|Religion||Roman Catholic (95%), other (5%)|
|Ethnic Groups||Mixed (73%), White (16%), Black (11%)|
|Motto||"Dios, Patria, Libertad" (Spanish: "God, Country, Liberty")|
|Group Registration Fee - Not included in participant cost:||
|35+ Hours of Ministry:|
|Safe Drinking Water:|
|Transportation to/from Airport and Ministry Sites:|
|Participation in Local Church Services:|
|Sleeping Accommodations:||Floor-sleeping lodging in a secure church or school in the area||Hotel accommodations|
|Meals:||Homemade Dominican and American meals||Homemade Dominican and American meals|
|Recreation or Local Cultural Experience:|
Prior to the trip, you will receive a group leader manual, which includes fundraising ideas, online trip handbooks and resources for participants, group t-shirts, promotional materials, and unlimited pre-trip consultations with your trip leader.
Once in the Dominican Republic, you will receive transportation to and from the airport, transportation to and from ministry sites, three meals a day, purified drinking water, sleeping accommodations, customizable ministry options, an opportunity to attend local church services, evening worship, prayer, and debriefing meetings, and a local sightseeing activity.
Airfare, passport, vaccinations, spending money, offering at church services, construction and/or ministry materials, and personal insurance.
Spanish is the primary language spoken in the Dominican Republic. However, groups are occasionally partnered with Haitian communities there, in which case, Haitian Creole may be heard as well.
Praying Pelican Missions holds safety as a top priority. PPM staff are trained and equipped to provide a safe and incident-free mission experience. PPM staff will be with your team for the entire trip and will have access to transportation, cell phones, hospitals, and first aid kits at all times.
The Dominican Republic has its share of creatures; however, the chance of seeing anything dangerous is very slim. In the unlikely event that one of these creatures is encountered our staff is well prepared and equipped to handle such a situation.
PPM staff will be waiting at the airport upon your arrival. They will greet you upon exiting the airport and will handle all in-country transportation.
All transportation within the Dominican Republic is included in the cost of the trip and will be arranged by PPM. Most often teams will travel via school bus, church van or something similar.
Your team should plan to arrive at and leave from the Santo Domingo (SDQ) airport.
All food and drink provided by PPM during your trip is safe for consumption. Unlimited purified water is provided for drinking and for cooking. All food that is not provided by staff should be avoided unless approved by staff.
Yes. Your team will have the opportunity to see the beauty of the Dominican Republic on your final day of your trip. During that time, you will have the opportunity to purchase souvenirs from the local vendors.
The majority of your meals will be prepared by trained local cooks in the community. The menu will be common Caribbean cuisine including things such as rice and beans, a meat such as chicken, and vegetables/fruits.
No. Praying Pelican Missions will provide all meals from the time you arrive to the time you depart. You may wish to bring snacks, but all main meals will be provided by us.
Please see our general FAQ page for answers to questions not specific to the Dominican Republic
The Dominican Republic occupies the eastern 2/3 of the island of Hispaniola, part of the Greater Antilles archipelago in the Caribbean region. Both by area and population, the Dominican Republic is the second largest Caribbean nation (after Cuba), with 48,442 square kilometers (18,704 sq. mi) and an estimated 10 million people. The country boasts one of the most modern cities in the Caribbean (Santo Domingo), with it's modern shopping malls, underground subway, and fast food restaurant chains. Although the capital of Santo Domingo is modern, it faces its share of challenges, ranging from extreme poverty to prostitution. Even further, leave the capital of Santo Domingo and you enter a world of agriculture, rural coffee villages, and the product of a booming tourism industry.
The Dominican Republics climate is typically tropical. Temperatures range from 70-95 degrees Fahrenheit. The hill country is often 10 degrees cooler on average. The Dominican Republics rainy season runs from May to July. During the rainy season, the country experiences showers in the evenings that last a couple of hours at a time.
The Dominican Republic's official language is Spanish. English is spoken occasionally in the capital, but is less common throughout the rest of the country. Occasionally, teams will serve in Haitian communities, in which Haitian Creole will be the primary language. Check in with your trip consultant to find out what languages your group should be prepared to hear.
Crime in the Dominican Republic is often related to gang activity or prostitution rings. The majority of crime occurs between local Dominicans. Foreigners who take proper precautions greatly reduce the risk of being involved and PPM has safety as a top priority. Your PPM trip leader will be with you the whole time you are in the DR and is prepared to handle any concerns that arise.
The Dominican Republic has long been viewed primarily as an exporter of sugar, coffee, and tobacco, but in recent years the service sector has overtaken agriculture as the economy's largest employer. The economy is highly dependent upon the US, the destination for nearly 60% of exports. Although unemployment remains a long-term challenge, the growth of the Dominican Republic's economy rebounded in 2010-11 from the global recession, and remains one of the fastest growing in the region.
The Dominican Republic uses the Dominican Peso as it's currency. The current exchange rate is 43 Pesos to 1 US Dollar.
Dominican Republic cuisine is very similar to other Caribbean nations. They rely heavily on starches such as rice and plantains. Consistent with the Spanish culture, the most important meal of the day is lunch. A typical lunch may consist of rice, red beans, meat (beef, chicken, pork, or fish), and salad.
Dominicans are very competitive in nature. For fun, you may see them listening to their favorite baseball team's game, playing a game of ball themselves, or playing a table game such as dominoes.
The Dominican Republic was discovered by Christopher Columbus on December 5, 1492 on his first voyage. Columbus named the island Hispaniola. Columbus admiration for Hispaniola with his crew's discovery of gold deposits in the island's rivers led to the establishment of European settlements. The Taino Indians, the inhabitants, were put into slavery and years later, they were eventually wiped out. Bartholomew, brother of Columbus, was appointed governor and in 1496 he founded the city of Santo Domingo, the capital city. The Island of Hispaniola remained under Spanish rule until 1697 when the western part of the island became a French possession. In 1804 it became the Republic of Haiti. In 1809 the eastern side of the island returned to Spanish rule. In 1821 the Spanish settlers declared an independent state but just weeks later, Haitian forces invaded the eastern portion of the island and incorporated Santo Domingo. For the next 22 years the entire island came under Haitian control. On February 27, 1844, the eastern side of the island declared independence and gave their land the name "Dominican Republic." The 70 years that followed were characterized by political unrest and civil war, mainly due to fights for leadership of the government by Dominican strongmen. After a dictatorship of a sergeant in the Dominican Republic army named Rafael Trujillo in 1930, who was assassinated in 1961, Juan Bosch became the first democratically elected president in 4 decades. In 1966, Joaquin Balaguer won in free election against Bosch. In 1996, the US raised Leonel Fernandez but was criticized for not fighting for poverty that affects the population. In August 2000 Hipolito Mejia was elected president but in 2004 he was defeated by former president Fernandez and was reelected on May 16, 2008 defeating Miguel Vargas. The current president is Danilo Medina. (www.spainexchange.com)