Family Project Dominican Republic

Project Full
June 22, 2023 - July 2, 2023
Dominican Republic
Participation Fee
What's Included

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


***This project currently has a waiting list. Anyone who registers will be notified of openings on a first-come first-serve basis in the order they joined the waiting list.***

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, join us in the Dominican Republic!

Maranatha has a long history of working in the DR reaching back to the early 1990’s. The churches and schools that have been completed have since blossomed and have created a need for more urgently-needed buildings as congregations out-grow the current facilities. Local church leadership have requested assistance once again, and Maranatha is gladly responding to this call.

Volunteers on this project will build a new church for a congregation near the capital city of Santo Domingo. In addition, depending on the skills and interests of the volunteers who register, this project could also include community outreach including children’s ministry, health education, and medical/dental clinics. A special day camp will be offered for children 12 and under which will give younger volunteers a unique opportunity to learn more about life in the Dominican Republic while also helping in all the other aspects of the mission trip as well.


Church Construction – Masonry and Foundation


Children’s Ministry Programs

Medical/Dental Clinics

Steve Case,
Project Coordinator
Danny Poljak,
Overall Construction Superintendent
Jeff Quam,
Construction Superintendent for church foundation
Lynn Grimstad,
Construction Superintendent for block wall fence
Larry Fox,
Construction Superintendent for painting
Mary Johnson,
Children's Ministry Leader
Chris Duckett,
Day Camp Leader
Gilson Girotto,
Medical Team Outreach Leader
Art Garbutt,
Dental Team Outreach Leader
Barbara Mayes,
Team Medic
Maggie Petersen,
Head Cook
Carrie Martin,
Assistant Cook
Emmanuel Alberty,
Maranatha Volunteer Support
Thursday, June 22
Arrival in Santo Domingo
Friday, June 23
Orientation and First Work Day
Saturday, June 24
Worship with the Local Congregations
Sunday, June 25
Work days with Mid-Week Excursion
Saturday, July 1
Worship with the Local Congregations
Sunday, July 2
Departure from Santo Domingo
ARRIVALVolunteers will arrive into Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic (SDQ) between 10:00 a.m. and 7:00 p.m. on Thursday, June 22, 2023Please wait for confirmation from Maranatha before purchasing your airfare to ensure there is still space on the project and to ensure you book the right flight.
DEPARTUREVolunteers will depart from Santo Domingo between 6:00 a.m. and 6:00 p.m. on Sunday, July 2, 2023
Travel Information

Volunteers will purchase their own plane tickets to and from Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic. The dates posted are the arrival and departure dates from the project. You may need to leave home a day before the advertised start date to arrive on the correct date. Maranatha representatives will meet volunteers upon arrival in Santo Domingo.

More information including specific flight arrival and departure windows will be available in the information packet, available for download soon.

Please wait for confirmation before purchasing your airfare. Booking outside the advertised flight 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

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

Isla Catalina

Isla Catalina is an island located about 1.5 miles from the mainland off the southern coast of the island. The picturesque island has white sand beaches, warm clear water, and palm trees. Volunteers will take a small catamaran out to the island. About halfway, the boat will stop off shore at “The Wall” which is a small coral reef where volunteers can snorkel. Masks, snorkels, and fins are provided, but you’re also welcome to bring your own equipment. Standard size life jackets are available as well as adjustable snorkeling belts. 

Once on the island the group will have a reserved section of beach chairs with some shade trees. Lunch and sodas will be served on the island and there are opportunities to purchase souvenirs from beach vendors. After a few hours, the group will board the boat to return back to the mainland where you’ll make a stop at a souvenir store, eat dinner at a local mall and return to camp.

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.