It’s not everyday you get to teach surf lessons to a group of students who are preparing for an 8 month journey around the world, but on September 11, 2010 Bodhi Surf School was doing just that; group surf lessons on Uvita beach inside the Marino Ballena National Park with students from Thinking Beyond Borders. The surf lessons started in the early afternoon at Playa Uvita. Conditions were nice with cloudy skies and soft waves rolling through on the dropping tide. The surf lesson started with me providing a breakdown of surf safety and security. Later, the group lined up along the shoreline and learned techniques for popping up and getting in a surfing stance. Afterwards, the group was divided to maintain a low student to instructor ratio and ensure quality surf instruction. Finally the groups hit the surf for some excellent Costa Rica surfing. The lessons were so successful that the group rented surfboards for the whole week in order to “Awaken their inner surfer”.
What is Thinking Beyond Borders?
Thinking Beyond Borders is a non-profit organization that has developed a gap year program with the mission to empower youth as agents of proactive change by developing consciousness of global issues. The 8-month program starts in Costa Rica and continues through Ecuador, Peru, China, Cambodia, India, South Africa and ends in the United States where students spend six weeks processing and presenting their traveling discoveries and lessons learned about the world they visited.
Thinking Beyond Borders in Bahía Ballena-Uvita, Costa Rica
For two-weeks students are introduced to the Thinking Beyond Borders curriculum, participate in team building exercises, goal setting activities and safety training. During their free time they receive surf lessons and yoga with Bodhi Surf School, hike to local waterfalls, fly through the jungle with Osa Canopy and tour Cano Island Reserve with Bahia Aventuras. The group also enjoyed a friendly BBQ hosted by Bodhi Surf School photographer Ronald Guzman and a community walking tour of Bahía Ballena-Uvita where the group learned about the community’s history and its current socioeconomic and environmental development patterns.