Mission Statement: BeachCorps will develop a new, more sustainable kind of service travel by using great vacations and PEOPLE-TO-PEOPLE ENGAGEMENT to empower worthy causes.
The BeachCorps model is a partnership with great nonprofits and great private sector partners. Our model ensures everyone does what they do best: the nonprofit(s) designs a safe and fun project and activities to empower their cause(s); the excursion provider ensures smooth and safe transportation and other support; the hotel supports the project and provides a great hotel experience--and BeachCorps advises and pulls the whole team together. The Dominican Republic is perfect for developing this new kind of tourism, with it beautiful beaches and hotels, proximity to the USA, abundant quality volunteer opportunities, and vibrant culture that welcomes tourists. BeachCorps will develop service travel (sometimes called “voluntourism”) in the Dominican Republic the way ecotourism began in Costa Rica, creating a new tool for helping people everywhere.
Our three focus areas are:
Youth & Education
Environment and Protecting Wildlife/Animals
Often our programs will encompass elements of all three. BeachCorps volunteers will do traditional volunteer activities like teaching English to children and even adults; building and rebuilding and painting houses and public spaces like churches, schools and health clinics or perhaps a playground; removing litter from areas and planting a garden in that spot to discourage more litter. But volunteers might also put on a little musical or play baseball or cook a meal with locals. It's not only about work: it's about real people-to-people engagement and letting the nonprofit decide what activity best helps the cause. Some volunteers wrongly believe the only way they can "leave their mark" is to paint something. Some volunteers want to "feel poor" for a while by digging a ditch in the hot sun. That's not the BeachCorps way. We'll include painting and ditch-digging in many of our activities, but only as a basis for real people-to-people engagement.
The BeachCorps model is founded on sound sustainable development principles and lessons learned from existing volunteer vacations. BeachCorps:
avoids one-off projects designed to please volunteers, creating instead sustainable projects with real impact;
knows that the combination of volunteer work and donations has far greater impact than just volunteer work ;
empowers beneficiaries and avoids a culture of dependency;
partners with other businesses and government actors to create win-win scenarios and expand sustainability;
knows that the best way to help people is by helping to develop great nonprofits and networks of support;
ensures volunteer work supports and does not undermine local employment;
promotes responsible fun at the resort and discourages alcohol abuse and zero tolerance for illegal drugs;
promotes transparency by clearly separating vacation expenses from donations to a great nonprofit.