On April 5, 2017, BeachCorps President David Searby was a guest on "La Revuelta de la Mañana" ("The Morning Revolt"), a nationally syndicated TV and radio show of journalist Fernando Placeres in the Dominican Republic (TV Interview here and Radio interview here on Youtube with pictures). Searby described plans to work with the Punta Cana Foundation, the nonprofit arm of the Punta Cana Group, on a pilot project for service travel. Like many BeachCorps projects, the partnership with the Punta Cana Foundation is geared towards creating scholarships for students who excel in school and also are active in volunteer activities in their community. The Punta Cana Foundation was the first nonprofit to recognize and support BeachCorps in developing a new kind of service travel that uses great vacations to empower worthy causes via people-to-people engagement. Searby also said that BeachCorps is lucky to have the support of the nation's largest excursion provider, Runners Adventures, which has a long history of supporting local communities.
Searby also described plans with other excellent nonprofit partners, including: Dogs and Cats of the Dominican Republic (DCDR) and Rescatame, two nonprofits that are teaming up to promote better care and spaying/neutering for stray dogs and cats in the Dominican Republic; the Episcopal Church development work of the Dominican Development Group; Fundacion MIr, a nonprofit in the La Romana area that provides quality education for hundreds of underserved kids; and the huge potential for projects with the various Rotary clubs in the country. Finally, Searby also described a successful project on Valentine's Day with the Global Foundation for Democracy and Development (the US arm of the respected Dominican development nonprofit FUNGLODE) and FECOTUR, a nonprofit dedicated to promoting better waste management and recycling practices in the country.
On February 20, 2017, BeachCorps President David Searby had the pleasure of discussing the BeachCorps model of voluntourism with the host of "Tendencias," Francisco Tavarez. Thanks to Francisco for being such an informative and interesting host! It was the first time BeachCorps appeared on Dominican TV. Searby thanked the partners of a great event on Valentine's Day, the Global Foundation for Democracy and Development (sister organization of FUNGLODE), FECOTUR (the Foundation for Responsible Ecotourism. Searby also thanked the construction company Best in Pro, which donated a recycling center to the school. Chic, Royalton, and Memories hotels in Punta Cana donated hundreds of Valentine's cupcakes because it can't all be work and study!
BeachCorps happy that Bavaro News wrote about the successful BeachCorps partnership with GFDD and FECOTUR to educate children about recycling and the environment with "A Valentine for the Environment." Click below and go to pg. 27. Image of story below.
YouTube Speech: "The Importance of Sustainable Tourism for the Development of the Dominican Republic" By BeachCorps President David Searby on August 31, 2016 at the Global Foundation for Democracy and Development.
Posted on November 30, 2015 by affairsblog GFDD Global Round Table Guest Blogger: David Searby, Founder of BeachCorps. With International Volunteer Day on December 5th, it’s important to recognize the growing $2 billion global market for volunteer vacations, often called “voluntourism” by both supporters and detractors. Existing volunteer vacations in the Dominican Republic range from church groups, individuals and families who arrange their own travel and volunteer work, to loosely organized trips offering a place to sleep and volunteer work, to “one-stop shop” volunteer travel providers who book travel, accommodations, all transportation, excursions, and volunteer work. Some of the organized trips are dubious in terms of their benefits for sustainable development. Reputable firms include the nonprofit International Student Volunteers and the for-profit Education First. While these firms do great work, their high costs and lesser appeal to older clients may limit their popularity and thus their impact. (CLICK FOR MORE).