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The Dominican Republic

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Trips

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.

Please note the changes we have made this year for our mission trips as you read through the information below.

2017 End of Year Dates:
December 13-18, CLICK HERE
December 31-Jan 6-CLICK HERE
Jan 9-14, 2018 Dates-CLICK HERE

Spring/Summer 2018 Trip Dates:
*click on the details to get your link to make your trip deposit.
read to the bottom of the page for specific details on payments, etc.* TRIPS ARE TUESDAY-SUNDAY. (The mission staff takes Sunday and Monday to recuperate.)

April  26-May 3 Click here

June 5 - 10     Crossover/Cups Friends Super Group (Still room open)

June 12 - 17      Crossover/Cups Friends Super Group (Still room open)

June 19 - 24      (Limit 16 people @ Rio Vista Guest House) (Still room open)

June 26 - 1      (Limit 16 people @ Rio Vista Guest House) (Still room open)

July 3 - 8        CUPS Super Group 2 (Still room open)

July 10 - 15       CUPS Super Group 3 (Still room open)

July 17 - 22       (Still room open)


Spring/Summer Trips 2018 Cost

$725 PLUS AIRFARE*

Your non-refundable 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 May 1)

Your trip cost includes:

  • Transportation on the ground; fuel, drivers
  • Interpreters when needed
  • Supplies needed for painting/construction
  • Lodging during your stay
  • Crafts needed for Bible Camp
  • 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)
  • $10 entry fee into DR.
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Frequently Asked Questions

Accommodation 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, this hotel has 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. 

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 the Dominican Republic (DR) is NOT included in your trip fees, ground transportation is provided in the DR. 

Identification 

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.

Immunization 

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 

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
  • 6 jars of peanut butter and 6 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.

Clothing 

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.

Personal Items 

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.

Water 

Use only bottled water for drinking and brushing teeth. The lodge supplies bottled water, including in each room, and offers many bottled water stations. Bottled water will also be provided at all work locations.

Money 

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. 

Important Dates for Summer 2018 Trips

  • NOW: Pay your $100 Non Refundable Deposit to save your space. Make sure you pick the appropriate week.

  • FEBRUARY 28: CONSIDER PURCHASING YOUR PLANE TICKET BY THIS DATE.

    Payments: Here's a simple payment plan if you need to break out your payments.
    February 28 - $200
    March 31 - $200
    April 30 - $225

  • MAY 1: ALL BALANCES ARE DUE.

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/ Student Camp & House Painting / Evening Missionary Meet and Greet

THURSDAY: House Painting & Student Camp / Movie Night in Trafficking Housing complex

FRIDAY: Mountain Visitation / Student Camp / Evening Movie Outreach Villa Valedor

SATURDAY: Children's Program Valedor/ Orphanage / Children's Program Valedor / Oceanside wrap-up

SUNDAY: Church on the beach / Snorkeling the Caribbean Ocean / Buffet Lunch / Fly home or stay extra day for rest and relaxation 

*Trip schedule subject to change.

Refund Policy 

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 will do our best to be fair and equitable with each person.