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Join One Child Matters as we journey down to the sunny Dominican Republic! During this life-changing trip, you will have a blast as you encounter hundreds of smiling children happy to see you. Throughout the trip, you will see first-hand the workings of the child development centers and how they strive to show each child how much God loves them. You will have the chance to visit 4 or 5 different projects where you might host a VBS or complete some light construction.
The itinerary also includes a fun-filled day of activities with your sponsored child. Spend a full day getting to know the child you prayerfully and financially support. The breathtaking scenery, rich culture, and loving people of the Dominican Republic is sure to be an experience you will not soon forget. Sign-up today to reserve your spot!
Not a sponsor yet? Not a problem! When completing the registration, make a note of your desire to sponsor and we will connect you with a child right away. This way you can start the communication now with your child before journeying down to their home country.
Trip Capacity: 15Background Check: Due January 12, 2015 – $45 (nonrefundable) Trip Deposit: $250 (nonrefundable) – due January 19, 2015 contingent upon background check approval
Trip Cost: $2,695 (not including your flight or travel to our departure city of New York, NY (JFK International Airport)
This cost includes roundtrip airfare from New York, NY (JFK) to Santiago, Domincan Republic (STI). You are responsible to get to and from JFK. Please arrive at least 3 hours prior to departure in Atlanta and allow for 3 hours before your return flight home
Flight costs are at $440.00; any additional fuel surcharge will need to be paid by the traveler upon the day of ticketing (February 20, 2015). Departing JFK: April 15 – 2:00pm Delta Airlines Flight #452 Arriving JFK: April 21 – 10:59am Delta Airlines Flight #312
What do the trip costs cover? Includes: Round trip airfare from New York to Santiago, meals in-country, transportation, accommodations, excursions, and gratuities Excludes: Flights or travel to/from New York, meals in-transit, souvenirs, and elective entertainment
Registration* and Background Check $45: due January 12, 2015$250 Deposit: due January 19, 2015 Payment #1: $1200, due February 23, 2015 Payment #2: $1200 or remaining balance, due March 23, 2015
Conference Calls: TBD
*After registration, OCM will review your application. All applications are subject to approval.*
**This schedule is tentative, and the day-to-day activities are subject to change**
Age Limit: The minimum age to participate is 14. Children under the age of 18 must be accompanied by a parent or guardian; all applications are subject to approval. If a child between the ages of 14 and 18 is traveling alone, the parents or guardians must consent to International Travel of a minor and have a “Traveler Guardian” in place of the parents.
Please Note: A valid passport is required for travel but is not required at the time of registration. A copy of your passport is due March 15, 2015. All passports MUST be valid for 6 months after the mission trip dates (in this case, October 21, 2015). The traveler is responsible for seeking medical advice concerning updating your immunizations. Further information on medical and safety preparations for the trip will be provided following the approval of each traveler application.
Need Help? If you have questions that are not addressed here, please feel free to email the Assistant Trip Coordinator, Christi Costello, at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Preparing for your trip: One Child Matters does not require any immunizations; however, it is always wise to have your tetanus shot up-to-date. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (www.cdc.gov), “You should become familiar with what steps to take and who to contact in case of a medical emergency while you are traveling.” We recommend that you consult with your physician, local health department or the CDC website www.cdc.gov/travel/ for information required and recommended immunizations for the country where you will be traveling 6 to 8 weeks before your departure. Some vaccinations require a series of doses spaced weeks apart.
Background Check: To ensure the safety of our children and determine eligibility to travel with One Child Matters, all travelers must complete a criminal background check. To process background checks, One Child Matters uses a third party company. After completing trip registration, please send in your $45 to pay for your background check. The $45 is nonrefundable – if your background check is approved, the funds will be applied towards your overall trip cost. The results of your background check are confidential and all personal information is kept in a secure location.
Your seat is NOT reserved until we receive an approved background check and a deposit. A deposit can be made via check or credit card following registration and background check approval. Checks made payable to One Child Matters can be sent to:
One Child Matters Attn: Trip Coordinator 15475 Gleneagle Drive Colorado Springs, CO 80921
If you are falling behind on payments, we will not drop you from the trip until you have missed TWO payment deadlines.
The total trip cost must be paid in full by the final payment deadline.
Be sure to follow these instructions for ALL checks both personal as well as from friends and family:
Credit card payments can be made by contacting Christi at 719.481.0400 x205.
All mission trip money is tax-deductible and therefore non-refundable as specified by the IRS. One Child Matters sends gift receipts at the end of every month. In the event a mission trip is cancelled by One Child Matters, we will credit any unspent funds back to the donor or work to reschedule the trip. If you are no longer able to travel on a mission trip or decide not to go, any money you or a donor have given cannot be refunded; however, One Child Matters will allow any unspent funds to be used as a credit towards a future trip.
If you're ready to join us, click here to begin the registration process!