Going on Faith

JUN-JUL 2016

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sions. Graham was able to go deep-sea fishing our first day in port, while I explored the ruins at La Isabela, the first European settlement in the New World, which Christopher Columbus established in 1493. It was so powerful to me, a historian, to see a site that had such a huge impact on history. For good or ill, Columbus opened large-scale relations between the Old World and New World. I was amazed to stand at the site of his house on a bluff overlooking the sea and imagine what it was like for this man to have such an influence on the world. Working with the Dominican students was, hands down, our favorite part of the trip. But a close second was taking a cab into the city and spending the day discovering the city with our new friends, Randy Calaguas and Lori Osterman. The great part about the cab ride is that for one price, up to four people can spend as long as they want explor- ing all over the town. The taxi drivers are experts on their city and can share some of the best places to go. Our driver, Carlos, took us to lunch at an oceanfront restaurant across from his family's favorite beach, found a street vendor for us to try fresh coco- nuts and even helped me try to catch a pigeon in Independence Park, an experience that did not turn out so well for me — much to the amusement of my group. Unlike with a typical cruise itinerary, Adonia spent three days in the same city. By doing so, we were able to develop a connection and enjoy a deeper experience with the people and the culture than if we had sailed from port to port. We returned home feeling enriched and as if we had made a difference with the work we did while on our trip. A Fathom cruise to the Dominican Republic provides a distinctive combination of volunteer activities, accessibility and flexibility. By allowing travelers to give back in a Third World country while staying and eating aboard a modern cruise ship, Fathom represents a viable alternative for travelers for whom a more traditional mission trip may not be the best fit. On May 2, the Adonia was also the first American ship to dock in Cuba in more than 50 years. Fathom will continue to offer cruises to Cuba on alternating weeks along with impact cruises to the Dominican Republic. www.fathom.org Graham and Carlos making friends with the pigeons in Puerto Plata's Independence Park. Teaching English in San Marcos A student at Los Rieles II in San Marcos rco r Ma Ma San San Sa in n in San Marcos A s A st d tud udent en t at Lo Los RRiel ieles s es II I A student at Los Rieles II Courtesy Fathom By Graham Ricks By Ashley Ricks 8 8 8 . 2 5 3 . 0 4 5 5 W W W . G R O U P T R A V E L L E A D E R . C O M / E B O O K GUIDE 1<9?: >9 GLOBAL + . @ / 8 > ? < / = P U B L I S H E D B Y T H E G R O U P T R A V E L L E A D E R I N C . YOUR GROUP TROT GLOBE T H E ebook 2 016 A G R O U P G U I D E T O G L O B A L A D V E N T U R E S AROUND THE

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