Our Volunteer Guide to the
Location and Facilities
Located between Cuba and Puerto Rico, the Dominican Republic shares the island of Hispaniola with Haiti. The Dominican Republic is a very safe and friendly country. Despite its prominence in the tourism industry, the country remains very poor, especially along the “frontera”, or the area along the Haitian border. Its major industries include tourism, agriculture, mining, and manufacturing. We work in a sleepy little town called Monte Cristi. With roughly 20,000 residents, Monte Cristi is located on the northwest coast of the Dominican Republic. It was founded in the 16th century and enjoyed a period of prosperity at the turn of the 19th century when Europeans exported mahogany and agricultural products. Today, salt flats in Monte Cristi form a major part of its economy by producing a large amount of salt for both export and domestic use. Being a coastal town, it is also home to some successful fishermen and there are nearby melon and banana industries. Monte Cristi is also home to a beautiful national park called El Morro. For more information on our location, visit our page on the Dominican Republic.
The Manolo Tavarez Volunteer Center
In the spring of 2007, Outreach360 purchased a four-story hotel in Monte Cristi called Coconuts. We have since converted it into housing for Outreach360 volunteers. In addition to housing about 50 volunteers, the building has a full-functioning kitchen, dining room, space for relaxing or lesson planning, and both en-suite and communal bathrooms. The Manolo Tavarez Volunteer Center is located across the street from a wonderful park and a local juice vendor named Mecho. Outreach360 has also purchased a house next door that is capable of housing 30 additional volunteers.
The Salomón Jorge Volunteer Center
The Salomón Jorge Volunteer Center is a recently purchased space. It was completely renovated in 2017. It consists of two buildings, one that houses our leadership team, office space, and a kitchen, and another that has over a dozen rooms with bunk beds, four communal bathrooms, and our entire Learning Center. We can house roughly 100 volunteers at this facility, making it our primary volunteer site. It is located about 5 blocks from our other location, which is in the center of town, and a few blocks from a nearby beach with a beautiful pier.