Dominican Republic FAQs

ORGANIZING A TRIP:

How do I organize a trip to Mission of Hope?

To place your reservation, Click Here.

You will receive a confirmation email that confirms your spots and provides you with a reservation number that you will use to pay the reservation fee online.

When deciding how many spots you would like to reserve, be as strategic as possible so that we are able to accurately project the number of volunteers each week. There is a required reservation fee of $25/per spot reserved in order to book your reservation.

Can I come serve as an individual?

Yes, absolutely!

What is your minimum age?

Mission Trips:

Minimum age for a minor traveling with his/her guardian is six years old. If any minors are going on a trip, a member of at least 25 years must be accompanying to chaperone, with signed permission to take responsibility of the minors while traveling.

Medical Mission Trips:
Minimum age to serve on mobile clinic teams is 13.

What are the trip costs and is airfare included?

Mission Trip Cost ($895 + $25 reservation fee)

Price Includes:

  • Lodging
  • Transportation in Dominican Republic
  • Mission of Hope expenses
  • Beach day
  • Partial meals (will be given required food list)
  • Upon request, children (12 and under): $450/child

Medical Mission Trip Cost ($700 + $25 reservation fee)

Price Includes:

  • Lodging
  • Transportation in Dominican Republic
  • Medical Translators
  • Mission of Hope expenses
  • Beach day
  • Meals

In an effort to be good stewards of our resources, we have initiated a required reservation fee and payment system for all mission trips. Please see the below guidelines regarding trip payments.

  • $25 fee per spot reserved
  • 50% of total team payment due 90 days out from trip departure date
  • 100% of total team payment due 30 days out from trip departure date

Note: Team payments should come in collectively as one payment, not individually.

Airfare is not included in the cost of the trip.

What flights should I book?

Missions Trips & Medical Trips:
Teams and individuals are responsible for their own airfare. We ask that all flights arrive and depart from the Puerto Plata airport on Saturdays ONLY. This allows us to be good stewards of transportation expenses, as well as ensure your team is met by one of our staff members. If you are unable to find a flight that meets our request, call the Stateside office before booking for approval. There will be a fee associated with the off-day pickup.

When at all possible (and the cost is reasonable) we ask that you would please purchase flights that arrive into POP before 6:30PM. However, when the savings are significant, we do permit teams to purchase flights that arrive later.

Do I need a passport and visa to travel?

All North Americans traveling to Haiti must have a passport. You will not be allowed into Haiti without one. Check with your post office for a passport application, go to the U.S. Department of State web page: http://travel.state.gov/passport or the Passport Canada web page. If you are applying for a new passport, please allow 4 to 8 weeks for this process. All travelers should bring a photocopy of the first two pages of their passport in their carry-on luggage.

Where do we stay?

Mission Trips and Medical Mission Trips:
Team members will stay in a guest house or one of our hotel partners. Your team members will be separated by gender into separate rooms. You may want to bring earplugs, if you are a light sleeper! There is air conditioning. Standard US three-pronged electrical outlets are available in all rooms. Each room has a standard bathroom with running water. A pair of clean sheets as well as a pillow are provided. All rooms are locked and team members are given entry codes.

How long do we stay?

Mission Trips:
Our trips are one week long and span from Saturday to Saturday

Medical Mission Trips:
Our trips are one week long and span from Saturday to Saturday.

What will I do when I get there?

Mission Trips:
Your week will include intentional ministry opportunities and evangelism outreach led by local leadership. You can also choose to fund and participate in Church Advancement projects. Church Advancement projects are specific projects that represent the highest priorities of the physical needs of the village.

Medical Mission Trips:
Your week will include serving in surrounding villages on a mobile clinic team. You will serve according to your area of expertise or as non-medical support staff.

HEALTH CONCERNS:

What immunizations do I need to get?

Immunization and General Health Information

All groups are encouraged to have the following vaccinations prior to traveling to Dominican Republic:

  • Required: Tetanus toxoid (DT or Td)
  • Typhoid immunization
  • Hepatitis A
What about the Zika Virus?

As a precaution, we recommend that any women who are pregnant or think they might be pregnant NOT come on a trip until further notice due to the potential risk of the Zika virus. Zika virus is a single stranded RNA virus that can be spread to humans by the Aedes aegypti mosquito. In healthy adults and children symptoms are generally mild and include headache, rash, fever, malaise, joint pain, conjunctivitis (red eyes). While the infection is generally mild, it can be very dangerous to a developing fetus and has been linked to microcephaly in babies when the mother is infected with the virus during the first trimester.

Once I land in Haiti, how do I get to my housing for the week?

You will then be transported to your housing along with one of our staff members in the t-shirt

PREPARING FOR YOUR TRIP:

What should I pack?

A suggested packing list can be found in the Dominican Republic Mission Trip Guide. The Mission will provide fresh bedding and pillows for you. You will need to bring a refillable water bottle.

Do I need to bring my own food?

Mission Trips:
Meals are provided throughout the week for your team. We do suggest you bring snacks for yourself such as protein bars, nuts, crackers, etc.

Medical Mission Trips:
Meal are provided throughout the week for your team. You will be asked to bring a list of medications and supplies. These medications and supplies are what enable us to provide the mobile clinics at no cost to the people of the Dominican Republic.

What is the dress code?

The Dominican Republic culture is one where someone can easily offend another by wearing an inappropriate outfit. The local organizations and pastors have requested that, in order to respect the culture and be most effective in ministry. We ask that you abide to the dress code found in the Mission Trip Guide and our staff on the ground reserves the right to ask you to change if you do not comply.

What if I have a physical condition or required medication?

Our Medical team will be available to assist you with team healthcare needs. Team leaders, we strongly suggest that either you or your team members carry some of these basic health supplies for use in the event of common conditions seen while working in Haiti:

  • Gatorade and/or electrolyte replacement tablets
  • Ciprofloxin 500 mg tablets (prescription; for diarrhea)
  • Azithromycin 250 mg tablets (prescription; for illness)
  • Pepto Bismol
  • Tylenol, Advil
  • Bendryl 25 mg tabs (allergic reaction)
  • Bandaids & Neosporin
  • Hydrocortisone cream/ “itch relief” cream
  • ACE compression wraps
  • Chemical cold pack(s)
Do I need to bring money with me?

Optional Additional Costs

  • Tips for POP airport crew that help with luggage, $1-$2 USD per bag
  • Personal Souvenir money (suggested $50-$100)

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