Aid experts skeptical of voluntourism's corporate slant
Fathom is the newest cruise offering from Carnival -- the world's largest cruise ship operator. But unlike its predecessors, fathom's passengers have a special mission in mind. Instead of just visiting their cruise destinations -- they'll be volunteering there.
Their first trip to the Dominican Republic will be in April, with a starting fare of $1500 US dollars per person.
To tell us more about what passengers sign up for, we reached fathom's president and global impact leader at Carnival Cruise Lines, Tara Russell, in Seattle.
Mixing your holiday with charity work might seem like a noble alternative to an all-inclusive. But aid agencies and NGOs have long questioned what voluntourism is actually achieving.
Samantha Nutt is the founder of War Child Canada -- an NGO that does work across the developing world. She's also a physician and the author of "Damned Nations: Greed, Guns, Armies, and Aid".
Have you volunteered abroad? What are your thoughts on today's discussion?
This segment was produced by The Current's Ines Colabrese and Marc Apollonio.
- Take A Cruise, Do Some Good On 'fathom - International Business Times
- Voluntourism: the downsides of medical missions - The Drum
- Forget Cruising: Now Think 'Fathom,' And Social-Impact Travel - Forbes
- 5 criticisms of volunteering abroad that don't make sense - No Place To Be