Surf Strong
99% Rating
(7 Reviews)

Surf Strong

Surf Strong is a youth development organization working on the beautiful beaches of El Salvador. We work with at-risk youth, those that typically pass much of their time in the streets, and teach them to surf. With surfing, they are able to develop their mental, emotional, and physical strength in a safe and secure environment. It is our belief, that by removing these kids from the streets, they have the opportunity to grow in a healthy, balanced way, free from drugs and violence. Surf Strong also introduces our participants into the tourism industry via our surf school, teaching them how to interact and excel within that environment.

Most Recent Program Reviews

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Maggie
Female
24 years old
Vermont
Syracuse University

AMAZING!

10/10

I worked at Surf Strong with Sarah and Jerson, for ten days. In that short amount of time I was able to see all the amazing things they were doing, but also there incredible aspirations to do more. Sarah is a great manager, of not only the program but also the residential part of the non-profit. Jerson is a hilarious and kind surf instructor, and they both work extremely well with kids. I would recommend staying at Surf Strong, the accommodations are comfortable, and it will help you get the most out of your experience. During my stay there we taught english at a local youth center, and then taught the children how to surf. Don't worry if you don't have any surfing background, as I didn't either. Jerson will teach you all you need to know! The beach of Playa San Blas, was incredible. It was so beautiful, and safe. The town, La Libertad, where you can go to eat, shop and experience the location culture, also felt very safe. There are different excursion you can go on during your stay at Surf Strong. In no way are you stuck at the program, Sarah is very helpful if you want to travel around to different locations while there. The town El Tunco about 15 minutes away, has more of a night life scene if that is something you are interested in. The work the Sarah and Jerson have been able to complete in 5 months is truly amazing. They are wonderful people, really trying to do there best for the community. Both Sarah and Jerson are easy to talk with, and they both try hard to make personal connections with you. I would highly recommended this program, and I am eager to see what they accomplish in the future.

How can this program be improved?

Honestly for such a new program I have no complaints. If the program had access to both more funding and help, I believe they would be able to grow the program, and accomplish even more than they have been able to.

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Addie
Female
24 years old
St. Albans, Vermont
Clemson University

Trip of a Lifetime!

10/10

I had the opportunity to spend ten days at Surf Strong and I enjoyed every second of it. The staff and other volunteers were incredible and it was such a great feeling to be able to help out not only with the kids in the program but also help around the Surf Strong grounds. Although my Spanish is not the best I was able to teach English to the kids and also some basic surfing. I would highly recommend volunteering to anyone and I would go back myself in a heartbeat.

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Leilani
Female
24 years old
St. Albans, Vermont
Gannon University

Great Experience

9/10

I went down to work at Surf Strong with two of my friends and it was an amazing experience. It was the perfect balance of work and play. We were able to help the program in many different ways, and seeing the impact Surf Strong has on the kids is priceless. Even though our spanish was not the strongest, we were still able to have a lot of fun with the kids we worked with and helped them in the water learning the basics of surfing. We also had plenty of free time to enjoy the area, taking advantage of the free surf lessons and board rentals ourselves. One of the days we weren't working with the kids, we were able to visit an amazing set of waterfalls and went cliff jumping. The whole trip was fantastic, I would definitely recommend it to anyone who has the opportunity to go.

How can this program be improved?

This was my first experience volunteering with a program like this, and I was completely satisfied with Surf Strong

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Surf Strong
Surf Strong is a surf school and youth center which works with local at-risk youth. We provide surf lessons free of charge to...