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Volunteer

Thank you for your interest in volunteering with us!

We share a commitment to building equity in access to the ocean, amplifying the voices of surfers of color, and taking care of the earth.  

By becoming a Brown Girl Surf volunteer, you are becoming a crucial part of our community and our movement. 

Brown Girl Surf does a volunteer intake once per year, during the January/February months. After our intake we have a series of volunteer trainings and workshops to build volunteer skills and connections. You may submit an application outside of our intake timeline; however, applications will not be reviewed until the Winter. We will contact you once our process is complete to let you know of your acceptance status!

A note to prospective volunteers:

Brown Girl Surf works to create learning spaces for our participants and for our staff.  As a volunteer you are not expected to come to the beach as an expert, but rather we invite you to come as both a learner and a teacher! We welcome diverse perspectives and experiences and believe that all of us have something to contribute, and that we are all able to learn something new – either from each other or the ocean – each time we come together. 

BGS HAS VOLUNTEER POSITIONS FOR FOLKS WHO WANT TO:

  • find and deepen their ocean community with like-minded folks

  • improve their surf skills and ocean comfortability

  • share their ocean knowledge with and learn from our community

  • engage in our equity and advocacy work to continue increasing inclusion, diversity, and joy in the surf community

WHAT VOLUNTEERS CAN EXPECT FROM US:

  • a safe, inclusive, and joyous space that welcomes folks from ALL backgrounds and ALL surf expereinces

  • a container for healing and growth both in and out of the water

  • resources to expand surfing knowledge and experience including gear, additional instruction, and connection to other community surf organizations

  • the invitation to bring your induvidual style, practices, wisdom, and interests into program creation and delivery

WE INVITE VOLUNTEERS WHO:

  • can commit to upholding a safe and inclusive space for our community members, participants, their families, and beyond

  • are willing to learn and use trauma-informed practices to deliver Brown Girl Surf values and mind-body-ocean curriculum

  • recognize the power and privlege that their identities may hold and a willingness to center and uplift our female-identified & gender expansive surfers of color