Our Volunteer Guide to the
Dominican Republic
One Page Summary
  1. Be two hours early at the airport.

  2. Find your passport now. If you do not have an American or Canadian passport, look here to see if there are any special visa requirements for your country.

  3. This is not a vacation. This is not a tour. This is a service trip to a developing country. Part of the fun is all the things that go wrong. Expect it. Enjoy it. Be flexible.

  4. Things to bring:

    • Your passport

    • Mosquito repellent. Extra mosquito repellent. We suggest mosquito repellent with DEET.  Also, a long sleeve shirt and long pants for times when mosquitoes are bad.

    • A portable battery powered fan for sleeping, especially if the heat bothers you.

    • Sunscreen.

    • A flashlight with extra batteries.

    • A personal water bottle.

    • Twin sheets, a towel, an airline-style blanket/throw, and washcloths. (Sheet and towels and blankets and pillows are optional, they are available on-site)

    • Foam Earplugs (The chickens and donkeys can be loud at night!)

    • A camera, extra camera batteries, and memory. Double the memory you think you will need.

    • Personal toiletry items, including soap, you may need. Instant hand sanitizer is helpful.

    • Items for stomach issues, just in case: Pepto Bismol, Immodium, etc.

    • An extra pair of glasses or contacts, if you use them.

    • A plastic garbage bag to store your dirty clothes.

    • Clothes for teaching, free time, an optional church service, and the beach, per our dress code.

    • A watch and alarm clock feature—you will be responsible for managing your personal time, including your wake-up time.

    • You will have access to a charging station for your camera and phone; no special European type adapters are needed.

  5. For those who may need to reach you in case of an emergency, have them leave a message on the Outreach360 voicemail (602) 375-2900.

  6. It is an Outreach360 requirement that you communicate with someone at home when you make it to our facilities to let them know you've arrived safely.  Volunteers communicating with someone in the United States or Canada will be able to use our Vonage phone. Communicating outside the U.S. or Canada will need to be done via e-mail. Please coordinate this in advance of your trip so your family knows whom you are going to contact. Please tell people NOT to expect any communication within your first 24 hours on-site

  7. The amount of spending money you'll need is minimal. Your housing and all meals in Monte Cristi are included in your minimum program donation. Any meals eaten at the airport are your responsibility.  Ground transportation to and from the Santiago airport is provided at no extra cost for those volunteers arriving and departing during our recommended travel window. Effective May 2018, your $10 Tourist Card entry fee is usually included in your airline ticket.  There is no charge to exit the country unless you stay 30 days or longer in which case there will be an additional fee (estimated $50). You will need money to make a phone call home, to buy an occasional soda, buy any miscellaneous personal items you may need, souvenirs, etc. Some volunteers have spent less than $10 during a week. You will probably not have access to an ATM machine unless you are with us for more than a week. Our suggestion is to bring $100 in cash (not traveler’s checks) and to not change money until you arrive.

  8. Traveler’s medical insurance is included in your program donation during your trip; it becomes effective when you arrive in the Dominican Republic and completes when you leave the Dominican Republic. Your Outreach360 IMG medical insurance has a $100 deductible; each volunteer is responsible for paying any medical bills at the clinic and for submitting their bills to IMG for reimbursement.

  9. Check with your airline regarding luggage allowance. Also check to see if there are any special luggage embargoes on your airline, i.e. no checked boxes. We request that you bring all personal essentials and one week of clothing in your carry-on, as it may take a week to return to the airport to pick up lost luggage.

  10. You will have access to a charging station for your camera; no special European-type electric adapters are needed.