From Alberni to Nicaragua

Local teacher Dave Montgomery is looking for a few good people who want to surf and do some humanitarian work at the same time.

Local teacher Dave Montgomery is looking for a few good people who want to surf and do some humanitarian work at the same time.

If you like surfboarding, Central America and are interested in humanitarian work then a local teacher has an opportunity for you.

An information session is being held on Sunday, June 12 at Char’s Landing on Argyle Street. Start time is 7:30 p.m.

Alberni Valley teacher Donald Montgomery owns and operates Monty’s Surf Camp in Jiquilillo, Nicaragua.

The camp was previously a private resort that accommodated up to 40 people who would have fun on the sandy beaches and surf the area’s warm waters.

The area is stricken with crushing poverty though, and Montgomery saw an opportunity to try and help.

The facility now participates in several humanitarian projects involving everything from repairing classrooms to assisting with an area medical clinic and feeding centre.

Montgomery’s initiative also works with an orphanage as well as a women’s cooperative.

Medical professionals who stay at the camp often donate one day of their services to the facilities.

Local educators Annie Dufort and Kama Money are participating in the intitiative.

And Jim Seredick is donating baseball equipment to a children’s league the facility runs.

The facility has two dates for people to participate: Aug. 10-19 and Aug. 19-30.

The sessions are not limited to students.

reporter@albernivalleynews.com