General Trip Information
Lodging and Meals
Depending on team size, teams may stay in a Dominican’s home and sleep on bunk beds, or stay at El Platino Hotel, (http://www.hotelplatinord.com/). In case of an emergency, the phone number of the hotel is 809-724-7576 and the phone number of the Dominican home is 809-337-4397.
Overseas Ground Transportation
We will be using vans or charter services for transportation while on your trip.
The currency is the Dominican Peso. The dollar value in terms of the peso varies from day to day. We will let you know when and where you may exchange money. It is best to exchange small amounts at a time
The majority of the Dominican Republic enjoys beautiful tropical weather all year round, with the average annual temperature hovering around 77 degrees. We will be there in the months that are considered the “summer” months.
One of our most frequently asked questions is regarding shots. Please make sure that you have an updated Tetanus shot. The following vaccines are recommended by Cobb County Health Services. They are not, however; required to go on the trip: Hepatitis A, Hepatitis B, Malaria, and Typhoid.
You are allowed to travel with one piece of checked luggage weighing 50 pounds or less and one carry-on.
Keep in mind that carry-on bags must fit under your seat or in the overhead rack. (A purse or briefcase is not counted as a carry-on). Also keep in mind that you must keep up with the luggage you check or carry-on.
If you have decided to join our team, then you have agreed to live within the guidelines of our standards. Please follow the guidelines addressed below.
a)Concerning Women - We realize that dress/skirt/short lengths are a constant point of controversy, but we do expect that you will have a wardrobe that is consistent with our standards. We expect your dress/skirt/short length to be no higher than the top of the knee. We also expect that you will refrain from wearing low-cut necklines, bare midriffs, see-through material, open backs, skin-tight clothing, short shorts, or other revealing type clothing. For swimming, a modest one-piece bathing suit is required. Ladies need to pack a one piece bathing suit, knee length skirts or dresses, Capri pants, Bermuda shorts, t-shirts, work clothes, tennis shoes, and modest sleepwear. For church on Sunday, Ladies should wear a dress or knee length skirt with a blouse or t-shirt. (No tank tops).
b)Concerning Men - NO EARRINGS, PLEASE. Men need to pack a bathing suit, long pants, collared shirts, t-shirts and dress shorts (khaki shorts), work clothes, and tennis shoes. (Modest shorts and t-shirts can be worn during free time at hotel). For church on Sunday, Men should wear long pants, closed-toed shoes, and a shirt with a collar.
Spending money- $100-$200 is suggested- (no larger than $20 bills)
Any medications or vitamins you need in their original bottle
Pen & notebook
Alarm clock (battery powered)
Dirty clothes bag
Bathing Suit (one-piece for girls)
Water Shoes (for waterfalls)
Church clothes (see dress code for specifics)
Work & Ministry clothes (see dress code for specifics)
Tennis Shoes & Flip flops
Towels (for water activities and bathing)
Camera, film, batteries
Water bottle or Nalgene bottle (optional)
Breakfast food & snacks
Light jacket or sweatshirt (optional)
Those staying in a Dominican’s Home may want to consider bringing:
One set of twin sized sheets, a cotton blanket, a pillow & pillowcase
Bring clothes you have worn, washed, and know are comfortable. These should be clothes that you don’t mind getting dirty. There is no laundry service. Pack all film, cameras, etc. in your carry-on bag. No liquids, gels, and/or aerosols are permitted in your carry-on bag EXCEPT for one clear transparent re-sealable 1 quart (1 liter) size plastic bag which may contain liquids, gels, and/or aerosols in containers of 3 oz. (90ml) capacity or less per container.
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"Since 963 Effect has been bringing teams to the Dominican Republic, we have experienced growth in our church."
Pastor Rafael German,