What a Trip Looks Like
Your Team Coordinator will be in frequent contact with you helping prepare for your trip. GO Ministries Mission Teams serve for 8 days, from Tuesday to Tuesday in the summer and Saturday to Saturday in the winter, spring and fall. You will spend the first day traveling to Santiago, the second largest city in the Dominican Republic, or to Santo Domingo for teams working in the Bateys.
GO Staff in the Dominican Republic
Our North American missionaries and Dominican Local Leaders will meet you at the airport. They will serve as your facilitators for the remainder of the week.
Your team will travel via the GO Ministries 26-passenger bus or one of our 15-passenger vans.
Each of our dorms, in all of our hubs, have separate sleeping areas for men and women. There are bunk-beds with mattresses and indoor plumbing. There is a common eating area where your team will share meals together.
Three hot meals will be provided each day to team members. Local Leaders will prepare the meals complete with fresh Dominican fruit. The meals are buffet style and you can expect an array of delicious chicken, rice, beans, bread, and fruits. All food is prepared with purified water and bottled water will be available in the dormitory, at the work site, and at all meals. Small corner stores sell bottled soft drinks and snacks as well.
You will work with your team coordinator to determine the schedule of your week based on the Focused Area of Ministry that you choose. Santiago-based teams will also have the opportunities to visit four of our major areas of ministry, where you will learn how you can get involved and pray for the future of this growing ministry. These include:
- GO Community Development
- GO Medical
- GO Church Planting
- GO Sports
Your team will have the opportunity to experience the Dominican or Haitian culture through a church service. If someone from your team would like to teach or if you have worship music prepared, please let us know in advance.
Translators will be available for your team.
Beach Day/ Optional Overnight Trip
Before you leave, you will have the opportunity to enjoy God’s creation at the beach. The purpose of this time is to be able to step away from the ministry you have been doing, and reflect on what God wants you to learn from your time here. It is important that your team processes all that they have seen and experienced before heading back to the States. There are two options:
- Beach Day – The team will leave early in the morning and travel 1.5-2 hours to the northern coast town of Sosua to enjoy the beach and shopping. Lunch is provided at the beach.
- Overnight Stay at the Resort – You will leave after church on Sunday (for summer teams) or Thursday morning (for winter, spring & fall teams) and travel 1-1.5 hours to Puerto Plata. You will stay at an all-inclusive beach resort. All meals are included. There is an additional $50 fee per person for this option.
You and your team members will receive a copy of the GO devotion when they arrive at the dorm. There is a time set aside each morning for you to go through the devotion, led by a member of the GO Staff.
The emergency phone numbers are 829.404.6724 or 849.857.0949. Emergencies ONLY please! We desire for your trip to be a time where the team can “unplug” so that they can focus on what God has in store for you. However, your team members can purchase international coverage if they choose to. We do ask that they limit their phone usage to when you are in the dorm. Internet is not accessible for our team members in the dorms.
Upon your arrival to the Dominican Republic, we will snap a photo of your team and post it on the GO website to notify friends and family that your team has arrived safely. Please allow up to 24 hours for this to be uploaded to the website: https://gomin.org/ministry/teamtracker/
If there is a need for medical treatment, we will see to it that you get the best care available. Being in the second largest city of nearly a million people is ideal because there are several medical facilities nearby. You will be responsible for all medical costs, but usually they are very small in comparison to the USA. We encourage all team members to purchase short term coverage.
We encourage team members to bring extra spending money for souvenirs, or snacks from the convenience stores. You will have opportunity to purchase several souvenirs at the beach such as clothing, Dominican jewelry, paintings, sculptures, and pottery or enjoy going snorkeling ($5-10). Please being cash only – no traveler’s checks or credit cards.