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We are a social enterprise seeking to empower and inspire Nicaraguan girls through surfing, swimming, and education.

The journey to change the world starts with one girl.

We believe every girl deserves the opportunity to have fun while dreaming big. We also believe that surfing, swimming, and educational workshops are powerful tools of social change.

This is why we founded Sirenitas de Popoyo.

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Surf Lessons

We provide a safe space for girls to challenge and overcome personal barriers. In each surf session, we make sure to encourage each Sirenita to be wild, free, and enjoy the magic of being a girl.

Swimming Lessons

Many of the girls joined the program with little to no swimming experience. When the surfing conditions aren't great, we turn to the pool and practice water safety and the necessary swimming skills.


We organize monthly workshops that range from sexual education to body image. Through these, we help the girls plan their life goals and how to reach them We also sponsor them to learn English, computer skills and Tae Kwando.

See what the Sirenitas have to say

"The group of the Sirenitas during these 5 years has been an incredible experience since with the programs and workshops I have learned new things such as English, computers, and Taekwondo. I have also met new places and incredible people, it has helped me with self-control, to others in need and especially it has taught me to never give up and if I fall I get up to continue and fight for my dreams, I am super grateful to the group of the Sirenitas!"– Meghan G., Sirenita since 2017

"Thanks to the Sirenitas, I have met people who love surfing, they have given me the opportunity to get to know places, and make friends that I appreciate very much, and thanks to the support of my instructors who encourage me to keep going and never give up."– Elva U., Sirenita since 2021

See what our volunteers have to say

"I can't think of a better way to empower girls than challenging them through surf. Learning abilities in the water that are useful in day-to-day life. Discipline, self-improvement, leadership, and consistency are all thanks to Sirenitas de Popoyo's work."

- Ana Umaña

"After 5 years watching these girls grow, it's been incredible to watch them go from terrified to now glowing with pride and self-confidence every time they're in the ocean. It's so powerful to see what a big impact this program has had on these girls and energizing to think of the women they will become."

- Annie Dabrowski


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Meet Our Team

Alejandra Arostegui

Workshop Coordinator

Ana Talavera

Swim Coach

Francela Palacio

Program Coordinator

Odile Valenzuela


Johanna Guzmán

Sirenita Mom and Volunteer


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