Volunteer in the Dominican Republic

As a volunteer in in the Dominican Republic, you will have the opportunity to make a lasting impact on the community of Restauración! Currently, FIMRC has a number of outreach initiatives that take volunteers to outlying communities of Restauración. This translates into community initiatives, school based programming, dedicated time in the hospital and clinics run by the Ministry of Health, field work with local doctors and nurses, as well as specialized programming created by the Field Operations Manager.

Our program is open to volunteers of all ages and educational or professional backgrounds. As our sites are open year-round, volunteers are welcome to travel at any time and for any length of time. We accept volunteers traveling individually as well as groups of various sizes.

Over the course of your trip you'll receive an unfiltered experience in health care field work abroad, and learn about the tremendous impact that even one person can have. At our end, so as to maximize your contribution, we will tailor your experience based on current needs, your interests, training, and amount of time that you spend with us on-site in Restauración. All volunteers will find a wealth of opportunities to make a difference!

What You Can Do

You will have the opportunity to participate in both the clinical and health education aspects of operations on-site, and activities can range from working alongside medical staff in local clinics to leading interactive health education sessions with our youth empowerment groups

Progress is occurring at a rapid rate, and volunteers maintain important roles in the project's future. Activities include observing in rural clinics or the local municipal hospital, conducting anti-cholera campaigns in the most remote regions of the community or creating health education sessions to be given in our "sister community" in Haiti. You may work with our Agentes de Salud, giving vital information that will be taken from the classroom by the Agentes to their communities or with our diabetes groups who come for weekly screenings and education. There are many opportunities for shaping an itinerary to skills or interests, as FIMRC's goal is to provide every volunteer a memorable, worthwhile experience that will leave lasting impressions about healthcare in developing communities.

The nature of a volunteer mission to Restauración will vary depending on the number of volunteers in each group, the length of the volunteer trip, respective proficiencies in Spanish or Haitian Creole, medical expertise, and the current needs of the community upon arrival. Please note that a volunteer’s level of training will determine the extent of involvement in medical activities. Your experience varies depending on these factors, but what we can guarantee is that every volunteer mission will be culturally and socially enlightening. Each volunteer will have opportunities to examine the Dominican Republic's systems of medical provision in numerous ways and learn about health care disparities between multiple countries. Many volunteers will also have the opportunity to explore health care in Haiti, although this will depend on the work being executed at the time of your trip.

Check out our testimonials page to hear more about the FIMRC experience!

Sample Itinerary

The following is a sample itinerary of a one-week volunteer mission with Project Restauración. This itinerary has been made to provide a clear, general impression of the way volunteer time is spent. Please note, however, that in order to ensure that a volunteer's work has the greatest, most relevant impact on clinic and community, volunteer schedules are established upon arrival.

Time

Monday

Tuesday

Wednesday

Thursday

Friday

7:45

Depart homestay

Depart homestay

Depart homestay

Depart homestay

Depart homestay

8:00 - 12:00

Rounds in hospital

Rural clinic

Rural clinic

Health education in local school

Rounds in hospital

12:00 – 2:00

Lunch with Doña Angela

Lunch with Doña Angela

Lunch with Doña Angela

Lunch with Doña Angela

Lunch with Doña Angela

2:00 - 5:00

Lead Chicas Maravillas session

Latrine project follow-up

Diabetes group education

Maternal health house visits

Lead Superman session to local boys

Accommodations

Housing

Volunteers are housed through FIMRC’s Homestay Program allowing volunteers the opportunity to become fully immersed in the community. You'll have the chance to interact with a local family and truly understand what it is to be a Dominican! Volunteers are asked to indicate all housing preferences, including meal requests and pet/food allergies in the enrollment forms. FIMRC’s Field Operations Manager screens all host families and ensures that volunteers are satisfied with their placements. All houses are clean and comfortable. Volunteers have access to internet on-site.

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Transportation

All transportation is provided by comfortable and reputable hired drivers with outstanding safety records. Upon arrival at the Santiago airport, volunteers are met by a staff member or representative of FIMRC. Based on flight schedules, volunteers may spend a night in FIMRC approved accommodations on arrival or prior to your departure. FIMRC arranges all transportation from Santiago to Restauración, as well as transportation back to the airport at the conclusion of the volunteer mission. Once in Restauración, we provide necessary transportation between the homestay and volunteering locations when necessary.

