Give & Surf's Alternative Spring Break: Building a Preschool Classroom

Bocas del Toro, Bocas del Toro Province, Panama

Emily Talentino
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Mar 11 - 18, 2017
Group size: 6-10
Give & Surf's Alternative Spring Break: Building a Preschool Classroom
Bocas del Toro, Bocas del Toro Province, Panama

Emily Talentino
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Deposit: $300
Mar 11 - 18, 2017
Group size: 6-10

About this trip

Give and Surf is a small, volunteer driven nonprofit organization that empowers the local indigenous communities of Bocas del Toro, Panama through education and community development.  Bocas del Toro is a beautiful archipelago off the Caribbean coast of Panama that has beautiful beaches, amazing surf breaks, and a myriad of outdoor activities & adventures to participate in!  Hundreds of volunteers from around the world visit us each year to help with our programs, be immersed in the local culture, and enjoy the world class surf breaks. 

Starting this March, we need help constructing a new preschool & kindergarten classroom in the San Cristobal Village!  No previous construction experience necessary.  This alternative college spring break trip will give participants 
a culturally immersive experience in which they will work side-by-side with the community to help build the new school.  Mornings will be spent volunteering at the construction site and the afternoons will be filled with surfing, beach time & other excursions around the beautiful Bocas del Toro islands.

When living in remote island communities, we often face unpredictable situations, such as rainy weather conditions, power outages, and other challenges, that may result in changes to the itinerary below. The projects and activities to help with will vary throughout the year. We will do our best to adapt schedules to ensure that participants get to experience everything we have planned.

What’s included

  • 7 nights accommodation in Bocas del Toro, Panama (hostel-style accommodations)
  • All breakfasts & lunches, plus 3 group dinners; water or soda with each meal (mix of community meals and local restaurants) 
  • In-country Give & Surf staff person and local guides upon arrival in Bocas del Toro 
  • Give & Surf staff support is available 24/7 in the event of an emergency 
  • Local transportation in Bocas del Toro (water taxis, taxis) 
  • Included excursions:   
  • Full day sailing & snorkeling trip
  • Jungle Hike & Cave Tour 
  • Beach excursions & hikes  
  • Surf Lesson

Not included

  • International or domestic airfare or transportation to/from Bocas del Toro 
  • Travel medical/emergency insurance (Give & Surf does carry a general liability insurance policy) 
  • Meals, snacks, drinks outside of the included meals. No alcoholic beverages are included. 

Before You Go

Please review frequently asked questions, suggested packing lists, and other helpful information on our website:

Flight information:
  • International flights should be booked to/from Panama City’s international Tocumen Airport (PTY). Please arrive on March 11th before 12pm. Please depart on Saturday March 18th after 1pm. 
  • Domestic flights should be booked on Air Panama from Panama City’s Albrook Airport (PAC) to Bocas del Toro (BOC) for the following days & times if possible: 
  • Saturday, March 11th 3:30pm 
  • Saturday, March 18th 8:00am 
  • Participants are welcome to extend their stay or book other flights but may be responsible for coordinating their own transportation upon their arrival in Bocas.  
  • Give & Surf is happy to make recommendations on where to stay & eat and what to do if staying in Panama City before or after your trip as well as help coordinate transportation between airports. 

Available options

Single Room Upgrade


Day 1
Welcome & Community Stay
A Give & Surf Trip Leader will greet you upon your arrival in Bocas del Toro and get you settled at your hostel or bed & breakfast. Give& Surf staff and community leaders will give you a brief orientation and host a group welcome dinner.