There’s a great saying we came across at SwimTayka which goes “one language sets you in a corridor for life. Two languages open every door along the way” and this is spot on when it comes to the project we partner with in Peru.
Itacare, Southern Bahia in Brazil is one of the top destinations for surfers and tourists from around the world with miles of white-sand beaches and turquoise water. Located where the rainforest and the Atlantic meet, this beautiful city is known for its lively nightlife, welcoming people, and tranquil nature.
Just another day at the office for Mozambique volunteers
The expression ‘thrown in at the deep end’ certainly applies to SwimTayka volunteers, taking part in our swimming project in Mozambique.
Did you know more than six million people visit Bali each year? They have a great holiday, see a few sights and go home refreshed. But how much do they really learn about the Indonesian culture, or how fantastic, and warm and welcoming the people are?
An exciting opportunity has emerged to support the start-up of new international programmes. This is a high profile programme supporting existing and new programmes around the world. The Programme Manager is the key person responsible for the successful managing of the new SwimTayka programmes.
Our children from SwimTayka Peru visited the Peruvian Sea Institute (IMARPE) in Huanchaco and we talk with a Marine Biologist. The children learned about the types of animals that live in the ocean from the shore to the depths, they were also able to observe dissected animals such as sharks, penguins, swordfish, gulls and a baby dolphin.
How in the world, in a country composed of over 700 islands, can fewer than 20 per cent of the children know how to swim? It’s not as though I’m talking about inhospitable, cold waters but rather the warm, amazingly clear and blue waters of the Bahamas.
Drowning deaths in the Bahamas are the second leading cause of accidental death, with only traffic accidents causing more. The rate of drowning per 100,000 inhabitants is six times greater than in the United States, and an astounding 17 times higher than in the United Kingdom.
The children and families loved the programme! Several children and family members shared stories about the transition of some children from being scared to put their face into the water, to being strong swimmers at the end of the course. Numerous children said that SwimTayka was their favourite programme out of everything that ETIV-do-Brasil offers, and they keep asking when and if the swimming classes are going to happen again.
The SwimTayka Project is done for this year in Itacaré, Brazil. ETIV-do-Brasil organised a final massive celebration in Ribeira Beach, where more than 80 children had the opportunity to practice the skills they gained during the course. They got to swim in open water with the supervision of our fantastic SwimTayka teachers and volunteers. Everyone had a great time and we are so thankful to SwimTayka for helping them bring this incredible opportunity to the children of Itacaré!