Christmas Family Project 2016

Project Full
December 19 - 28, 2016
Dominican Republic
Participation Fee
$775 for Adults. $625 for Children 12 and under.
What's Included

* Maps may indicate region where project will take place, not a specific site location.


Maranatha offers at least two family projects each year that provide service opportunities for every member of your family, both young and old. This year, families on the Christmas Family Project will join together to help finish the block walls for the Portadores de Luz congregation. In addition the group will also construct a retaining wall for the church and also paint another church in the local area. The group will also reach out into the local community through outreach activities such as children’s ministry programs and health education programs.


Masonry for a Church Building

Masonry for a Retaining Wall


Children’s Ministry


Julie Lee and Milbert Mariano,
Project Coordinators
Danny Poljak,
Construction Superintendent
Margarita Martinez,
Head Cook
Jon Harvey,
Construction Assistant
Larry Fox,
Construction Assistant
Monday, December 19
Arrival in Dominican Republic (SDQ or PUJ)
Tuesday, December 20
Work Days
Saturday, December 24
Worship with the Local Congregation
Sunday, December 25
Outreach and Christmas Celebration
Monday, December 26
Work Day
Tuesday, December 27
Excursion Day
Wednesday, December 28
Departure from Dominican Republic (SDQ or PUJ)
ARRIVALVolunteers will arrive into Santo Domingo or Punta Cana on Monday, December 19. Please wait for confirmation from Maranatha before purchasing your airfare to ensure there is still space on the project.
DEPARTUREVolunteers will depart from Santo Domingo or Punta Cana on Wednesday, December 28.
World Grace Mission Camp
Travel Information

Volunteers will purchase their own plane tickets to Santo Domingo or Punta Cana, where you will be met by Maranatha representatives and travel to the project accommodations via chartered bus.

If traveling to Santo Domingo (SDQ), please arrive between 11:30am and 8:45pm on Monday, December 19 and please depart in the morning or early afternoon of Wednesday, December 28.

If traveling to Punta Cana (PUJ), please arrive between 11:30am and 4:30pm on Monday, December 19 and please depart in the early afternoon (after 11:00am) of Wednesday, December 28.


Please wait for confirmation before purchasing your airfare to ensure that there is still space on the project.

Travel Resources

Azumano Travel:
800-454-4099 or by email with Erle at

Butler Travel:
503-879-5005 or by email with Nathanael at


When contacting the Azumano or Butler travel agencies, make sure you mention Maranatha for discounted booking fees.

Isla Catalina

At the end of the project, the group will take time to enjoy some of the beauty of the Dominican Republic. Together, the volunteers will travel to Isla Catalina, an island located about 1.5 miles from mainland Dominican Republic. The group will take a bus to La Romana, and from there, board a boat that will take them to the island. The tour includes a half hour snorkeling stop at “The Wall” where volunteers can explore the underwater world. Snorkeling equipment is provided. Once at the island, the group will have a section of beach chairs with some shade. The picturesque island has white sand beaches, warm clear waters, and palm trees. The group will have lunch on the island as well as opportunities to purchase souvenirs from the beach vendors.

Dominican Republic Facts & Figures


Santo Domingo


10.85 Million




Tropical maritime. Little seasonal variation


Roman Catholic 95%


Dominican Peso

Entry Requirements
  • All passports must be valid for at least six months from the dates of intended return.
  • eTicket online form (includes, customs and immigration forms)
Medical Requirements & Precautions
Contact Us Want to speak with someone at Maranatha directly? Please call our office at 916.774.7700 to speak with a volunteer specialist. Alternatively, you can send us an email.