Swimming lessons are a special treat for the whole community of Huanchaco, Trujillo on the coast of Northern Peru. Not just kids, but even adults join in. Drowning is a worldwide epidemic among children and especially those in developing countries.
It’s an alarming statistic. More than 2,000 children drown every year in Vietnam and it’s the leading cause of child death. But one man is on a mission to turn this figure around and with his organisation he’s already making progress.
Meet Graham Buckley, whose love of the water turned into a passion to teach children to swim.
One thing we love about SwimTayka is the wonderful people we get to meet across the world.
So we’d like to introduce Paul, who works with our partner Otra Cosa Network (OCN). OCN’s focus is teaching English to Peruvian youngsters living in Huanchaco, as well as running programmes on literacy, environmental awareness and swimming – which is where we come in.
In October of 2020, Central Vietnam experienced unprecedented relentless storms. The typical rainy season usually only lasts for about 2 months with an average of 5 or 6 storms. Last year, the country saw 14 typhoons and tropical storms cause extreme flooding in many regions taking over 200 lives.
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.
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.