Santiago, Dominican Republic

Santiago, Dominican Republic

Hurricane Irma recently tore through the Caribbean, leaving behind tremendous damage. Our friends in the Dominican Republic are grateful that minimal damage occurred at their farm, but many people in the Santiago community suffered great devastation and are asking for help. We invite you to be part of the effort to repair and rebuild several homes this fall.

We’re sending teams to Santiago from November 4-11, December 2-9, and December 9-16 to help rebuild, bring recovery, and show compassion to families who lost almost everything to Irma.

The cost for the trip is $899 per person, not including airfare to the Dominican Republic. This price covers meals, lodging, ground transportation, and the materials needed to do the rebuilding work.

For more information about how you can be part of these recovery trips, please call us at 1-800-747-2157. If you’re unable to go, we’re happy to share other ways you can help.

Thank you for your ongoing love and compassion for people in the Dominican Republic.

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Date Age Availability Register
Nov 04 2017 to Nov 11 2017 Senior High (14 +) Nearly Full 1-800-747-2157
Dec 02 2017 to Dec 09 2017 Senior High (14 +) Open
Dec 09 2017 to Dec 16 2017 Senior High (14 +) Open

How You'll Serve

On our recovery trips, you might be involved with these types of projects (subject to change):

  • Help rebuild homes and other structures.
  • Provide help to families and individuals impacted by the hurricane.
  • Assist in other ways as needed.

Our Partners

Our ministry partners have been in the Dominican Republic since 2011, creating a sustainable infrastructure to provide for people’s basic needs. Because of the high poverty level and low education level in Santiago, people lack access to basic things we take for granted, such as clean water and quality medical care. Our partners meet these physical needs as well as spiritual needs in creative, cutting-edge ways. They’re developing long-term community projects that provide sustainable infrastructure, jobs, and clean water.

Sample Itinerary

Saturday—Arrive at Cibao International Airport (STI); transport to lodging facility.
Sunday—Attend local church service; learn about our local ministry partner's ministry. Begin recovery projects.
Monday–Friday—Provide recovery services, as needed.
Saturday—Depart for the airport; fly home.

*Please bring a flexible attitude, as needs on the ground are constantly changing.

Need to Know

  • A passport is required to travel to the Dominican Republic.
  • Be up to date on all standard vaccines, such as tetanus, mumps, measles, and rubella. Hepatitis A vaccine is also recommended. Bring bug spray (with at least 25% DEET) because mosquito-borne illnesses including dengue fever and Chikungunya are present in the Dominican Republic.
  • Fly into the Cibao International Airport (STI). Average flight cost is $600 to $700.
  • Lodging is in a simple hotel in gender-specific rooms that sleep four to five people.
  • Currency is the Dominican Peso. Santiago isn’t a big tourist destination, so there aren’t many places to spend cash. It may not be necessary to exchange money at all during the trip.
  • Electricity is the same as in America, so a converter or adapter isn’t needed for plugging in electronics.
  • Spanish is the primary language.
  • Bring additional money for donations.
Price: $899 per person
Deposit: $100 per person

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Yes! Lifetree Adventures! We have created faith-based trips to many destinations where you stay in a comfortable hotel, serve those in need, and see the local sights and culture. They’re designed for the individual, family, or group that wants to make an impact with their vacation.

Check out our website at Lifetreeadventures.com

Call our expert International Mission Trip advisors at 800-747-2157.

Prices do not include airfare from North America. However, in Peru, our price includes the airfare from Lima to Pucallpa.

To reserve space on a trip, a nonrefundable $100 deposit is due when you register. Final payment is due 60 days before departure. Please visit our website for complete details of our cancellation policy.

All U.S. citizens need a valid passport to enter a foreign country and return to the United States. It must be valid six months beyond your intended stay and have 1-2 blank pages remaining. A passport is not required for trips to Puerto Rico and Alaska. Visas are not required for most trips. For full information, please ask your mission trip planner at time of booking.

Our international trips are family-friendly, so, in most cases, kids can serve along with adults. Contact Robin at 866-595-4906 for more location-specific age requirements. You must have one adult (21 or older) for every five students. If you have both males and females in your group, you must have at least one adult volunteer of each gender.

Most meals are covered as part of your registration, except for free days if you're serving in Alaska or Puerto Rico. Please see the detailed itinerary of your international trip for any exceptions.

Most meals will be provided by our ministry partners, who have been carefully trained to prepare safe and nutritious meals for our teams. You will get a taste of local food on all of our trips, and some locations will include American food as well.

Your international mission trip covers gratuities for meals in restaurants that are included for the week. Gratuities for porters or housekeeping staff if you stay in a hotel during your trip are at your discretion. Airport porters who help with your bags will expect to be tipped $1-$2, and if you participate in a guided tour or fun activity on your free day, you may want to consider tipping your hired guide.

While some adventures are more physically strenuous than others, most international trips will include at least four 8-hour service days in hot and humid environments. Your group can work at the level of physical exertion with which they’re comfortable.

The safety of your group is a top priority for us, as we’re sure it is for you. In all the areas we serve, we take extra precautions to make sure you or your group is as safe as possible. Guided by our local, experienced ministry staff partners, we avoid situations that are inherently dangerous. We’re also proactive by choosing lodging facilities and transportation that are safe and reliable. Your mission trip advisor is glad to answer further safety questions.

Probably. If you’re looking for a trip specially designed for your group, we may be able to accommodate that for you. We have several trips a year that we custom design for groups, at a date and location that fits their needs. Pricing and availability vary, but if you’re interested in a custom week, contact Robin at ralm@group.com, or call 1-800-747-2157 for more information.

$899*/person
*Flight not included
Price:
$899*
Age:
14 +
Trip Capacity:
20
Shots Required:
Yes
Passport Required:
Yes

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