Dominican Republic

September 18, 2017 – September 20, 2017

Trip Overview


Dominican Republic: September 18, 2017 – September 20, 2017

HOPE Trips provide you with an opportunity to see firsthand the impact that Christ-centered microenterprise development is having around the world! You will have an opportunity to meet clients of Esperanza, HOPE’s partner in the Dominican Republic, see their businesses, and meet the staff that serve them. Our hope is that you return home significantly changed and committed to becoming involved in expanding HOPE’s vision.

Cost


Trip fee:

$650

Includes: all meals and beverages, local transportation, lodging, translator services, partner and staff costs, and a program donation

Does not include: round trip airfare, shots, incidentals, passports, or souvenirs

Deposit:

$200

Paid at registration and goes toward the trip fee

Agenda


Day 1

  • Arrive in Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic
  • Dinner and presentation by HOPE representative

Day 2

  • Breakfast and devotions with the group
  • Attend community bank meetings
  • Visit with clients at their homes and businesses
  • Lunch with Esperanza staff members
  • Meet with special loan client
  • Dinner and debrief

Day 3

  • Optional tourist activity
  • Depart for home

Accommodations


Varies depending on trip location and group size.

Trip contact(s)


Contact
Arden Moyer, HOPE Trips coordinator
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Registration


Registration Deadline: August 07, 2017

Register Online Trip Payment/Support

Contact Arden Moyer, HOPE Trips coordinator if you have questions about registering for this trip.

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Questions? Read our HOPE Trips's FAQs.

HOPE Trips FAQs

What will I do on an Experience HOPE Trip?

Trips to the field are an opportunity for you to see firsthand the impact that Christ-centered microenterprise development is having around the world.

Experience HOPE Trips are typically three days in length. Unlike traditional missions or work trips, Experience HOPE Trips are designed to be observational, allowing you to visit clients, see their businesses, and meet the staff who serves them. We hope that seeing this transformational work in action will compel you to partner with HOPE in a deeper way.

Can children attend HOPE Trips?

Individuals of all ages are welcome to attend an Experience HOPE Trip, although younger children might find trip conditions uncomfortable. Visits to the field will be spent standing and walking over rough terrain. It can also be very hot and humid.

How much money should I bring?

You will not need to cover any expenses during your Experience HOPE Trip. However, if you would like to bring money for souvenirs or purchasing something small from clients, we suggest $25-$50. HOPE staff will help you exchange your money at the best rate.

What do I need to bring?

We suggest that you bring bug repellent, sunscreen, a lightweight rain jacket, a camera, a Bible, and a journal. If possible, we also suggest packing only a carry-on for ease of travel.

Can I extend my trip for personal travel?

Yes, you are welcome to extend your trip either on the front or back end for personal travel. The Experience HOPE Trips coordinator will work with you to arrange your flights.

What should I wear?

For all Experience HOPE Trips, we suggest modest, business casual dress. When meeting with clients, shirts with sleeves, capris, or skirts and dresses reaching below the knee are best for women, while nicer slacks and polo or dress shirts are preferred for men. However, during downtime or on days not spent with clients or staff, you are welcome to wear jeans and shorts as well. Comfortable, closed-toe shoes are ideal for walking and standing during the trip.

Do I need a passport or tourist visa?

All countries of travel require a passport that is valid for at least six months after the date you will return to the United States. To apply for or renew your passport, please visit travel.state.gov, or for urgent requests with additional fees, www.traveldocs.com.

Visas required to enter a country will vary depending on the trip destination. Please consult Travel Document Systems at www.traveldocs.com for more information. The Experience HOPE Trips coordinator will also communicate specific details to you once you have registered for your trip.

Do I need any vaccinations for my trip?

Required vaccinations vary depending on the Experience HOPE Trip destination. Please consult the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (www.cdc.gov) for more information about required and suggested vaccinations. The Experience HOPE Trips coordinator will also communicate specific details to you once you have registered for your trip.

Do I need to arrange pickup from the airport, transportation, or lodging?

HOPE will arrange all of your in-country logistics, including picking you up and dropping you off at the airport. We will communicate specific details for your trip during the pre-trip conference call scheduled the week prior to your trip.

What airport will I fly into?

The airport you fly into may vary depending upon the country of travel, as well as the area your group will visit. The Experience HOPE Trips coordinator will confirm the location for your specific trip after you register.

What does my trip fee cover?

Your Experience HOPE Trip fee will cover the costs of all in-country accommodations, including transportation, lodging, meals, translation, and a program donation. Your fee does not cover the cost of your airfare or any required travel documents and vaccinations.

How do I pay for my trip?

You can pay for your trip in a few different ways.

You are welcome to pay for your trip expenses directly at www.hopetrips.org; over the phone by calling 717.464.3220; or by mailing cash or a check to HOPE International at 227 Granite Run Drive, Suite 250, Lancaster, PA 17601.

If you would like to raise funds to cover the cost of your trip, you can send individual checks or cash to the HOPE office (address above). Please include a note or memo identifying your name and which trip you plan to attend.

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