We are collaborating with Give and Surf, a non-profit in Bocas del Toro, Panama, in order to develop a Women's Outreach Mentorship Program (WOMP) and we will start with a Girls Swim and Stand Up Paddle program in the Spring of 2017. The program will provide the underprivileged teenage girls in the community the opportunity to improve their swimming skills, learn how to stand up paddle board and eventually surf, encourage them to grow personally, and help them build strong relationships with their peers.
The Changing Tides Foundation team along with Beyond the Surface International will visit Bocas del Toro in June 2017 for a women's empowerment clinic in order to address gender inequality issues, encourage participation and support, implement clean water filtration systems and document the progress of the WOMP program.
The program will meet two mornings a week for two hours each day. Students will be taught swimming, stand up paddleboarding, aquatics safety, marine ecology and eventually surfing! The program will be led by the Give and Surf staff team with the support of international volunteers that stay with them throughout the year.
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.