Last winter Jetset Times set out to explore Panama City and Bocas del Toro and bring home a stellar Guide to Getaway, Panama. In search of a “Giver” organization that would captivate our readers, our creative team journeyed into the island archipelago of Bocas del Toro to visit schools built by Give and Surf, a non-profit organization created by New Jersey native Neil Christiansen.
Give and Surf promotes early education for children in local indigenous communities by building schools and libraries, organizing curriculum for volunteers to teach, and hosting after-school and language programs. They seek to fill the gap in resources that exists for communities that are peripheral to the government sanctioned schools on the main island. Neil’s philosophy is that to make a difference, work should be done locally. In turn, the leaders at Give and Surf have spent years embedding the organization in the community in a way that is both sustainable and works towards progress. There is nothing like seeing a student succeed.
Jetset Times has partnered with Give and Surf in order to continuously act on our belief that traveling is the best form of education, and that education is a right, not a privilege. Our “Fuel The Future” fundraiser aims to raise funds specifically for fueling the boat that takes the children and volunteers to school each day. Fuel is not only vital every day for the organization; it is also their greatest expense. We hope that in sharing our support for Give and Surf, our readers will join us in fueling the boats and facilitating safe transport for the children to and from school.
Make a tax-deductible donation through our Fuel The Future fundraiser.