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.
2018 Trip Dates:
January 9-14, Tuesday-Sunday
$700 PLUS AIRFARE*
(Trips max out at 20 participants including leaders.)
Your non-refundable deposit of $100 confirms your registration. You DO NOT have a space confirmed until the deposit is received. (Your $600 balance will be due by Dec. 1)
Your trip cost includes:
- Transportation on the ground; fuel, drivers
- Interpreters when needed
- Food for dump distribution
- Lodging during your stay-Sosua by the Sea
- Water during trips
- 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. 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.
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 -Things to 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.)
**ANYTHING THAT A PRC CAN USE, PLEASE BRING.**
*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 serving people in intense heat and severe living conditions in the dump.
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 hotel offers many bottled water stations. Bottled water will also be provided at all work locations.
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.
NOW: Pay your $100 Non Refundable Deposit to save your space. Make sure you pick the appropriate week.
ASAP: CONSIDER PURCHASING YOUR PLANE TICKET BY THIS DATE.
DEC 1: ALL BALANCES ARE DUE.
Trip Sample Schedule
TUESDAY: Arrive Dom Rep / Go to lodge / Check in, dinner, Team Meeting
WEDNESDAY: Garbage Dump Feeding Program/ PRC/ Training
THURSDAY: Food Distribution / PRC/Training
FRIDAY: Dump Feeding/ Training
SATURDAY: Children's Program Valedor/ Orphanage / Training / 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 will do our best to be fair and equitable with each person.