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Volunteer in Panama

Want to lead a group volunteer trip? Contact info@giveandsurf.org

Over the years we have hosted groups of volunteers from colleges, high schools, surf organizations, yoga retreats, film crews, corporate retreats, and group travel companies.  These groups have left a huge impact on the community through implementing large scale community development projects. We are able to coordinate all your needs in Bocas del Toro: travel, accommodations, food, volunteer projects, and activities.



March/April 2017: Surf, Explore, and Help Build an Elementary School with Surf For Life!



July 8th-15th Sustainable Surf & Cultural Immersion Trip



July 22nd-29th Sustainable Surf & Cultural Immersion Trip


Croft Global Travel of Washington D.C. (2011, playground)

Matuse Wetsuits of San Diego, California (2011, playground and beach clean up)

Students Without Borders Academy of British Columbia, Canada  (2012, Library construction)

SAGE group (2011)

Michigan State University (2013, community garden)

Dunbarton High School of Pickering, Ontario (2013, 2 bathroom/septic tanks, community garbage clean up, classroom repairs)

The Linden School of Toronto, Ontario (2013, community field day)

Gill St. Bernards School of Gladstone, New Jersey (2013, school construction for Bahia Roja)

Students Without Borders Academy (2014, dock construction, school painting)

Groundswell Educational Travel and SDSU (2014, college course in sustainable surf tourism)

Keene State College (2014, baseball field construction, carpentry projects, and school painting)

Surfline and VISSLA (2014 supporting SOMP: surf outreach mentorship program)

Sustain the Stoke (2015)

Students Without Borders Academy (2015, supporting transportation of 136 students)

Surfline and VISSLA (2015, supporting SOMP: surf outreach mentorship program)

Marin Catholic High School (2015, Bahia Roja walkway and new school construction support)

Camby Church Group (2015)

Surf for Life (2015, new elementary school building constructed in Bahia Roja)

Sunshine Heroes Foundation (2015, funded a new community center in Bastimentos town)

Surf for Life (2016, new preschool building constructed in Bocas del Drago)

Surf for Life (2017, preschool room in Isla Cristobal)

Carl von Mertens & Co (2017, new community center in Isla Cristobal)

Travel and Leisure on Reserve Channel

PBS with Peter Greenberg Worldwide

24 Bits from Panama City

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]
Eve Encinitas [@eveencinitas]
Ironsmith Coffee Roasters [@ironsmithcoffee]
Harvest Peace [@harvestpeace]
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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