If you do, then consider taking a Fathom Cruise. These cruises combine your love of travel with making a difference in the lives of others. Fathom offers cruises from Miami to the Dominican Republic where you will participate in cultural exchanges that can be a life changing experience for you.
You'll sail for one week on a totally different type of cruise than you have ever experienced. 40% of the residents of the Dominican Republic live below the poverty line. You'll attend workshops on the ship while sailing that will get you ready for what you'll experience when you arrive in the DR.
You'll depart from Miami for Puerto Plata where you'll spend days one and two on the ship in classes and workshops. On days 3 - 6 you'll enjoy activities on the ground with the locals and have some free time to enjoy the beaches and pool at Amber Cove. Then you'll sail back to Florida with the friends you have made on the ship - and some will become friends forever!
Some of the workshops and experiences: "How to Create and Tell Amazing Stories", tutoring training sessions to engage with students while teaching them English, an interactive festival with panel discussions and workshops with leading social impact partners and more.
There will be leisure time between the classes to enjoy the pool or gym and great food and beverage too.
|Typical Home in DR|
On land, you'll arrive at Amber Cove and be able to participate in such activities as working with local students to share your knowledge of English, having lunch at a community center, and ground activities such as building cement floors in homes (most still have dirt floor), planting trees, or engaging in music, arts and sports with local kids.
Would you like to visit a woman's cooperative that is involved in cultivating organic chocolate to products that they can sell and create their income from? You'll learn about the production cycle from planting to packaging the product for sale.
But it isn't all work! Amber Cove was built for Fathom cruisers to be able to enjoy the afternoon after their work is finished. You can rent snorkels and fins and other water sport equipment to enjoy the beach, or just hang our at Amber Cove's own pool complex that includes a lazy river and private cabanas you can rent.
Anyone who has been on a Fathom cruise will tell you that they came back changed forever.
Fathom also alternates cruised to the DR with cruises to Cuba for cultural exchange. You'll have 3 -1/2 days in Cuba on excursions to learn about Cuban history and be able to experience the vibrant culture. (Please note - tourists are still required to be on excursions that offer cultural exchange while in Cuba - you can't go off on your own to explore the country).
Interested? Call us at 516-608-0568 to book your Fathom cruise.