St. Clement Service Trip
Vale Fiel, Dominican Republic
May 31 - June 7, 2018
You will be working in the community of Vale Fiel to construct a gravity driven water project. The project will benefit the 60 families that live in this rural community in the region of Puerto Plata.
The group will be sleeping in a home of the community.
Coordinates: 19.71053, -70.83426
Our staff in the Dominican Republic has been working since July 2017 to make this project a reality. It has taken months of community assessments, feasibility studies, water testing, engineering plans, creation of a water committee, and the preparation and education of the community to construct a water project and sustain it for many many years to come. We break ground on the project in less than a month and we can't wait to begin working with you to make water a reality in the community.
Prepare for your Service Trip:
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As soon as you arrive in the Dominican Republic, our staff and the BLUE bus will be waiting for you outside. The bus ride from Santiago to Vale Fiel is about 1 hour. We highly recommend eating a good breakfast, while at the airport in Miami please eat lunch during the layover. When you arrive in the community at night, you will eat dinner.
Meet your leaders:
Danny Rodriguez - CEO of BLUE Missions
Danny founded BLUE Missions in 2010 after participating on several service trips to the Dominican Republic with another organization.
He is very excited to lead the St. Clement Trip and his first one of the summer.
Sofi Ruiz-Castaneda - Intern
Sofi just graduated from Spring Hill College a few days ago. She has been volunteering and interning with our organization since 2014. She is excited to meet you all in a few weeks before heading off to medical school in July.
American Airlines changed their baggage policy at the begging of 2018. Please pack according to the information below and that on the American Airlines website. Each participant is responsible to pay for their own bags.
Carry-On: You can only bring on 1 item that fits under your seat (18 x 14 x 8 inches). A backpack is ideal.
In your carry on please include:
- One change of clothes (if you would like)
Checked Luggage: A 50-60 liter duffel bag or backpack is ideal. If you purchased a service trip kit, you should be able to fit everything within that duffle bag. We recommend bringing old clothes or clothes you wouldn't mind getting dirty or ruined. Everything on this list are items you most likely already have. Feel free to share items on the supply, toiletry and food list with friends who will be joining you on the trip.
Don't forget to wear it to the airport.
Please where the white t-shirt that will be given to you at the meeting this week to the airport. It allows the group to go through security and customs easier. It's also a great way to make sure that the group stays together.
emergency contact list:
Click the link below to download the emergency contact sheet with all of the names for our staff on the ground and in Miami.