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Work Trip Dominican Republic 2020 Mar 9-20
Work/Medical trip in: Dominican Republic
Dates: 03/09/2020 - 03/20/2020
URGENT: January 2016 WOL DR purchased an amazing 15 acre beach front property with 42 buildings that need converted into camper dorms, hotel rooms, staff housing and family units. This new developing camp property will house 400 campers, 32 couples cabin rooms, 12 hotel units and so much more. A full sport complex is designed and a main dining hall for 400 and auditorium for 1,000 guests. With so much to do we need your help! Volunteers can help us in many ways at this new camp property. Help is needed to complete the work: landscaping, sidewalks, project construction, electrical, plumbing, painting and there is work for everyone. All main electric, water and septic lines should be done by this time but may still need some work to install into all the buildings.
Our goal is to use this camp property as a staging area for training young men and women sending them out into the churches in the DR to be servant leaders. At this time there are over 50 Bible Club programs with over 300 leaders working with teens in their local churches. The camp will also be used for church retreats, conferences and of course SUMMER CAMP! As a volunteer, your hard work will help build the tools the missionaries need to reach these goals. They opened their summer camping season filled to capacity and now prepare for the next season in July 2018. On this trip we'll be working preparing the cabins for campers. Power washing and painting are large projects and your help is needed. There are still many cabins to renovate so everyone will have plenty of work to do.
You'll fly into Santo Domingo Las Americas international airport, collect your luggage, pay your visa fee, clear customs and you are on your way! Sound hard? Not really but so well worth the flight! Your route to the camp could be along the coastal parkway watching the blue waters of the Caribbean on this 1.45 hours by bus or right through the capital. Roads are nice and the camp about 45 minutes west of Santo Domingo.
Housing will be in these new renovated camp dormitories with twin size mattresses (bunk beds) or as a couple you could be in one of the newly remodeled hotel units.
You'll be picked up at the airport by our own ministry bus with A/C.
Breakfast: fruit, pancakes, cereal, toast, eggs, ham, etc. Lunch: Sandwiches, chips, fruit, etc: Dinner: local Dominican meals as well as American meals such as spaghetti, tacos, pizza, etc. You'll eat really well!
Entry visa is $10 paid upon arrival at airport. This is paid upon each visit to the DR. Upon arriving in the DR go directly to the visa area and pay the visa tax before you enter passport control area. After this you'll collect your luggage, clear customs and head to one of the greatest adventures of your life!
What to Bring
A list of tools and other items will be supplied closer to the trip dates. You'll need sun block and a brimmed hat for shade to cover your ears. Temps are nice so you can work in shorts or jeans. Humidly is high in the DR so be ready to drink lots of water. You'll need sheets for twin beds, a travel pillow, maybe a light blank (depends on how low the AC unit is set), towels, swimming suit, water shoes to go into the water or sandals for the beach, special snacks if you need them, basic tools if you work with electric, plumbing or such and work gloves. You might take along an umbrella and hope we don't need it. Flash light, your personal items and extra shoes in case they get wet. Voltage is the same as the US: 120 volt
You can work in shorts, T- shirt and comfortable shoes for working and maybe rubber boots during rainy season. Dress pants with collared shirt for church and ladies, skirts with nice shirt (local dress) jeans for cool nights but there are not many of those.
These projects are designed for everyone to attend. A love for the Lord to serve and a willingness to be blessed are what we are looking for. If you can do these things, you qualify!
Trip cost covers: food, lodging, transportation, background check, travel insurance, $125 work funds and $75 host cost.
Ron Morton RonMorton@wol.org 419-569-1226
The people in the Dominican are very open to hearing about the gospel. They envy the American lifestyle and are very friendly towards tourists. Baseball is the king of sports in the DR so bring your glove! The property is located on the coast in Playa just south of the town of Bani, just 45 minutes south west of the capital. During the rainy season it could rain everyday - usually a quick 1 hr storm passes through every afternoon. Temps are in the 90's most days with humidity around 80% It cools down at night. Dry season is 90's, cooler at night. Easier to work because of the lower humidity. Rainy season is May-Nov. It is much dryer at this new property and the ground is sandy making it easy to continue to work. Mosquitoes and black flies are sometimes bad so bug spray with high deet helps. You can also mix your own bug spray: Avon "Skin-So-Soft" as a base then add tea tree and Citronella oil. Mosquitoes don't like this mixture and it may even work with your friends! Vitamin B-1 is also known to help keep these insects off so start taking this three weeks before your travel dates to help. Oh yes, one of the rules of the beach property: Don't walk or sit under the coconut trees! They fall at random times from 60' up and hit without warning. Ouch!