The Dominican Republic is a beautiful and thriving country. It has the largest economy in the Caribbean and Central American region and is the eighth-largest economy in Latin America. Over the last 25 years, the Dominican Republic has had the fastest-growing economy in the Western Hemisphere. Recent growth has been driven by construction, manufacturing, tourism, and mining. The country is the site of the second largest gold mine in the world, the Pueblo Viejo mine. The country is rich in tourism hot spots and ideal beach resorts that are frequented by travelers from all over the globe.

As with all countries, the dreamlike resorts and tourism can misrepresent the true nature and every-day life of the people who live outside the fantasy world of wealth and comfort. Below are just a few highlights of the continuing issues seen in this beautiful country:

  • Evangelical churches are desperately needed throughout the Dominican Republic. 90.5% of Dominicans don’t have a relationship with Jesus Christ.
  • Human trafficking, which includes the trafficking of children for sex, remains the third largest international crime in the nation. Women and children are forced to engage in prostitution on a daily basis simply because adult prostitution is legal in the Dominican Republic. Sex tourism has made the Dominican Republic the most popular tourist destination of the Caribbean.
  • 50% of Dominican children live in poverty which leads to insufficient education. A mere 40% of children in the Dominican Republic are educated and only 60% of children complete primary education. A staggering 40% of girls are compelled to marry or cohabit prior to their 18th birthday.
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ACTIVE TRIPS

Dates Type Price REGISTER
03/15/21 - 03/21/21 Adult $1200 JOIN »
07/25/21 - 07/31/21 Adult $1200 JOIN »
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  • Trip cost does not cover airfare or travel
  • Deposit is non-refundable and is due 90 days prior to arrival date. Deposit must be paid to reserve your spot on the team.
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IMPORTANT NOTE: Flexibility is the key! All participants are asked to remain flexible and open to the opportunities for “being” and “doing” what the Spirit provides. Ministry and outreach activities are customized to the community’s specific needs and are specifically determined closer to the time of the trip. Our goal is to best partner with the community we are going to serve. Please keep this in mind when discussing trip details with potential participants! We have a saying, “Blessed are the flexible, for they will not get bent out of shape.”

The range of ministry opportunities can be a daily mixture of the following:

  • Street Evangelism
  • Prayer Walks (Praying with members of the community as we walk the streets)
  • Urban Plunge/ATL (Hitting the streets in search of God moments)
  • Loving on and playing with kids
  • VBS Ministry
  • Food Prep and Distribution
  • Construction/Renovation Projects

Sample Schedule

Below is a sample schedule of what a typical day could look like; however, I cannot guarantee any day will look like this. Due to logistical reasons, needs/criteria of a specific ministry and cultural practices, it’s likely your schedule could change from day-to-day—and often it can do so at the last minute.

  • 06:00 AM Wake Up
  • 07:00 AM Breakfast
  • 08:00 AM Quiet Time / Get ready for the day
  • 09:00 AM Morning Ministry (Be prepared for anything)
  • 12:30 PM Lunch (PBJ’s, chips & water)
  • 01:30 PM Afternoon Ministry (Be prepared for anything)
  • 05:30 PM Clean Up/Chores/Showers/Free Time
  • 06:30 PM Dinner
  • 07:00 PM Group Debrief
  • 09:00 PM Showers/Free Time
  • 11:00 PM Lights Out
  • Bedding
    • Twin fitted sheet and blanket or sleeping bag
    • Pillow
    • Pajamas (See clothing guidelines)
  • Clothes
    • 5-7 changes of clothes that can get dirty (Please review the clothing guidelines below)
    • Church Clothes
    • Bandana or hat
    • Lightweight rain jacket (optional)
    • Knee length shorts
    • Underwear, socks
    • Walking shoes
    • Shower shoes
  • Toiletries
    • Bar soap, shampoo, razor, shaving cream
    • Deodorant, toothbrush, toothpaste
    • Wash cloth, towel
    • Brush or comb
    • Hair ties, headbands, ponytail holders
    • Extra glasses, contact lenses, cleaning solution
    • Moisturizer, nail clippers, file, Q tips, Kleenex
  • Other
    • Gloves and Face Mask (Required for COVID-19 Safe Procedures)
    • Camelbak or water bottle
      • We recommend a Camelbak because it holds more water, is easier to carry around than a thermos or water bottle and it takes care of the backpack. Off brand water bags have a tendency to burst, so check reviews before purchasing.
      • Do not fill this up prior to getting to the airport. They will make you pour it out or take it.
      • If you prefer a water bottle, I recommend a Nalgene. They are durable and can take a hit.
    • Backpack
      • This comes in handy when you have Bibles, snacks, cameras that you are lugging around all day.
    • Bible, journal & pen
      • It’s a good idea to journal your thoughts while in the field. Write down what God spoke or revealed to you so you can reflect later.
    • Sunglasses
    • Medication
    • Small first-aid kit
    • Work gloves
    • Insect repellent (20% – 30% DEET is sufficient)
    • Camera
    • Battery operated fan
    • Extra batteries
    • Granola bars, snacks, drink mixes
    • Extra money for snacks & souvenirs

