We are so glad that you are considering going with us to see our work in the Dominican Republic. You will be a part of a working mission. Our team on the ground is working 365 days a year.
The information contained below will help you prepare for your trip. Please read it very carefully.
Please note the changes we have made this year for our mission trips as you read through the information below.
* TRIPS ARE TUESDAY-SUNDAY.
(The mission staff takes Sunday and Monday to recuperate.)
Fall Trips 2018-Jan 2019 Cost
$725 PLUS AIRFARE*
Your non-refundable lodging deposit of $100 confirms your registration. You DO NOT have a space confirmed until the deposit is received. (Your $625 balance will be due by Aug. 1 for Fall Trips, Nov. 1 for Dec/Jan 2019 Trips.)
Your trip cost includes:
- Transportation on the ground; fuel, drivers
- Interpreters when needed
- Supplies needed for painting/construction
- Lodging during your stay-We do NOT guarantee a SPECIFIC hotel/lodge.
- Crafts needed for activities with the children
- Any gratuities
Your trip cost does NOT include:
- *Airfare-Each person is responsible for coordinating their own airfare to arrive in POP (Puerto Plata, Dominican Republic) on the TUESDAY afternoon of the week you choose to come. Because of flights originating from multiple airports for our teams, it has become impossible to predict an average price for airfare costs.
- The cost (if any) of ONE Checked Bag for the Mission (contents needed will be described below). Some mission participants have status with their respective airlines that gives them a checked bag for free. If you do not, the average price is $25 to check a bag the contents of which will be for needs for the mission.
- Any hotel stay stateside: Depending on which flight you choose and which originating airport, you may decide to get a hotel room for the night prior to your departure. (For example, if your flight is out at 5:30am and you are an hour away from the airport, you may want to get a hotel room since you need to be at the airport around 3:30-4:00am)
Frequently Asked Questions
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Accommodations in the Dominican
Sosua by the Sea OR Rio Vista Lodge, Dominican Republic
Convenient to the areas we serve and the places we will evangelize, these facilities have been serving missionaries for years. The layout of the grounds is ideal for worship, group devotional sessions and Bible study and will help create a team feel.
*If you would like your own room by yourself, there is an additional charge.
Your Dominican Republic accommodations are included in the cost of your trip.*
(Any accommodations related to, or in preparation for your departure from or upon returning to the United States are not included. If, for example, you need to get a hotel prior to your departure close to your originating airport, that will be at your expense.)
Transportation to the D.R.
The cost of your round-trip flight between the United States and Puerto Plata, Dominican Republic (DR) is NOT included in your trip fees, ground transportation is provided in the DR.
YOU MUST FLY INTO Puerto Plata (POP).
A photo ID (driver’s license) and a passport are required. If you do not currently have a passport, you must apply for one at least 35 days prior to departure to ensure you receive it in time. Make two photocopies of your passport’s ID photo page, give one to your emergency contact and keep one for yourself.
Visit your physician to let them know that you will be participating in mission work in Puerto Plata in the Dominican Republic and adhere to all immunization recommendations. Check with the CDC travelers health information.
Luggage -please bring
You will carry three (3) pieces of luggage, including one large suitcase that you will leave behind. The one LARGE Suitcase is the one you will CHECK under the plane; the other 2 will be your personal belongings to take on the plane. (If you or someone you know does not have an old suitcase to donate, purchase one inexpensively at a thrift store. Consider asking friends, relatives, and parishioners to help support your trip by donating some or all of the following items.)
1. Large check-in suitcase (for outbound travel only) not to exceed 50 lbs. Contents that you will supply:
- 6 boxes of crayons and 6 boxes of pencils
- a small personal fan
- a cymbal stand (can be used from your church)
- a small guitar amp -link here, something comparable is fine.
- 3 jars of peanut butter and 3 cans of tuna
- 2 bags/containers of peanuts
- 2 bottles of multi-vitamins and 2 bottles of Cod Fish Oil*1 deflated Basketball
- 2 Zip-loc storage bags (for double-bagging contents) with bug spray, sunscreen, and any other tanning products you wish to use during your stay. Seal the bags, one inside the other, and write your name on the outside with a permanent Magic Marker/Sharpie pen.
- Disposable diapers of any size/age group, not to exceed roughly 15 lbs.
2. Backpack or purse
3. Suitcase that meets carry-on requirements
*Caution: Ensure within your carry-on bags liquids and toiletries do not exceed 3 oz. each. All toiletries weighing more than 3 oz. risk being confiscated by the TSA.
It is recommended that you bring six sets of clothes, one for travel and one for each of the five days laboring.
We also recommend you take old, second-hand, or thrift store clothes, one set for each workday. They should be suitable for painting, cleaning, and serving people in intense heat and severe living conditions.
Bring at least one pair of old sneakers or shoes suitable for those days when we make trips to the dump that you can discard at the end of the trip.
*A swimsuit is necessary for swimming. Women, please bring a cover-up to wear traveling to and from the pool.
We recommend you do not bring jewelry, electronic devices, or other valuables. Cell phone service is not available; however, the lodge provides WiFi . You will be provided a contact telephone number in advance of departure where you can be reached in case of emergency.
Use only bottled water for drinking and brushing teeth. The lodge supplies drinking water, including in each room, and offers many bottled water stations. Bottled water will also be provided at all work locations. Some individuals bring a water bottle/container with them on the trip that they can refill.
The Dominican peso is the national currency; however, the American dollar is accepted everywhere. The trip fee covers all expenses in country, including food, water, and transportation and lodging. Bring only a small amount of money for any souvenirs you may wish to purchase, and limit this to one and five - dollar bills. (It's hard to bargain for a $ 5 item when all you have are $20s!) Consider bringing one credit card for emergencies. If you want to snorkel, bring $25, sometimes they give us group discount. And yes, you can use some of your cash to tip our drivers/translators as you feel led.
Important Dates for 2018-2019 Trips
NOW: Pay your $100 Non Refundable Lodging Deposit to save your space. Make sure you pick the appropriate week.
Trip Sample Schedule (this is a tentative schedule. FLEXIBILITY is a key word in the Dominican :))
TUESDAY: / Orientation / Evening Human Trafficking walk
WEDNESDAY: Garbage Dump Feeding Program (pics above)/
Student Camp (pics below)/ Missionary Meet & Greet
THURSDAY: Food Distribution/Home Visits & Student Camp / Movie Night
FRIDAY: Mountain Visitation / Student Camp (pics below) / Evening Movie Outreach
SATURDAY: / Snorkeling the Caribbean Ocean/ Orphanage (pics below) / Oceanside wrap-up
SUNDAY: Church on the beach / Buffet Lunch / Fly home or stay extra day for rest and relaxation
*Trip schedule subject to change.
Refunds are decided on a case by case basis. Deposits are non-refundable. Keep in mind, expenses are based on the number of people traveling in a team. If those numbers change, the costs change for everyone. Any refunds given are only given minus any accrued processing charges. It’s best to make sure you are committed to participating before making a deposit. In the unfortunate and unlikely event of a family tragedy, Crossover Cups Mission will do our best to be fair and equitable with each person.
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