June 3rd - June 10th, 2017
$100 Deposit due by March 1st, 2017
The country of the Dominican Republic is on the island of Hispaniola in the Carribean Sea. The island is split between the DR to the east and Haiti to the west. We will fly into Santa Domingo (the capitol) and drive to Samana where we will stay for the duration of the trip. Samana is a north eastern region coastal region which is popular among tourists. Spanish and English are the two official languages, although some people speak French or Creole, which is a form of French and Spanish. The average high temperature for the month of June is 86 degrees.
We will stay on the beautiful north eastern coast of the Dominican in the town of Samana in a small but comfortable hotel.
What will we do?
We will be working alongside of Rivers of the World and their Pastors Training school. Our trip will be composed of several groups groups: a medical team, construction team, and pastors training school. Our medical team will consist of medical professionals and others who will set up medical clinics in villages. If you are not a medical professional or interested in helping on the medical side then there are odd construction jobs to be completed, children to play with, and people to talk to. There is also the possibility of running a VBS program or worship service in the afternoon and evenings. The Mathes Pastor's Training school will be running concurrently to the medical and construction teams during the day.
Do I need to have any shots before I go?
In the case of the DR, the CDC advises:
- All routine vaccinations be current
- Hepatitis A or immune globulin (IG)
- Hepatitis B
- Although the risk of malaria in Samana is not high, we recommend you talk to your doctor about preventative options (doxycycline is one option, chloroquine is another). Malaria and several other tropical viruses are easily spread through mosquito bites. We recommend you counteract this by wearing long sleeve clothing and bug spray with DEET. More information can be found by visiting www.cdc.gov/travel and selecting the Dominican Republic.
Cost and travel info:
A $100 deposit is due March 1, although due to limited availability, when we are full we are full. We will be traveling from the Huntsville airport. Total trip cost is $1500. There is a discount for Central Presbyterian Members.
Who can go:
Trip participants must be 16 years or older and have completed the 10th grade of High School. Younger children may go only with parental supervision, no exceptions. You do not need to be a member of Central Presbyterian Church, have a medical background, or speak Spanish to go. Potential team members must complete a mission application packet as well as pay a $100 deposit. Deposits are non-refundable unless we are able to modify our trip reservation at no charge (this will be at the discresion of our airline providers, in which case you will receive your deposit in full). We are looking for team members with compassionate and willing hearts, those who are willing to be flexible, and those who will love and serve others as they love and serve God.
Because this is a mission trip, we ask that we would be as little burden as possible on our hosts. This means that we need to take care of ourselves, such as making sure everyone on our team is properly hydrated and nourished. It can get very hot during the day with a high amount of humidity. It is important to take frequent water breaks while working and to stay out of the sun as much as possible especially in mid-day. Remember also that we are there not only to be a blessing, but to allow our Dominican brothers and sisters to be a blessing to us! There is much to learn from their faith and their culture!
To sign up for the Dominican Republic 2017, please contact Dan Kish at email@example.com or (256) 534-8446.