A great adventure awaits you! GO Ministries challenges people to encounter the world through God’s perspective. What better way than to visit the world and be introduced to another culture through serving shoulder to shoulder with a local leader to meets needs in their community.
Most people dread the logistic nightmare of planning a trip to a foreign country with many unknowns. No need to worry, GO Ministries has been taking teams to the Dominican Republic for 20 years. We take care of your food, lodging, and work projects to give you time to enjoy with the nationals and to focus on the spiritual growth of your team and reaching out to others.
GO Ministries sends teams from all across the United States to the Dominican Republic for mission adventures. By sending groups to lead worship, teach, preach, participate in drama, children’s ministry, medical and dental clinics, sporting events and camps, and to build churches, homes, schools and nutrition centers, we earn the respect of the community to share the hope of Christ, while leaving a physical sign of God’s love.
By working side-by-side with nationals, we emphasize time spent building relationships with Nationals through work, worship, ministry and fellowship.
What a Trip Looks Like
Your Team Coordinator will be in frequent contact with you helping prepare you for your trip before you go. Most GO Ministries short-term trips last for 8 days, from Tuesday to Tuesday. You will spend the first day traveling to Santiago, the second largest city in the Dominican Republic or to Santo Domingo for teams working in Batey 9.
GO Staff in the D.R.
Our American missionaries will meet you at the airport after you go through customs and will serve as your leaders and guides for the remainder of the week.
Your team will travel around the city via the GO Ministries 30-passenger bus or one of our 15-passenger vans.
We have four levels of trips for your team to participate in.
- Level 1: Most first-time teams choose to participate in a Level 1 trip. The team will stay in the city of Santiago, more specifically in the barrio of Hoya del Caimito. This is the headquarters of GO Ministries in the D.R. Eduard Gabriel is the President of GO Ministries, Inc. in the Dominican Republic. The team will sleep in one of two dormitories located in the community.
- Level2: We have a dormitory in Hato del Yaque, a poor community outside of Santiago. Teams will have the opportunity to bless the people of the community during their stay.
- Level 3: For a more adventurous or seasoned team, we offer trips to the Bateys, sugarcane cutting communities in the southwestern part of the Dominican. We have a men’s and women’s dormitory there with indoor plumbing. There is immense poverty in the region.
- Level 4: Teams who are interested in spending 3 nights in Haiti now have the option to do so. Women sleep inside the church and men sleep outside of the church under the stars. There is an outdoor shower house with private shower stalls and a newly constructed outhouse.
Three hot meals will be provided each day to team members. A few fabulous women in the church prepare the meals complete with fresh Dominican fruit. The meals are buffet style and you can expect an array of delicious chicken, rice, beans, bread, and fruits. All food is prepared with purified water and bottled water will be available in the dormitory, at the work site, and at all meals. Small corner stores sell bottled soft drinks and snacks as well.
After a brief tour of the Ministry Hub, your team will begin your work project that you arrange with GO Ministries depending on the talents and desires of your team.
Translators will be available for your team.
Your team will have the opportunity to experience the Dominican or Haitian culture through several church services. If someone from your team would like to teach or if you have worship music prepared, please let us know in advance.
Beach Day/ Optional Overnight Trip
Before you leave, you will have the opportunity to spend one night and a day on the beautiful coastline of the Dominican where you can shop at the little shops on the beach, swim, snorkel, or simply relax and reflect on your week. If you choose to overnight at the beach there is an additional $50 fee per person and you will be staying at an all-inclusive beach resort. All meals are included and a trip to the public beach.
If there is a need for medical treatment while we are abroad, we will see to it that you get the best care available. Being in the second largest city of nearly a million people is ideal because there are several medical facilities nearby. You will be responsible for all medical costs, but usually they are very small in comparison to the USA.