information for team members

The team member packet contains everything you need to know as you prepare for your 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.

February trip important dates

Our dates are February 17-24, 2018. 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 MUST communicate with team leaders ahead of time.

  • team meeting 1 @ 6:30 p.m., Monday, December 4
  • team meeting 2 @ 6:00 p.m., Monday, January 8 (Boston Public Market)
  • team building event @ 2 p.m. (wrap up at 6 p.m.), Sunday, February 11 (Melrose)
  • pre-trip donation packing party @ 6:30 p.m., Friday, February 16

fundraising

You need to have at least half of your funds in by December 16 so we can make our final airfare payment, and the remainder of your funds in by January 13 so we can make our final payment to GO and purchase our supplies. Please plan your fundraisers accordingly, and contact Kellie if you have concerns.

 

July trip important dates

Our trip dates are July 24-31, 2018. 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 MUST communicate with team leaders ahead of time.

  • team meeting 1 @ 6 p.m., Monday, March 26
  • team meeting 2 @ 6 p.m., Monday, May 7
  • team building event @ 10 a.m. (wrap up at 2 p.m.), Saturday, June 23
  • pre-trip donation packing party @ 6 p.m., Monday, July 24

fundraising

You need to have at least half of your funds in by May 13 so we can make our final airfare payment, and the remainder of your funds in by June 10 so we can make our final payment to GO and purchase our medical and team supplies. Please plan your fundraisers accordingly, and contact Lindsay if you have concerns.

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!).

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 to expect on a GO Ministries trip? from GO Ministries on Vimeo.

FAQs

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!)

OTHER QUESTIONS?
Please don't hesitate to ask your team leaders!