Mission Statement: BeachCorps will develop a new, more sustainable kind of impact travel by using great vacations and PEOPLE-TO-PEOPLE ENGAGEMENT to empower worthy causes.
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.
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;
ensures volunteer work supports and does not undermine local employment;
promotes transparency by clearly separating vacation expenses from donations to a great nonprofit.