World Servants is working alongside Foundation Mi Refugio in Villa Hermosa to continue construction of the primary and vocational schools. Villa Hermosa is a large barrio just outside La Romana, Dominican Republic. We have future plans to expand the building of the current Eye and Ear Clinic by constructing a second level which will house a new dental clinic.
The people living in Villa Hermosa are hard-working, friendly and family-oriented. The normal household income is less than $5,000.00 per year. Living conditions are simple, but challenging. Most families live in one or two room houses made of handmade mud bricks/wood or concrete blocks, with roofs that often leak and latrines located outside.
WHAT WE'RE DOING
The team will participate in experiential cross-cultural training, attend a worship service in the community, and visit families to learn about life in Villa Hermosa. There will be many opportunities to interact with children. We plan to host a Kids’ Club that includes Bible Stories, crafts, and games.
The team will also be working to help with the next construction phase of the much needed educational buildings. We will work alongside the community on tasks such as hauling sand, mixing concrete, laying foundations, carpentry, finishing concrete and possibly painting.
The team will spend their day off at the beach.
TRIPS TO THIS COMMUNITY
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FOOD, LODGING, & TRAVEL
You’ll fly into Punta Cana, Dominican Republic where World Servants will meet you and transport you to your lodgings. We will be lodging at a Methodist Mission house in Villa Hermosa. There are separate dorm style bedrooms for boys and girls. There are male and female bathrooms with showers. We will have bus transportation daily between the lodging and work site.
All meals will be prepared for us by local Dominican volunteers who understand the need for good, healthy meals. The main diet consists of bread, potatoes, cornmeal, some beef and chicken, eggs, rice, tomatoes, cabbage, carrots, beans, avocados, along with fresh pineapple, mango, bananas, and papaya. Clean, safe water will be available to the team at all times.
IS IT SAFE?
TRIP SAFETY PROTOCOLS
Trip safety is extremely important to World Servants and our host community. While Dominican Republic has been in the news lately, 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.