Waves of Hope has been providing local English classes three times a week to children and adults since 2009 and since 2016, Waves of Hope has been sponsoring a three-part arts program that has been running classes twice a week for music, visual arts and dance.
A general lack of access to extra curricular learning activities. We focus on English due to the rapid increase of tourism in the area.
We strongly feel that the successful implementation of a long-term sustainable english & arts program will no doubt have profound impact on future generations. After witnessing the positive changes that the introduction of surfing had on the youth culture here, it became clear to us that encouraging and facilitating extracurricular activities in poor rural areas can create something important for the youth on which to focus their energy and creativity.
We are already seeing the impact of these programs. Students who have come through our English programs are sought after for high paying hotel and tour guiding jobs. Three of our graduates are actually teachers in our programs now. Arts students are being offered entertainment contracts at various hotels as well. This is not all about employment but it does give our students a path to earn some income from something they are passionate about.