George Washington University
Holden Taylor, Indiana University
Erum Savja, Ryerson University
Reesha Patel, Lehigh University
Paul Capobianco, University of Iowa
June Groups:
Basic Needs, Simple Solutions, Indianapolis
Boys & Girls Club, Long Island

Project Highlight: Bathroom & Wash Basin on San Cristobal

In early June we teamed up with Basic Needs, Simple Solutions out of Indianapolis for a water sanitation project on the island of San Cristobal. The project consisted of constructing a bathroom with a wash basin intended to be used by the children and adults who will attend our programs at the newly constructed Community Center. The project was completed successfully and is now in use on a daily basis! A big thanks goes out to Steve Bliss and his group for getting this project done early and with a lot of laughs!

Meet Our Team of Summer Interns!

Rose Johnson from George Washington University is currently studying international affairs and will be focusing her time with us on opening our new Community Center on the island of San Cristobal! She is tasked with surveying the local population to find out what kind of programs they want the most, and then implementing those programs!

Emilie Street is currently in Graduate School pursuing her Masters in Public Service at the Clinton School for Public Service. She is Rose’s partner in crime out on San Cristobal and is similarly tasked with the opening of the new community center and implementation of programming!

Erum Savja from Ryerson University in Toronto, Canada, is currently pursuing a degree in Early Childhood Studies and Education. For her internship with Give & Surf, Erum has been working in our various educational programs, providing support in the form of planning, resource building, advising, and also hands on teaching and assisting in the classroom!

Ross Owyoung is also pursuing his Masters degree in Public Service at the Clinton School of Public Service. He is developing a curriculum for the Community Center on Isla Bastimentos to serve as the foundation for the community center’s educational program model, specifically our after-school program. He is researching best practices, using participant observation to assess the current program curriculum, and collaborating with the organization’s other community centers to determine the best-suited curriculum for the Isla Bastimentos Community Center.

Holden Taylor is studying Finance at Indiana Univeristy and is providing support at the After School program on Bastimentos with Ross, while also assisting our Executive Director with various Finance and Marketing initiatives. He will also be assisting in the planning and execution of a surf competition for local kids on the Island of Carenero!

Calling all Graphic Designers! We are currently holding a contest to find new art for our various apparel items! Designs due July 15th! First place design wins $300, Second place wins $150, and third place wins a Give & Surf Gear Pack! Email your entries to info@giveandsurf.org!




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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! 🙏
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Thank you to all those that made #GivingTuesday a day of gratitude as we reflect on all that has been made possible by our family of support this year. 
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