 

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Meals

Three authentic home-cooked meals are provided each day. The meals tend to be traditional Dominican food and often include a mix of rice, beans and protein. A vegetable or salad is also often served on the side. As a volunteer, you are responsible for the purchase of meals during any time spent away from Restauración.

 

Trip Cost

The cost of your program includes the program donation that supports our project sites as well as housing, food, & transportation. Transportation includes airport pick up/drop off and transportation to/from project site during volunteer days, and three meals prepared by the homestay family for the duration of the volunteer’s stay. Excursions and trips for non-volunteer related activity as well as the associated costs are the responsibility of the volunteer.

By arranging lodging, food, and transport for you, we enable you to safely experience the local culture and focus your energy on the work you will be doing in the community! 

The following cost structure reflects individual participation in the Global Health Volunteer Program at Project Restauración:

  • Peak (January, March, May, June, July): $1234 per week
  • Semi-peak (December, February, August, September): $1134 per week
  • Non-peak (April, October, November): $1034 per week

For long-term volunteer experiences, contact missions@fimrc.org to discuss a discounted cost structure.

Additional approximate costs include:

  • Roundtrip airfare generally ranging between $350-$600
  • Recommended spending money of $150 per week, at the discretion of the volunteer

Flights

All volunteers are responsible for arranging and purchasing their own flights and must fly in and out of Cibao International Airport (code STI). It is the volunteer’s responsibility to arrange all flights in accordance with the dates for which you have registered.  If you are traveling with a group, please coordinate with your fellow group members to ensure that you arrive and depart together. 

While not required, volunteers are welcome to take advantage of the airfare resources found here on our website. 

If booking online through participating companies, we ask that you please consider registering with www.igive.com/fimrc. Once you register, iGive will automatically donate a portion of every online purchase you make with selected vendors (including many major airline booking companies) to FIMRC, which means you will make even more of an impact on children’s health at no additional cost to you. 

Travel

Passport - US citizens can enter the Dominican Republic with a valid passport with at least 6 months of validity from the date of travel prior to the expiration date listed. Volunteers who do not hold a US passport must check with their respective embassies for information on travel eligibility. You are responsible for obtaining or renewing your passport and ensuring that all travel documents are in order.

Visa - US passport holders are not required to obtain a visa prior to travel. A tourist visa can be purchased at the Santiago airport upon arrival in-country. Non-US passport holders should check with their respective embassies for current visa requirements and regulations. You are responsible for ensuring that you are legally eligible to travel abroad to the country of service.

Vaccinations - We refer all volunteers to the information provided by the Centers for Disease Control at www.cdc.gov/travel for the most up to date vaccination recommendations. Please note the different recommendations not only for the country you are visiting, but also for the region in which you will be staying.

Travel Insurance

FIMRC has partnered with Worldwide Risk Management (WRM) to assist in providing you with adequate international travel and medical insurance. WRM specializes in providing international health insurance to mission groups, volunteer organizations, and individuals traveling overseas for missions and humanitarian relief. FIMRC and WRM would like to suggest the Outreach Travel Medical Insurance product as the most appropriate insurance plan for your traveling needs. It is designed for the individual short term volunteer traveling for five days and up to 12 months. Outreach Travel provides medical benefits, emergency evacuation, terrorism coverage, natural disaster benefits, trip interruption, and lost luggage benefits. These are just a few highlights and coverage depends upon the plan that you choose. If you would like to get a quote or are ready to purchase, click here.

If you should have any questions about insurance coverage or would like a no obligation quote, please do not hesitate to contact FIMRC’s insurance agent at WRM at info@worldwiderisk.com. Please provide your age, date of birth, country of citizenship, destination country, dates of trip, and trip cost when requesting a quote.

Travel abroad

There's no better way to truly learn about a different country than by immersing yourself fully in the culture and a community.

MAKE A DIFFERENCE

We're dedicated to programs that are sustainable and locally driven. Volunteering with us means that you'll be able to contribute in meaningful ways that will last well beyond your time on-site!

GAIN EXPERIENCE

Whether you're filling out a medical school application, applying for a job, or just looking to give back, we're here to help you gain experience in responsible international healthcare and development.

 

 

Ready to get involved?

The enrollment process begins once you work with our team to confirm your volunteering site and trip dates. Upon confirmation, you will be sent a welcome email which will contain instructions for enrollment, as well as deadlines for the submission of materials. If you have questions about how this process works, do not hesitate to contact missions@fimrc.org or 1-888-211-8575. Click below to receive more information or to begin the enrollment process!