Dominica Project

Dates
May 31, 2018 - June 10, 2018
Location
Dominica
Participation Fee
TBD
What's Included

Overview

On September 18, 2017, Hurricane Maria, a category 5 hurricane, plowed into Dominica. Rain and winds of more than 200 mph tore through the country. More than two dozen people lost their lives. Thousands of homes were impacted. Out of the 34 Adventist churches on the island, 28 were damaged or destroyed. Later that year, Maranatha received the request for rebuilding assistance from the Adventist Church in Dominica. To start, Maranatha will focus on the the reconstruction of two churches and will reevaluate and potentially add additional projects in the future.

Volunteers on this project will help lay the new floor and foundation for the Beryl Adventist Church and assemble the metal frame for the church. This congregation has been meeting for more than 40 years and is home to 120 members. The churches that Maranatha will be building are designed to better withstand the strong winds of a hurricane, and the success hinges on the strong foundation of the church. So this project will be very important to the future of the church.

In addition to the construction, there are many needs on the island. Many of the children were traumatized from the storm and suffer from anxiety. Volunteers will have the opportunity to spread hope and joy to these individuals through a variety of outreach activities such as children’s ministry programs, health education, and food and seed distribution.

Space is limited on this project. So if you’re interested in helping with the reconstruction efforts in Dominica, be sure to sign up for the interest list and then register for the project as soon as registration is open!

Scope

Pour Floor and Foundation

Assemble Metal Church Frame

Community Outreach

Leaders
Nellie and Dwain Ferguson,
Project Coordinators
Itinerary
Thursday, May 31
Arrival in Dominica
Friday, June 1
First Work Day
Saturday, June 2
Worship with the local congregation
Sunday, June 3
Work Days
Wednesday, June 6
Local Excursion
Thursday, June 7
Work Days
Saturday, June 9
Worship with the local congregation
Sunday, June 10
Departure from Dominica
ARRIVALVolunteers will arrive in Dominica (DOM) on Thursday, May 31, 2018.Please wait for confirmation from Maranatha before purchasing your airfare to ensure there is still space on the project.
DEPARTUREVolunteers will depart from Dominica (DOM) on Sunday, June 10, 2018.
Atlantique View hotel
Travel Information

Volunteers will purchase their own plane tickets and from the Douglas-Charles Airport in Dominica. The dates posted are the arrival and departure dates from the project. You may have an overnight layover on another Caribbean island due to the connections available. Maranatha representatives will meet volunteers upon arrival in Dominica. Please wait for confirmation before purchasing your airfare to ensure that there is enough space on the project. More information regarding the travel details will be available in an information packet once registration is available. Booking outside these windows could result in additional fees and missed portions of the project.

Travel Resources

CI Azumano Travel:
800-454-4099 or by email with Erle or Azumano Team at corporatetravel@ciazumano.com

Butler Travel:
503-879-5005 or by email with Nathanael at nathan@butlertravel.com

Kayak:
www.kayak.com

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

Excursions
Roseau and Hiking

During the project, the group will take a day to tour some sites in Dominica. We’ll head to the capital city of Roseau for some souvenir shopping. We’ll also be able to go on hikes to visit the island’s beautiful natural landscape, including waterfalls and mountains. There are also beautiful beaches that the group can enjoy during the trip. Volunteers will also have the option to SCUBA dive or snorkel for an additional cost.

Dominica Facts & Figures

CAPITAL

Roseau

POPULATION

73,897 (July 2017)

LANGUAGE

English

CLIMATE

Tropical; heavy rainfall

RELIGION

Catholic 61%, Protestant 29%

CURRENCY

East Caribbean Dollar

Entry Requirements
  • Passports valid for at least 6 months from date of intended return
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.