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Join One Child Matters as we journey down to the sunny Dominican Republic! During this life-changing trip, you will meet hundreds of smiling children happy to see you. Throughout the trip, you will see firsthand the workings of OCM child development centers and how they strive to show each child how much God loves them. You will have the chance to visit four or five different centers, where you might help host a Vacation Bible School 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 are sure to create an experience you will not soon forget. Sign up today to reserve your spot!
If you do not currently sponsor a child, no 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 communicating with your child before journeying to the Dominican Republic.
Trip Capacity: 15 Background Check: $45 (nonrefundable)
Trip Deposit: $250 (nonrefundable) – due upon approval of background check Cost of the trip: TBD
This cost includes roundtrip airfare from the departure city (TBD) to Santiago, Dominican Republic (STI). You are responsible to get to/from the departure city. Please arrive at least three hours prior to departure and allow for three hours on your return flight home.
What do the trip costs cover? Includes: Round trip airfare from the departure city to Santiago, all meals in-country, accommodations, excursions and gratuities Excludes: Flights to/from departure city, meals in-transit, souvenirs and elective entertainment
Check back soon for payment deadlines!
Saturday, February 6: Depart the U.S. and fly to Santiago! After landing in the wonderful country of the Dominican Republic, you will collect your luggage and travel to the hotel. After checking in and finding your room, our in-country staff will host an orientation where you will learn more about the country and the week’s itinerary.
Sunday, February 7: Today, you will have the opportunity to worship alongside fellow believers! After the church service, you will enjoy a nice meal with the team. In the afternoon, you will spend quality time with the nationals as you walk around their community and form new relationships.
Monday, February 8 – Wednesday, February 10: During these 3 days, you will have tons of fun as you participate in a number of activities with the children at our child development centers. Much of the time will be spent hosting children’s ministry, where you can share God’s love, play games and create crafts.
Thursday, February 11: Today’s the day you have been waiting for! It’s time to celebrate with your sponsored child. You will get to spend the entire day playing games and sharing stories with your child. This day may include a trip to a community park or a local museum. You will not have to worry about the language barrier as translators will be present to assist you in communication. After a packed day of excitement, you will enjoy a low-key dinner at the hotel and a restful night’s sleep.
Friday, February 12: This day will be devoted to rest and reflection. Take some time to process the past week as you sightsee and shop for some souvenirs!
Saturday, February 13: Your journey comes to a close, as you board the plane to fly home!
**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/guardians must consent to International Travel of a Minor and have a “Traveler Guardian” in place of the parents/guardians.
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 two months prior to the trip. All passports MUST be valid for six months after the mission trip (August 14, 2016). The traveler is responsible for seeking medical advice concerning updating immunizations. Further information on medical and safety preparations for the trip will be provided following the approval of each traveler’s 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 six to eight weeks before your departure, 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 you will be traveling to. 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 toward your overall trip cost. The results of the 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 following registration and background check approval by check or credit card. 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 and those 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, OCM 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, OCM will allow any unspent funds to be used as a credit toward a future trip.
Registration information coming soon!