A major difference between the BeachCorps model of volunteer vacation is a laser beam focus on supporting and developing great causes. Unlike other models, BeachCorps PR outreach is focused not on ourselves, but on our partners, in particular the wonderful work of nonprofit partners. We shine, only by reflection, if they shine. The BeachCorps focus is on creating "local heroes” among Dominicans, not building the ego of volunteers (whom we love). BeachCorps volunteers are just “a little grain of sand.” Over time, BeachCorps volunteers can help build something beautiful, but only if they work to support the cause.
So BeachCorps has a "No-Selfie" rule on volunteer projects that we will ask people to help us support. In fact, we will ask you NOT to bring your cameras or smartphones on the trip without permission (with exceptions, see below) because we also think it's rude (and unwise) to bring a group with a couple dozen expensive smartphones into a poor but determined community where a smartphone is a luxury.
We do encourage volunteers to help us take great photos and video. On a first come, first serve basis, we allow two people to bring their own cameras or smartphones. We provide two of our own cameras to volunteers on our projects to take photos--everyone can take a turn if they want. We of course take photos and video, too and we offer free photos and a custom-made video of your project that we encourage you to share to promote your cause--if you are convinced it's a worthy cause after your work is done. After all, one of the most important ways you can support a cause is by testifying that it's a cause worth supporting before your 500 Facebook friends! We do ask, however, that if you are a volunteer photographer that you conform to our rules for photography and videos:
As we said, BeachCorps volunteers can contribute to worthy causes in three ways: their time, their donation to the cause, and their social media connections. BeachCorps hopes you will donate generously to your cause in all three areas. In terms of your social media connections, if you like the cause you supported, please, please, please share photos of the cause on all the social media platforms you can. We don't charge for photos and the videos we prepare, unlike other tourism models that will charge outrageous prices for their photos.
So remember: Keep the selfies for the pool, beach or disco! And share them with us!
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