ABOUT US

About Us

Wonders Around the World is a fast-growing international and independent non-profit organization. Our team consists of highly professional builders, architects, engineers, entrepreneurs and skateboarders who volunteer to develop skateparks around the world where parks are not present. As individuals, we represent some of the leading companies in the world of skatepark construction. Our organization was established after numerous years of delivering skateparks in our local countries for government organizations. Wonders Around the World have had the fortune of delivering 9 international projects around the world.

Our Mission

Wonders Around the World is a fast-growing international and independent non-profit organization. Our team consists of highly professional builders, architects, engineers, entrepreneurs and skateboarders who volunteer to develop skateparks around the world where parks are not present. As individuals, we represent some of the leading companies in the world of skatepark construction. Our organization was established after numerous years of delivering skateparks in our local countries for government organizations. Wonders Around the World have had the fortune of delivering 9 international projects around the world.

How We Do It

We seek out environments that are lacking in sports infrastructure and youth spaces. With our team of professional staff we develop designs, construction plans, bill of quantities, timelines and presentations. Once the land and budget are secured we construct the skatepark in collaboration with the local communities. When the park is finished we install a free skateboard and safety gear loaner program with the locals help to ensure everyone has access to skate. We involve the locals as much as possible in everything we do, in the hope of passing on skills and making them independent, so they can further develop their own scene in the future.

WHY SKATEBOARDING

Inclusion​

Skateboarding builds human connections. Everyone is welcome in a skatepark, all ages, levels, genders, ethnicities and so on. The skateboarding community is known for its support and mentorship for one another. That is  another reason why skateboarding is so popular as it creates connections. It will take anyone, as long as you have heart and an ability to share. In a world full of dividing, skateboarding has the power of bringing people together. Whether active or passive use, its everyone’s space to utilise.

Expression

In skateboarding, there are no divisions, leagues, weight classes, teams and so on. There are no parents, coaches, referees or teachers, except the other skateboarders. Skateboarding teaches you that in order to succeed – you have to fail. You have to push yourself into the unknown and to the limit of your capabilities in order to one day master something. Skateboarding teaches you about life -about self-development and discipline. There is no better way to obtain that than through having fun with your friends.

Outcome

The return on investment in a skatepark is incredible – outcomes of the inherent social and health benefits of active play, from a facility that costs almost nothing to run and maintain. This is a stark contrast to the majority of sports facilities presented to the youth around the world, all of which have higher staffing and physical maintenance needs than a durable concrete park. Most importantly they are free for all members of the community to use. Our experience shows that skateparks offer a long term installation for a minimal investment.

WAW IS FOR THE CHILDREN

Dependency

We’re all dependent creatures. It’s easy to play it tough now and overdo our autonomy and independence. Infants are a reminder that no one made themselves. And therefore, that we’re heavily in someone’s debt (and should perhaps call our mother). It is striking is how generous we are in our interpretations when an infant is sad or acts out. It would at times be quite helpful if we were more often were able to apply a similar method of interpretation around adults. Most people are not mean. They did not set out to hurt you, they are just under a lot of pressure.

Transparency​

We were all infants once. It’s the simplest truth but it’s an especially alien thought for us in the context of people we find impressive and frightening now. When in reality we all still retain some of that early vulnerability somewhere beneath the armour. Sometimes it can be easy to get sickened by our species. We should hang out with infants as a corrective. They don’t care how many followers we got. They care about the fundamentals: cuddles, laughter, friendship and being with people who are nice to them whatever they look like.

Artiststically

Infants are on the side of utopian politics. They argue that the world should be different from the way it is now – that our societies could be different and better arranged. They correct some of our obsessions and boredom, for they are pleased by ‘minor’ but important things. A shovel, a puddle, a flower or a set of gloves. Things that have become boring to us – unfairly so. Vermeer, Proust, Tolstoy all knew how to renew our enthusiasm for minor things. Infants are not so different, and deserve a little of the respect we naturally find ourselves giving great artists.