Tag - volunteer tourism

Making an Impact through CAMS (Creative Arts, Music, and Sports)

  I don’t think anything could have prepared me for my visit to María Concepción Gomez Matos during my recent trip to Puerto Plata with Fathom Travel. Much like the day I went to Chocal I was extremely nervous. Once again I was worried about the fact I don’t speak Spanish and worried I wouldn’t build a connection with the children I was about...

My Experience Volunteering at Chocal-a Cacao and Women’s Chocolate Cooperative

  As we made the 40 minute drive to Altamira outside of Puerto Plata, Dominican Republic to participate in our first *Fathom ‘Impact Activity’*, I couldn’t help but feel nervous. I had no idea what to expect. While there were plenty of interpreters, I don’t speak Spanish and that bothered me. How was I meant to connect with these people...

Travel With Purpose: Why I am returning to the Dominican Republic

When I traveled to the Dominican Republic last December I had a really bad experience. After spending several days at a so-called luxury resort I ended up with food poisoning and a bacterial infection from contaminated water. I said the only way I’d return is if I were to travel with purpose and go back to work with the people who live there immersing myself in...