Surfing Nosara Foundation

In Nosara we have beautiful beaches, clean waves and a tropical climate. While many tourists come to enjoy the ‘jungle’ surroundings, surf, practice yoga and relax, they never realize that tucked behind the beauty in Nosara hide small, poor schools that need our help.

Most of the schools in Nosara have bare-concrete floors. Some have hazardous wires, unfinished construction, and other dangers to the children. Some don’t even have a safe lunchroom for the kids to eat in. Most schools do not have a playground, not even a swing set. Students must share textbooks, or copy text from a chalkboard when there is only one book to share. Paper, notebooks, pens, pencils- basic school supplies that we take for granted are very precious in Nosara.

Who are we?

The Surfing Nosara Foundation was founded to help improve the public schools in Nosara, ‘one project at a time’. We help to fix hazardous electric wires, complete abandoned construction projects, and bring supplies to the schools. With your help, we can continue to make a difference in the lives of the children in Nosara.

What do we do?

We plant gardens, we build lunchrooms and living quarters for teachers, we bring trash bins to encourage cleaner school yards; we facilitate renovation projects to improve local schools. We work in conjunction with all individual local schools to assess projects, which we fund on a most-need basis.

Our dream?

To build more classrooms, playgrounds, and new schools. Help make our dream a reality.

What can you do?

Coming down for a vacation? Want to help our local community?

It’s easy! Here’s what you can do:

Our schools lack many basic supplies, including: notebooks, white paper, construction paper, pens, pencils, erasers, scissors, glue, crayons, colored pencils, geometry sets, chalk, whiteboard markers, etc. When you see a sale, stock up!

Help enrich our classrooms by bringing these stationary items, puzzles, counting sets, blocks, simple bilingual picture books, clay/playdough, art and craft supplies, calculators….get creative! All new or gently used materials will be accepted with open arms.
If you can, pack gently worn clothing, shoes, backpacks, etc. (men, women, and children) in the extra space in your luggage.

All of these items would be a huge help for local schools and families.


The Surfing Nosara Foundation is a volunteer-based, registered non-profit in Costa Rica, ID# 3-006-616731. Our mission is to improve the lives of the residents of Nosara and surrounding areas by affecting change in the public schools and the community ‘one project at a time.’ We are affiliated with the 501(c)3 non-profit ‘Friends of Nosara’, making your US based donation tax deductible.

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With your help, we can continue to make a difference in the lives of the children in Nosara. Thank you so much for your help!


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