The role of the SwimTayka trustee

At SwimTayka, we greatly appreciate the hard work our trustees put into supporting our drowning prevention charity. The skills and knowledge they bring are invaluable.

Here we chat to one of our newest trustees, Ben Freeman, about why he joined, what the role of trustee entails and whether he’d recommend it to others (luckily for us, he would!)

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Championing swimming for children in Peru

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.

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Meet Millie: powering up projects, and bringing va-va-voom to volunteering

At SwimTayka we are all about supporting existing projects in locations around the world, which are already working with the local community. What we bring is our volunteer swim instructors, to create a swim programme or to support a swim programme that a project already runs.

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Super helpful Elia

Super helpful Elia, he supports the swimming lessons every morning! He gets in the pool with the trainer Daniel, no matter if there is rain or sun and helps to encourage each one of the children so that they can learn to swim! With a smile on his face and kindness, he influences the children positively!

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Training teachers in Tanzania was fun and rewarding

For anyone who lives in a country like the UK or US, becoming a swimming teacher is pretty straightforward. If you have the time and a relatively small amount of money you can find a whole number of courses to become qualified. In places such as Zanzibar however it’s a completely different scenario. It is hard enough to learn how to swim there, let alone be in a position to teach.

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Splashing out this summer

THE children of Bimini can now enjoy the stunning marine environment that surrounds them with increased safety and confidence thanks to a groundbreaking partnership led by Save The Bays.

The environmental advocacy group partnered with SwimTayka and Waterkeepers Bahamas to offer free swim and lifeguard training to young Biminites, who responded enthusiastically and in considerable numbers to the opportunity to increase their self-assurance in and around the water.

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(unpaid volunteer position)

Role Objectives

To provide administrative support to the co-founders of the organisation

Develop organisations knowledge & provide support of an international NGO/Charity

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Volunteer in Mexico

We are please to announce our Mexico project for this year.  This is a four week project, from 14th July – 17th August, for volunteers with some experience in international travel, and who are willing to try to something new.

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Swimming Instructors and Environmental Educators needed

We are currently looking for 4 volunteers to support our Peru programme in January – February


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Swimming lesson with the children of Peru

Swimming lessons at home in the UK are part of the school curriculum and usually supplemented with private lessons.  I must admit, being able to swim was something I took for granted until I arrived in Huanchaco, Peru.

Otra Cosa Network arranged for swimming lessons to be provided for the children of El Comedor during the summer holidays by Bryan Avery.  Bryan is a volunteer with a passion for swimming and a keen interest in teaching this skill.

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