To ensure the safety of our volunteers, BLUE Missions makes all arrangements for participants’ international air travel from the time they leave Miami, FL until the time they return at the end of their Service Trip.
Participants traveling with BLUE Missions from outside Miami must make arrangements to arrive in Miami in time for the designated international group flight. If you are an out of town participant and interested in booking your own flights, please email our Program Director, Nicole Aguirre, for more information and to apply a discount to your trip cost on your application (only applies to university and all ages trips). Our flights are booked through American Airlines and are nonrefundable tickets.
All payments made to BLUE Missions are non-refundable and non-transferable. Due to new American Airlines policies, BLUE Missions will no longer be able to issue flight vouchers for any participant who cancels after flights have been purchased.
By keeping volunteers on the same international flights, we are able to provide a Flight Leader who accompanies the group from check-in at Miami International Airport to the moment they are received by our team in the Dominican Republic.
Flight Leaders are only provided on High School Trips. University groups are checked in at Miami International Airport by a member of the BLUE Team and escorted to the airport security checkpoint. Groups traveling on these unescorted flights are always met by a staff member upon arriving at their destination location after clearing customs. When returning home, students are always checked-in for their flight at the point of origin by a BLUE Team member.
COMMUNICATION WITH PARENTS
We understand how eager parents are to receive notice of their child's safe arrival. Once the group flight lands at their final destination, an email is sent out to all emergency contacts listed on the participant's application. A few hours later, another email is sent out to notify parents of arrival in the rural community where volunteers will stay for the remainder of their trip. The majority of the communities we work in have little cell reception. Our staff and leaders have cell phones that a volunteer can use at any time throughout the trip, and the contact information of all our trip leaders and staff on the ground is shared with parents. Our volunteers are not encouraged to have cell phones, if it is seen it may be taken away. This rule is in place to protect all of our volunteers and keep their belongings safe.
PASSPORT / VISA
You do not need a visa to enter the Dominican Republic. Each participant should make sure that hey have a passport that is valid up to 3 months after the departure date.
We recommend you ask your pediatrician or doctor if you need any specific vaccinations or boosters. You can also check online with the CDC guidelines for the Dominican Republic. If you have further questions, you may contact our partner, Dr. Kunjana Mavunda at International Travel Clinic.