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.
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.