We are collaborating with Give and Surf, a non-profit organization based in Bocas del Toro, Panama, in order to develop a Girls Swim and Stand Up Paddle program to be launched in 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, encourage them to grow personally, and help them build strong relationships with their peers.
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.
Sri Lanka, formerly known as Ceylon, located just south east of India and north east of the Maldives, is a small island nation known as “the pearl of the indian Ocean.” It is a country of inspiring beauty, culture, tradition.
After the 26 year civil war and the devastating Boxing Day tsunami in 2004, from which the country gained the most international attention, the country is now stabilized and re-building. The result of the tumultuous history is that this tropical paradise has been largely overlooked by travelers and it has become an off the beaten path destination waiting to be discovered.
However, in a developing country of over 20 million people, Sri Lanka faces many challenges. Many people lack access to clean water, sanitation, and education. As foreigners start to permeate the island and enjoy all of the riches it has to offer, there is much opportunity for travelers to give back to this tiny island community. The Buddhist and Hindu people are incredibly kind and will welcome you with open arms to this remarkable place.