NEWSWAVE 2017

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Eli Kurtz
Gap Year Volunteer

This past year, I was lucky enough to spend three short months of my life in Bocas del Toro, Panama, with the Give and Surf team. Back in June, after graduating high school, I had decided that I wanted to take a year off before going to college. With no defined plans, I kept the idea of making the most of my time front and center. It was amazing how a relatively short plane ride to Panama, took me from a place where I felt like the world moved around me indifferently, to somewhere where I felt I had a part to play. Not only that, but I noticed other patterns falling into place, as I continued my stay. I ate, but I ate differently than at home, catching lobster and fish that became my dinner. I slept, but differently, going to bed early and getting up even earlier so as not to let any part of the day go to waste. And I worked, but this was different too. Boating every morning through the mangroves to a small school, jutting out of the coastline into the bay, was relaxing. More relaxing than any other “work” I had done before. Not just relaxing, but meaningful as well. I genuinely impacted the community I lived in, in a positive way. And at the same time, I was discovering for myself a new way of living. The things I put my time and energy into seemed actually important. Whether teaching, surfing, fishing, hiking, or exploring, every activity engaged me in a way that was refreshing compared to how I had felt before arriving in Panama. I learned how to be present. This lesson is invaluable, and Give and Surf truly helped me get to where I am now, confident in my own abilities as I go forward.

Message from Neil

2016 left me feeling full of gratitude for the fluidity in which the Give & Surf ship sailed from start to end. This is thanks in large part to the “amazing crew” we have on board. It is incredible that as a team the operations of the organization seem to run seamlessly from day to day in such a challenging environment. This is a testament to everyone’s commitment to holding themselves responsible to giving their all to the people of Bocas del Toro. It has been so inspiring to see the outreach from others to join forces with us because they recognize the genuine devotion we all have to making the world a better place. You can’t fake this!I am incredibly proud of the sustainable direction we are steering into 2017. We are making a major commitment to getting local community leaders involved as we employ local teachers, submit our application for non-profit status in Panama, and drum up support from local and national government agencies.

Filled with gratitude,


Just some of 2016’s highlights!

  • Expansion of the scholarship program to over 40 high school and university students
  • Expansion of the Bahia Roja preschool to 5 days per week and addition of Marialena as a full-time lead teacher thanks to Education is Power!
  • Construction of the Boca del Drago two classroom primary school addition complete with solar-powered electricity
  • Construction of the new teacher’s house on Solarte
  • Construction of the Bahia Roja playground and water system
  • New Gap Year Program.
  • Over 200 volunteers joined us! Come Volunteer in 2017!

 

The Give & Surf Experience made by volunteer Sofia Santos of Portugal!
APPLY TO VOLUNTEER

  • Zach Simon,  California
  • Eli Kurtz, Massachusetts
  • Spencer Gray, South Carolina
  • Joan Berger, Maryland
  • Jackie Bira,
  • Thomas Dempsey, California
  • Daniel Silveira & Melissa Richardson, California
  • Heather Dumford, Canada
  • Kelsey George, Texas
  • Francis MacGIllivary, UK
  • Eunho Lee, South Korea
  • Interns:  Dylan Vahradian, California
  • Olivia Daniels, Clemson University
  • Beryl Pereira, Benedictine University
  • Nakasi Herbert, University of Georgia

Interns:

  • Dylan Vahradian, California
  • Olivia Daniels, Clemson University
  • Beryl Pereira, Benedictine University
  • Nakasi Herbert, University of Georgia

We are just a few weeks into the new year and already have some amazing projects planned! Come Volunteer and be a part of it all!

PROJECTS ON DECK

  • Old Bank Summer Camp & After-school Program at the Sunshine Heroes Community Center: thanks to the support of Sunshine Heroes Foundation we are providing summer camp at the center completed in last November!
  • Cristobal Community Center & Computer Lab: we are excited to be hosting the amazing group of Carl & friends again this year to complete this community center in February!
  • Cristobal Primary School Addition: Surf for Life will be joining us again in a few months to complete a much needed primary school for the deserving community of Cristobal.
  • Expanded extracurricular activities including more English classes, sports & enrichment classes, teen mentorship programs, & more!
  • Further expansion of the higher education scholarship program: February is the month to give to our continued education scholarships, we ask you to please consider providing the gift of education in 2017! Donate below ↓


February is Back-to-School month!  Our annual online campaign and Bocas event will raise money to support higher education scholarships.
If in Bocas please be sure to come to our 4th Annual Event!Special thanks to Mono Loco, Paki Point, and Bocas Bambu for your support!
We are already receiving donations at the below link! 

DONATE

Eric Adams for making all the Giving December gifts and new uniforms for all of the Escuelita kids for the 2017 school year
Sunshine Heroes Foundation for funding a new summer camp and after-school programs in Old Bank for all of 2017!
Over 50 people who contributed to our Giving December Campaign. We raised over $12,000!
All those who donated to the purchase of a new motor! Special thanks to Education is Power for matching! 

