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Behind Give And Surf: Why I Chose To Be An Ambassador

BY BEATRIZ GOMES

Beatriz Gomes profile

Give and Surf is an organization Jetset Times is incredibly passionate about. Last year, we traveled to Panama’s Bocas del Toro islands, witnessed a group of young indigenous children receiving outstanding education from G&S. We were so moved by their international volunteers that we asked them to tell their stories. Many have traveled thousands of miles from their hometowns to be involve and teach Panamanian children who otherwise would never have a chance of receiving higher education. 

Meet Beatriz Gomes from Brazil, who volunteered earlier in 2014 and is hoping to return and help again this winter. I hope her positive spirit and experience can inspire to make a difference in your own communities. Xo, Wendy 

I am Brazilian. I live in São Paulo, the largest city in the country. Unfortunately, social inequality is something that echoes through my town and I am accustomed to stumbling this reality. I had already participated in some social projects in my country, but none have been as intense as this. It was the first time that I left my city life completely to immerse myself into the reality of an indigenous, island community of Bocas del ToroPanama. I swapped the comfort of my apartment for a house in the jungle, where I had no hot water or electricity. I gave up my shoes and walked barefoot, I dropped my car, bus and metro to adopt the maritime transport as my new commute.

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During the period that I spent in Panama I gave 100% of myself to each of the projects: from developing lessons, formulating ideas and organizing the materials. I enjoyed every minute of it, and Bocas del Toro is a piece of paradise. Its natural beauty makes you appreciate the earth even more, but what made me happier was to know that I was giving back to the people who reside there. If I could get one smile from a child a day, it was worth more than a thousand thanks. My contentment is so great that it makes it difficult for me to describe how much the work that I did with Give and Surf changed the way I see my life now. It was an encounter of sensations that were beyond my satisfaction of helping others, but also to meet whom I am personally, to discover myself. I learned to appreciate the small things, to reaffirm my values and the belief that actually, you do not need much to be happy, and that satisfaction is in the little things.

I am so thankful that I had the opportunity to participate in this project at such a young age, it changed my outlook, and now I see that I want to distribute this lesson that I learned in a small community of Panama to many places I will pass in my lifetime.

Jetset Times has partnered with Give and Surf in order to continuously act on our belief that traveling is the best form of education, and that education is a right, not a privilege. Learn more about our “Fuel The Future” fundraiser and donate. Please visit here

Beatriz Gomes brushing teeth

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 Photos: Beatriz Gomes
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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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