Clothing Guidelines

It is important to remember that when you are on the mission field ministering, you are representing God and local missionaries. Modesty is the key to all clothing you decide to bring with you. If you are questioning whether or not you should bring it, then you should probably leave it at home.

    • Bring something modest to sleep in.
    • No short, tight, or clingy clothing.
    • No low-cut tank tops or tank tops with straps thinner than one inch.
    • If you cannot raise your arms above your head or touch your toes without showing your stomach or lower back, leave it at home.
    • Shorts must come to the top of the knee. Capris and gaucho pants are great options!
    • Skirts and dresses should be below or close to the knee.
    • Make sure clothing is not stained and/or torn. You do not have to wear your best clothing but make yourself presentable.
    • Bring comfortable closed-toe shoes for walking and ministry.
    • Toms/Bobs/Chacos are a great option
    • Tennis shoes work great too
    • These are guidelines… We do not expect you to go out and buy all new clothes just to serve for a week. Jesus says come as you are, and so do we. Do your best to follow these guidelines. We will not be clothing Nazi’s. However, trip leaders have the final say on whether or not clothing is appropriate, and they may ask you to change should they deem your attire inappropriate.

Dominican Republic

Hope Dominican Republic
Hope Mountain
Lajas de Yaroa, Dominican Republic
https://www.hope4drnow.org

Lodging facilities are located in what has been called “Hope Mountain” in a small town between Puerto Plata and Santiago. It is a large facility that is owned by our ministry partner that they use to host teams in year round. It features:

  • Breath taking scenic views and rolling mountain landscapes;
  • A full kitchen;
  • Swimming pool;
  • showers/bathrooms;
  • hot water;
  • 2 dorms with 15 twin bunk beds in each;
  • and a very large meeting area.

FLIGHTS: The below information will help you plan your trip accordingly…

  • Fly into and out of (STI) Santiago de los Caballeros Cibao International Airport.
  • Make considerations for your airlines baggage limitations and restrictions.
  • Plan to arrive no earlier than 9am and no later than 12pm on your scheduled arrival date.
  • Plan to leave no earlier than 9am and no later than 12pm on your scheduled departure date.
  • Transportation too and from the airport is included in your trip cost.
  • Please inform your team leader of your itinerary.
  • Flight costs are not covered by your trip costs.

INTERNATIONAL TRAVEL TIPS:

  • Do not exchange U.S. currency for the countries currency in advance.
  • Always keep your passport in a safe, but accessible place.
  • Make sure all luggage and baggage are secure with zippers fully zipped.
  • Schedule your trip with the Secretary of State’s office through the STEP website at https://step.state.gov/step/.
  • Never allow anyone other than airport staff to handle your luggage/baggage.
  • When exiting an international airport, never allow a porter to assist you with your luggage.
  • Do not get into any vehicle or leave the airport with anyone other than your team leader.
  • Keep address handy for filling out customs and visa forms:
    • Hope Mountain
      Lajas de Yaroa, Dominican Republic
  • Check customs requirements, travel restrictions, and/or visa fees ahead of time through the destinations U.S. Embassy website: https://do.usembassy.gov/