The Women’s Outreach Mentorship Program (WOMP) provides underprivileged teenage girls the opportunity to improve their swimming skills, learn how to SUP and eventually surf, encourage them to grow personally and build strong bonds with each other using art and the ocean as tools.
The first-ever WOMP program has launched in the Afro-Caribbean community of Old Bank on the island Bastimentos located in the Bocas del Toro Archipelago in Panama. The initial program lasted 10 weeks, meeting two times a week throughout the Spring and Summer months but will now become a year-long event.
WOMP Bocas is administered by our local non-profit partner Give and Surf and is funded by Changing Tides Foundation. In June 2017, the Changing Tides Foundation Team traveled to Bocas del Toro to participate and engage with the participants of WOMP Bocas. While in Bocas, Give and Surf, CTF and BTSI collaborated on a 3-day women’s empowerment clinic to address gender inequality, body image and other cultural issues through art, photography and water sports and to document the WOMP program’s progress.
Students will be taught swimming, stand up paddleboarding, aquatics safety, marine ecology and eventually surfing!
The program's success has surpassed anyone's expectations and the crew has decided that this should be a year-long, continuous program, but we need your help! Help us keep the WOMP Bocas Program going by donating here!
If you are visiting Bocas del Toro on your holiday, you will also have the option to participate in one of Give and Surf's programs and serve naturally on your travels.
You can view more information about our #WOMPBocas project and donate here.