information for summer 2017 team members
The 2017 team member packet contains everything you need to know as you prepare for this year's trip, as well as all of the required forms. The team member packet is available via your team leaders. If you have not yet received the team member packet, please reach out.
Our next trip is July 18-25, 2017. By committing to the trip, team members also commit to attending all team meetings, which are vital to building team unity and preparing for the trip. If you have an unavoidable conflict, you
- team meeting 1 @ 6 p.m., Monday, March 27
- team meeting 2 @ 6 p.m., Monday, May 8
- team building event @ 10 a.m. (wrap up at 2 p.m.), Saturday, June 24
- pre-trip donation packing party @ 6 p.m., Monday, July 17
You need to have at least half of your funds in by May 14 so we can make our final airfare payment, and the remainder of your funds in by June 11 so we can make our final payment to GO and purchase our medical and team supplies. Please plan your fundraisers accordingly.
The packing list has been carefully curated with years of experience and includes links for the mosquito net and portable fan that trip veterans recommend. Give yourself enough time to order items that are hard to find in stores (like mosquito nets!).
- Read about the Dominican Republic's more recent history in the novel In the Time of the Butterflies by Julia Alvarez.
- Read about the history of the Island of Hispanola and the relationship between the Dominican Republic and Haiti in Why the Cocks Fight: Dominicans, Haitians, and the Struggle for Hispanola by Michele Wucker.
- Learn Spanish for free with Duolingo.
- Learn more about GO Ministries.
- Learn more about REUNION Christian Church.
- Start the passport application process at the Department of State website.
- Check the CDC website for the latest information on recommended vaccinations.
what to expect
GO Ministries created a helpful video that covers just about everything: what we eat, where we stay, cultural differences to keep in mind, expectations for team members, and more (plus you'll get to see many of the GO staff you'll meet when we arrive!). Please make sure your seat back and tray tables are in their full upright position, and take a look!
What happens if I raise more than my fundraising goal?
Additional support will go toward other trip costs and toward supporting the Vargas family's ongoing work in La Mosca.
Do other churches go on similar trips?
Other churches send teams to the Dominican Republic through GO Ministries, but many of those teams serve in other communities. As the Vargas family's partner, REUNION is the main team serving specifically in La Mosca every year.
Where do we stay?
GO Ministries has several dorms in and around Santiago. The dorms are gender-specific, filled with triple-decker twin-sized bunks, and have very shareable bathrooms. Yes, there are normal toilets, sinks, and showers, and (almost always) running water. Brownouts occur, but the electricity has grown more reliable every year. GO Ministries also provides three meals each day (lots of chicken, rice, beans, and delicious tropical fruits), and plenty of purified water to keep us healthy and hydrated. (For visuals, watch the video above!)
Please don't hesitate to ask your team leaders!