Kristin Mein and Kaypea Jewelry for their amazing Give & Surf earring collaboration.

We are thrilled to be have three new faces join the team in 2017! 

Jaz joins the team as our Director of Education. Originally from Buenas Aires, Argentina. Jaz has a background in early childhood development through sports and has taught children skiing, wakeboarding, surfing, and paddle boarding. Her energy in and out of the classroom keeps the children (and volunteers) smiling and enjoying new experiences.
Our new volunteer house capitan Nico is making Bocas home as our Volunteer Coordinator. He will be guiding volunteers to epic adventures both in and out of the water in 2017!
We have Dylan to thank for the development of our cultural immersion workshop program. Mr. Dylan joined us as an intern this fall and is back to lend his skills and insight into making Give & Surf a better organization as our Development Coordinator!

DONATE


 

 

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Full length video released in BIO tomorrow! 
We cannot be more proud of Marialena Santos and all her accomplishments as a leader and teacher in Bahia Roja! 
This project was made possible thanks to @reef WE HEART program and @tyhaft ! Thank you REEF for coming down to Panama to make a difference in the local communities of Bocas del Toro. We spent an epic week with a crew of REEF employees that contributed not only this story, but a new playground for the Solarte Community! #WEHEART#GIVEANDSURF

Also special thanks to educationispower.net for making Marialena's dream to go to university and be a teacher possible! 🙏🙏🙏Help us ride 🏄 the strong 2017 support momentum into this year! 
Thanks for all you have done to help us and the Bocas community smile, learn and grow! 
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Learn more: give and surf.org/volunteer/ 📷: @barkerfoto with the @changingtidesfoundation Family!  #giveandsurf #panama #bocasdeltoro #giveback  #nonprofit #nonprofitlife #nonprofitorganization #volunteerlife #volunteer #volunteerabroad #volunteerwork #underwaterphotography #visitpanama #explore #surf #surfing #travel #grateful #givethanksJust one of the many small wonders in Bocas that inspire us. Blink and you'll miss it.  #giveandsurf #panama #bocasdeltoro #giveback  #nonprofit #nonprofitlife #nonprofitorganization #volunteerlife #volunteer #volunteerabroad #explore #surf #surfing #travel #nature #mindfulness #grateful #givethanksThe great thing about Give & Surf is that it allows us to get to know the community and people we are helping. We want to start introducing you to the kids that you help support on a regular basis  #TinyToroThursdays🐂

Come to Bocas del Toro for the gorgeous sunsets and Edi's smile! 
Join the family: http://giveandsurf.org  #giveandsurf #panama #bocasdeltoro #giveback  #nonprofit #nonprofitlife #nonprofitorganization #volunteerlife #volunteer #volunteerabroad #explore #preschool #kindergarten #surf #surfing #travel #grateful #givethanksThe learning and fun never ends when school does in Old Bank thanks to the @sunshineheroesfoundation community center! 
Keeping the kids engaged in mind and body, five days a week!  #giveandsurf #panama #bocasdeltoro #giveback  #nonprofit #nonprofitlife #nonprofitorganization #volunteerlife #volunteer #volunteerabroad #explore #surf #surfing #travel #education #grateful #givethanksThere are so many ways to get involved with Give and Surf. Choose your own adventure as a volunteer, intern, gap year student, or as a TEFL (Teach English as a Foreign Language) certified teacher!

Learn more at Giveandsurf.org  #giveandsurf #panama #bocasdeltoro #giveback  #nonprofit #nonprofitlife #nonprofitorganization #volunteerlife #volunteer #volunteerabroad #explore #surf #surfing #travel #bluewater #splash #swim #chooseyourownadventure #adventure #grateful #givethanksCross that resolution to live abroad off your list! Get TEFL certified in 2018 and have the opportunity to teach and live abroad!

Apply Today: http://giveandsurf.org/tefl  #giveandsurf #panama #bocasdeltoro #giveback  #nonprofit #nonprofitlife #nonprofitorganization #volunteerlife #volunteer #volunteerabroad #explore #surf #surfing #travel #tefl #grateful #givethanksAlert to Friends of San Diego! 
Pave the 🌊 of STOKE and donate that surfboard you didn’t use all 2017 to a very deserving future ripper in Panama! 🏄🏾‍♂️🏄🏾‍♂️🏄🏾‍♂️
Thanks to the king of stoke @yehudabenhamo we are doing a surfboard drive for the next few weeks so leave a comment or DM Yehuda to get the drop off info in Leucadia! #donateaboard #staystoked #pavethestoke #giveandsurfWalk to the other side of the bridge and join us for a gap year in 2018!

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