Fathom Impact + Cruise


Amber Cove

Arriving at Amber Cover in Puerto Plata, Dominican Republic

Pioneered by Fathom, impact travel is a whole new category of travel: it’s travel with purpose. Travel that transforms lives. Sometimes including your own. Impact travel with Fathom provides the opportunity to build community with like-minded travelers, become immersed in another culture, and work alongside its people to create enduring social impact.

Every Fathom™ journey is based on the belief that the person-to-person connection is among the strongest catalysts for transformation. What sets Fathom apart is the long-term, systematic partnership approach with its partner countries paired with the unique business model that allows for sustained impact and lasting development. Fathom’s scale and global vision reach beyond what the world has ever seen.

The Dominican Foundation and our partner, Dominican Republic (DR) based, IDDI have combined forces with Fathom to provide an impact travel experience in the DR. While the country is of great beauty, it’s also a country of great need. 40% of the population lives below the poverty line, and the average household income is less than $6,000 (1). More than 3 million Dominicans don’t have access to piped water (2).

Because the DR has a strong infrastructure,  it enables impact through Fathom™ partnerships with leading, deep rooted community development organizations Entrena and IDDI. Their long-established programs and strong community relationships in the northern region of the Dominican Republic allow us to understand the specific needs and to work alongside local residents to address those needs.

The Dominican Foundation is proud to be partnered with such prestigious organizations and to serve as a donation platform for travelers wishing to contribute beyond their in-country experience.  Visit our Fathom Projects donate page to learn more about funding options.

Below are some examples of the activities travelers can participate in to make an impact.  Activities include:

Reforestation, Recycled Paper, Water Filter Building, Cacao and Women’s Chocolate Cooperative, Teaching English, Concrete Floors.

Click here to video from TODAY Show on July 10, 2016 about volunteer tourism. Fathom is feature toward the end of the short story.

Click here to read one travelers experience from a recent cruise.


Why Reforestation? Endemic deforestation has contributed to increased runoff, dangerous flooding, depleted soil nutrients, and overall climate change.


Fathom RePapel

Why Local Entrepreneurship Programs? Presently unemployed or underemployed local residents are able to transition to self-supporting entrepreneurs. Community-driven economic initiatives empower and sustain communities. Pictured here is a volunteer traveler working at the RePapal Cooperative (Recycled Paper).


Fathom Impact

Why Access to Clean Water? Waterborne illness is a leading contributor to infectious disease. Access to safe drinking water is a priority need in underserved communities. Volunteer travelers help craft clay based water filters. Testing the filters, shown here is an important part of the process.


(1)The World Bank

(2)WHO/UNICEF Water Supply Statistics, 2014