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Pre-Volunteer Application

Give & Surf is a volunteer-driven organization that invites both individuals and groups to join us in Panama for short or long-term stays.  As a volunteer, your time may be limited, but the impact you make is vital to the success of the community and Give & Surf’s programs.  As a volunteer, you will spend Monday-Friday mornings on-site assisting with our educational classes and recreational programs.  Your exact role as a volunteer will be determined by your passions/interests, experience working with kids, level of Spanish, and length of stay.  Whether it’s assisting our teachers lead an activity or designing a new program to serve an unmet community need, your help will improve the lives of all the children and families we serve!

Volunteers are primarily housed in our “jungle” house on the island of Bastimentos. Lodging here allow volunteers to enjoy the serene beauty and peacefulness of the jungle and islands while still remaining just a short water-taxi ride away from Bocas Town.

Panama Volunteer Fees

*Volunteers are welcome to join for any length of time. The fees will be prorated accordingly to the length of stay.

What’s Included?

  • Pre-trip and project preparations, communications, and all email/phone support
  • Ocean front accommodations
  • Lunch in the community Monday through Friday
  • *All Breakfasts in 2018
  • Transportation to community, town, and nearby beaches
  • Volunteer coordinator assisting with program orientation and guides with local knowledge
  • Coordination and facilitation of volunteer projects
  • Use of snorkel equipment, surfboards, and stand up paddle boards
  • Surf trips to Carenero Point and Black Rock
  • One surf lesson by Mono Loco Surf School

What’s NOT Included?

  • Tours and activities provided by third party tour providers
  • Dinners and weekend lunches
  • “Out on the town” expenses
  • Laundry services

Volunteer Registration Process

To sign up we require that all volunteers complete the following information to reserve their spot on the team.

Initial step: Complete Volunteer Application above.

Follow up: Give & Surf staff will contact you & arrange a Skype or phone conversation to answer your questions, discuss volunteer expectations, and review the planning process and trip details.

Upon acceptance into Give & Surf’s volunteer program:

  1. Complete Registration Form.
  2. Book international flight to/from Panama City and email itinerary to info@giveandsurf.org.
  3. Pay $300 non-refundable deposit via PayPal to info@giveandsurf.org or via wire transfer.
  4. Sign up for travel insurance (recommended). Our preferred travel insurance provider and partner is World Nomads.
  5. Create Razoo fundraising page (optional).
  6. Review volunteer documents, including FAQs, trip packet, & teaching information found below.
  7. Final balance is due on or before your arrival date.

Information for Volunteers

FAQ Document

Volunteer Teaching Information

Volunteer Trip Packet

Packing Checklist

Sample Itinerary

Liability Waiver

BE THE BUBBLE YOU WISH TO SEE IN THE WORLD! #tuesdaysbubblegoals at Escuelita!It is with heavy hearts that we have to say goodbye to long term volunteer Marina @marinaniggli who spent the last two months with us! Marina took time off from her life in Switzerland to come and spread the love to our kids, learn to surf, free dive, practice spanish and english, and had the trip of a lifetime! Thanks for everything Marina!!! We can’t wait till you come back!
#panama #bocasdeltoro #giveback  #nonprofit #nonprofitlife #nonprofitorganization #volunteerlife #volunteer #volunteerabroad #explore #surf #surfing #travel #grateful #givethanksFrom Panama to your home we wish you a 🎂 filled weekend! #giveandsurfInherent in all children is a love for going to the beach so we make sure all of our programs offer amazing field trips to the beaches of Bocas! 
As you can see the niños y niñas of Bahia Roja had a blast yesterday with the Give & Surf crew! #giveandsurf ...
📸: @shwam_i_amField trip to treasured coasts with SOMP: a Surf 🏄🏽 Outreach Mentorship Program for teenagers that connects them to one another and nature through their love for the 🌊 and surf! 
Led by adventure extraordinaire Drew aka @guacamole13 
#giveandsurfThe Great Unknown of Bocas and its beauty hidden behind the mangroves! #giveandsurfIt makes us proud to give over 50 students the opportunity to continue their education through our continued education scholarship program! #giveandsurf#Repost @minivanphotography
In the early 1500s, the ancestors of these children were visited by Columbus and were able to defeat him. Over 500 years later, the Ngobe people are still battling infringement on their land that is causing them extreme poverty, a lack of education, and a loss of their culture. This Indigenous Peoples Day, recognize that the effects of imperialism are still destructive and research non profit organizations like @giveandsurf who are working hard to improve the lives of indigenous people. #IndigenousPeoplesDayMay you never outgrow bubbles! #giveandsurfSee you tomorrow San Diego! @indigo_festivalOur first TEFL: Teach English as a Foreign Language graduate, Shane, putting his skills to work during English class in Bahia Honda ✨! ....
Link in bio to check out this program and sign up for an upcoming TEFL course! #giveandsurfProud to be a part of this upcoming documentary release at 7 at @indigo_festival ✨! A short documentary by Jenny Farhat, @jennyfarhat, and founder Neil Christiansen that tells the stories of unconventional folks in Panama finding happiness in the simple things! 
Stories include past Give and Surf employee Szymon, our partners La Loma Jungle Lodge, Rutilio Milton, Neil, and Fernando! #giveandsurf

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