December 13, 2016 Neal From

Keepin’ That Bali Rollin’

Hey everybody, happy almost holidays. We’re midway through our second week of instruction on site in Keramas, Bali. Through our local contacts, we have managed to fill our classes to capacity! We are now teaching 50 kids every single day. Our students range in age from 5 to 17-prime at-risk ages.For our youngest students we are focusing on very basic water familiarization and safe entering and exiting strategies. For our older students we are continuing to work towards complete aquatic independence. Incorporating The Royal Life Saving Society’s curriculum has been a huge success and has enabled our students to progress rapidly. We are all very excited with their progress over just a couple lessons. Additionally, we’ve all learned some fun new games that help make class more fun for the students and instructors alike.In other news, we’re happy to report that our newest member of the team, Dylan Sohngen, is assimilating nicely and all of our students have taken to him very well. Most importantly, he is stoked to be helping out and his Bahasa is coming along. Over the next few weeks we’ll be having 2-3 more volunteers moving into the house to help out with day-to-day operations and swim instruction. The more students we have, the more instructors we need, so if you’re interested in volunteering, send an email to our volunteer coordinator Seamus.In order to keep all of our volunteers busy during off hours, we have begun to plan various activities. Hiking to nearby waterfalls, snorkeling in Padang Bai, Surfing at Kommune, checking out some of Bali’s beautiful white sand beaches, white water rafting the Ayung River, trips to Ubud and Conggu and the list goes on. It takes a lot to teach in and out of the water and we want all of our volunteers to know how important they are to our efforts here.swimdo, nonprofit, in bali indonesia teaching children how to swimIn other news, we recently received a hefty donation from The Kimelman Family Foundation for us to continue working to prevent child drowning. So a big thanks goes out to the Kimelman Family for their generosity. As many of you know, not a single one of us takes any wages from Swimdo so that our program has the largest impact it can possibly have. That means every donation that we receive goes directly towards our mission!In other news, we’re excited to have the awesome people at Mpowerd helping us to “shed light on child drowning in Indonesia.” They have generously donated a bunch of Luci Inflatable Solar Lights to help light our way around the house and when we explore marginalized communities in the future. So we’re really happy about that, and if you haven’t checked these babies out, they’re really great, water proof, powered by the sun, and we use them all the time. Check it out!So that’s it for me today, hope you’re doing well back States side or wherever you may be. From all of us at Swimdo, thank you for your continued support, we couldn’t do what we do without you.Sampai jumpa. -Neal