World Servants began short-term mission trips in the Dominican Republic (DR) in 1986. The World Servants DR office has hosted World Servants’ teams for three decades. Partnerships with several communities means every year hundreds of World Servants volunteers work in the DR building schools, community centers, dispensaries and other community development projects.
The partnership between World Servants, mission teams, and our host community is significant for everyone. Dominicans receive encouragement, prayer and tangible help, while people from the United States will be challenged in their faith by involvement with hope-filled Dominican believers.
WHAT WE'RE DOING
World Servants coordinates mission experiences to meet the specific needs of families, as well as teams made up of all ages; no previous experience is necessary. From the service projects to the evening program, each day is scheduled to help connect you, your group, or family with experiences that will have a lasting impact on each person’s life.
World Servants serves diverse communities around the world through leaders committed to impacting the world through Jesus Christ. Construction projects are dependent on the host community’s needs. This year, teams will be serving after seventeen months of everything being closed because of COVID. As the dates of our trip draw closer, the community partners will identify how we can help with the biggest needs. We will have a Dominican construction master available to show us what needs to be done and how to do it. Your team will also have a chance to outreach to the children in the community through Kids’ Club, a Bible School-type opportunity.
Our projects have a long-term influence both on volunteer participants and the local area while assisting these communities to become self-sustaining. As a result, we see powerful demonstrations of reconciliation, healing and renewed hope for individuals, congregations, organizations and communities.
TRIPS TO THIS COMMUNITY
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FOOD, LODGING, & TRAVEL
The trip cost includes trip set-up, trip leadership, all on-site expenses including lodging, food and water, in-country transportation, in-field cross cultural training, evening program, debriefing and re-entry resources, in addition to quality group servicing.
Lodging varies depending on the community. For instance, San Cristobal groups stay at the community center sleeping in bunk beds. Teams working in La Cumbre or Consuelito stay at a school with rooms set up dormitory-style. Male and female restrooms are available and showers are usually refreshingly cool, especially at the end of a long, hot work day. Please be aware that temperatures can be very hot in this part of the world.
Meals, prepared by local cooks will have Caribbean flare! The cooks are trained in safely preparing food for American teams—all food, including fruits and vegetables, is safe to eat. Most dinner dishes will consist of various authentic Dominican rice and chicken recipes, in addition to a wide variety of vegetables sides. Bottled drinking water will be available at all times.
Your trip includes a day-off, which is typically Wednesday. Everyone will enjoy a day at the beach and shopping at an open-air market where you can barter for souvenirs, helping the local economy at the same time.
IS IT SAFE?
TRIP SAFETY PROTOCOLS
Trip safety is extremely important to World Servants and our host community. The community we are working and staying in is considered very safe and we do not anticipate any safety issues.
COVID-19 Safety Response
We are working diligently to address the directives of the communities we serve in regard to the coronavirus (COVID-19). Be assured, World Servants will not hesitate to cancel or suspend a trip if appropriate.
While World Servants does not require participants to be vaccinated, some countries in which we serve may require proof of vaccination and/or a negative COVID test in order to gain entry into the country. World Servants will work with you and your team to make sure you are aware of any travel requirements prior to trip onset.