Each week after school the children participate in two surf sessions and three education classes, complemented by daily nutritious meals.
Surfing is the life and soul of Surfpop. As a sport, surfing connects the children with the beauty and power of the ocean. Each week the children join two team-focused surf sessions in Muizenberg that start with a yoga and fitness routine and are complemented by swimming lessons and breathing exercises. Surfing improves the children's physical health, boosts their mental wellbeing, perseverance and self-belief, promotes their prosocial behaviour and strengthens their resilience to the challenges in their communities. To nurture the love for the ocean, Surfpop organises monthly beach clean-ups with the children that educate them about the importance of caring for the environment.
“Sport has the power to change the world. It has the power to inspire. It has the power to unite people in a way that little else does. It speaks to youth in a language they understand. Sport can create hope where once there was only despair.”
– Nelson Mandela
Education is an important element of the Surfpop formula. Each week after school, the children attend two education classes. The children are supported with their homework and participate in high quality online learning programs focused on Maths, English and computer literacy. The programs are tailored to the individual learning level of each child and make learning fun and interactive. Each class starts with a short meditation.
The classroom sessions are complemented by vocational workshops and life coaching. Surfpop facilitates the workshops in partnership with local organisations and businesses. The workshops adopt a participatory approach to encourage the children to think critically, be creative and present and share what they have learned with others. These glimpses into different vocations open their eyes to a world of possibilities and dreams. Surfpop coaches the children to realize their dreams, by supporting them with their personal development and guiding them towards tertiary education or decent employment.
Before and after each surf or education session, Surfpop provides the children with a nutritious meal to give them an extra boost in the water and extra mental clarity when solving problems in the classroom. The meals are accompanied by nutrition education that teaches the children about the health benefits and origins of fruits, vegetables and other types of food.
To ensure long-lasting change, the children benefit from the three activities throughout their schooling, after which Surfpop supports them with entering tertiary education or obtaining a decent job. The affiliated volunteer and tourism business, which hosts Surfpop volunteers in Muizenberg and provides them with surf lessons and tours around the Cape Peninsula, and the wide network of Friends of Surfpop can provide for such job opportunities.
Reg No. (SA): NPO 222-386 & PBO 930066311
Reg No. (NL): RSIN 8600 14 538