BeachCorps was started by a retired United States Foreign Service Officer who realized that many of the people who visited the beautiful resorts of the Dominican Republic wanted to leave the resorts and learn about every day life in the Dominican Republic. In addition, it was clear that too many existing volunteer vacations focused on the egos of the volunteer, not the needs of a worthy cause that was empowering local communities. BeachCorps is the first attempt to use traditional tourism to support great causes. It's taken many years of working with these great causes to get BeachCorps going because great causes have something in common with the US Government: they are not in a hurry to move! We hope to take this model around the world.