Family Project Dominican Republic

Project Full
December 22, 2022 - January 1, 2023
Dominican Republic
Participation Fee
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, spend Christmas 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 the La Caleta 5 congregation on the eastern side of 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 and health education. 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

Community Outreach

Stacy and Laura Peterson,
Project Coordinators
Danny Poljak,
Construction Superintendent
Tam Family,
Children's Ministry Leaders
Bernie Hanan,
Day Camp Leader
Thursday, December 22
Arrival in Santo Domingo, DR
Friday, December 23
Orientation and First Work Day
Saturday, December 24
Worship with the Local Congregation
Sunday, December 25
Christmas: Work Day and Outreach
Monday, December 26
Work Days with Midweek Excursion
Saturday, December 31
Worship with the Local Congregation, New Years Eve Celebration
Sunday, January 1
Departure from Santo Domingo, DR
ARRIVALVolunteers will arrive into Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic (SDQ) on Thursday, December 22, 2022.
Please 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 on Sunday, January 1, 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 is available in the information packet, available for download above.

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. The group will take a bus to La Romana, and from there, board a small catamaran that will take them to the island. About half way there 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. 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 or even enjoy a back massage (an additional cost). After a few hours, the group will board the boat to return back to the mainland.

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.