Ultimate Workout 33

Dates
July 20 - 30, 2023
Location
Dominican Republic
Participation Fee
$999
What's Included

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

Overview

Maranatha’s annual teen-only project, the Ultimate Workout, is entering its 33rd year, and we’re headed to the Dominican Republic! Each year, high school aged teens from around the world join the Ultimate Workout and find opportunities to get out of their comfort zone, serve others, connect with Christ, and grow physically, socially, and spiritually.

This year we are expecting more than 100 volunteers to make a difference in communities near Santo Domingo, DR. Teen volunteers will help construct new churches, renovate existing buildings, and reach out into the community through children’s ministry programs and medical clinics.

This project is Maranatha’s teen-only project. Maranatha provides all project leadership. In fact, adults are not allowed on the project unless they are leadership pre-selected by Maranatha.

Scope

Church Block Construction

Church Foundation Construction

Children’s Ministry

Community Outreach – Painting, Door to Door Ministry, Food Distribution, Health Education, Sports Programs

Medical and Dental Clinics

Leaders
Rebekah Widmer,
Office Coordinator
Loretta Spivey,
Worship Coordinator
Simone English,
Social Emotional Coordinator
Stacy Peterson,
Project Coordinator
Joe and Lee Osborn,
Medical Team Coordinators
Itinerary
Monday, July 17
Staff Arrival in Santo Domingo
Tuesday, July 18
Required Staff Orientation
Thursday, July 20
Participant Arrival in Santo Domingo
Friday, July 21
Orientation and First Work Day
Saturday, July 22
Worship with the Local Congregations
Sunday, July 23
Work Days with Midweek Excursion
Saturday, July 29
Worship with the Local Congregations
Sunday, July 30
Departure from Santo Domingo
ARRIVALVolunteers will be flying to Santo Domingo (airport code SDQ). You will be given the exact flight arrival window upon confirmation. 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.
DEPARTUREAll volunteers will depart on Sunday, July 30. You will be given the exact departure window upon confirmation.
Christian Retreat Center
Travel Information

Volunteers will purchase their own plane tickets to and from Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic. Maranatha representatives will meet volunteers upon arrival in Santo Domingo.

Once you are confirmed for the trip, you will receive the exact windows within which to arrive and depart. Please wait to receive this time frame BEFORE booking your flights. Any tickets outside of these guidelines will result in additional fees.

Participants arriving with staff parents for the staff orientation will be required to pay an additional fee to cover the expenses incurred during their early arrival.

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

Excursions
Tres Ojos Cave

On the first Sabbath afternoon, volunteers will visit the Tres Ojos Cave just outside of Santo Domingo. This large limestone cave has four lakes with turquoise freshwater. Three of the lakes are accessed by stairs descending into the open cave. The final lake is either viewed from a walking path above the cave or visitors can take a small boat across the third lake. This is a national park and the water is protected, so no swimming is allowed.

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. After a few hours, the group will board the boat to return back to the mainland.

Dominican Republic Facts & Figures

CAPITAL

Santo Domingo

POPULATION

10.85 Million

LANGUAGE

Spanish

CLIMATE

Tropical maritime. Little seasonal variation

RELIGION

Roman Catholic 95%

CURRENCY

Dominican Peso

Entry Requirements
  • All passports must be valid for at least six months from the dates of intended return.
  • eTicket online form (includes COVID-19 health affidavit, customs and immigration forms)
  • Tourist card, $10 (U.S. currency)
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.

 

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