DOMINICAN REPUBLIC

Information Book

Our Mission

Wine To Water is committed to serving in community to provide water to those in need.


Geographic Info: Dominican Republic


Motto: “God, Homeland, Liberty.”

Capital: Santo Domingo

Population: 10,734,247

Currency: Dominican Peso

Religion: Predominantly Roman Catholic

Government Structure: Presidential Republic

GDP: $74.87 billion

Per Capita: $17,000

Official Language: Spanish

Popular Sports: Baseball

Major Exports: Cocoa, coffee, gold

Major Imports: Petroleum and Industrial Raw Materials


Meet the W|W Dominican Republic Team:

Radhames Carela, Local Filter Technician

Dominican Republic Master Ceramicist

Radhames is essential to our team because of his ability to create and build every filter for the locals in the Dominican Republic. He is a wonderful and passionate man who wants to bring clean water to those in need.

radhamescarela@gmail.com
809.818.8274

Fany Dominguez,

Dominican Republic Administrative Manager

Fany started working for the W|W Dominican Republic team four years ago as Ingrid’s assistant and now works in the community projects area. Born with the desire to serve, it brings her great satisfaction that through helping a family or a community, she is changing lives. The smiles she receives in return are priceless.
fany@winetowater.org
829.943.3289

Milly Lora
Field Coordinator
milly@winetowater.org
849.217.7879

Joel Vicioso
Dominican Republic National Program Manager

Lisa Merritt

Director of Volunteer Program
Lisa currently lives in Raleigh, NC and serves as the Director of Volunteer Programs. She has been coordinating volunteers internationally since 2005 and is passionate about connecting people to service opportunities around the world, while exposing them to the global water crisis.

lisa@winetowater.org
770.851.4132. (US Cell)

Emily Hendrickson

Volunteer Program Manager
Emily joined the W|W team in August of 2018 with a desire to connect people around the world to each other. She has experience in traveling both domestically and internationally and volunteering cross culturally.

emily@winetowater.org

Dominican Republic Factory Address:

Calle Maria Melida Polanco, El Higuerito, 56000


STEPS TO TAKE AS AN INDIVIDUAL VOLUNTEER

1. Apply on our Volunteer Application.

2. Once accepted, decide on the country in which you want to volunteer: Amazon, Dominican Republic, East Africa — Ethiopia and Uganda, or Nepal.

3. Decide on the best dates for your desired country.

4. Register for your trip using the link provided in your volunteer acceptance email.

5. Start raising money and awareness for your trip! Begin your campaign with GiveEffect! After creating your own campaign page under your desired trip, you can share it online to raise donations from family and friends!

b. Donations can also be made by check. Please make all checks payable to Wine To Water and personally collect them before sending them into us. When you have the full amount raised, write “Volunteer in YOUR COUNTRY-YOUR NAME” on the memo line of each check and mail it to: Wine To Water-Volunteer Programs/ PO Box 2567/ Boone, NC 28607.

6. Obtain all necessary travel documents (passports and visas).

a. Many times the airlines will not allow you to travel if your passport only has 6 months before expiration.

b. Apply for a visa, if it is required for your trip.

7. We recommend that you talk to your medical provider regarding

travel immunizations and vaccines for your specified area of travel.

a. Although we do not require immunizations, we highly encourage you to check with your doctor or Governmental Travel Department for recommended vaccinations and medicines.

8. Have your entire payment uploaded on your W|W GiveEffect Campaign page NO LATER THAN 60 DAYS PRIOR to your departure date.

a. This means any time between when you have been accepted and the 60-day mark.

b. All major credit cards are accepted (Visa, Mastercard, Discover, AMX).

c. You may send a check to the main W|W office, but cards are preferred. Checks must be in our office by the 60-day mark.

9. Check with the Volunteer Coordinator before making your flight arrangements, but once you have received confirmation to purchase your flight, submit your flight information HERE.

Look over all resources given by this Guidebook, as well as the additional resources (i.e. InfoBook, Websites, and Travel Advice).

If you have any questions or concerns, feel free to contact us at:

volunteer@winetowater.org | o: 828.355.9655 | c: 770.851.4132

*Email if you are interested in the donations list or creating a children’s program*


Typical Trip Schedule

Day 1

PM: Arrive and Team Orientation

Day 2

AM: Attend a Local Church

PM: Culture and City Tour

Day 3

AM: Tour of the Factory

PM: Work in the Factory

Day 4

AM: Work in the Factory

PM: Community Pre-Filter Interviews/Children’s Program

Day 5

AM: Filter Distribution

PM: Water Lab Tour/Community Hygiene and Sanitation Lesson

Day 6

AM: Work in Factory

PM: Community Follow-Up Reviews

Day 7

AM: Whitewater Rafting or Horseback riding

PM: Rest at the Resort

Day 8

AM: Depart Home

Frequently Asked Questions

What should a team pack?
Work clothes (pants are recommended), work gloves, shorts, light jacket, toiletries, notebook, reusable water bottle, closed toed work shoes (tennis shoes are fine), sunscreen, raincoat, towels, camera (optional), hat, sunglasses, personal medications, and passport. You do not need to bring pillows or bedding; those will all be provided for you.

What airport should we fly into?
Santiago, Dominican Republic (STI)

Is there a dress code?
We ask that you dress modestly.

Is there an age requirement?
Individual: As an individual, you are required to be age 18 or older.
Group: Age requirements are dependent on the leader of the group. Keep in mind that Wine To Water requires anyone age 18 and under must be accompanied by an adult or guardian.

Will a children’s program need to be prepared?
Yes! We will be going into the community that we are creating filters for a day or two before the distribution. Having a children’s program for about 50 children would be great. Teaching about the importance of clean water is always a good topic to incorporate. Crafts, games, skits, coloring books, or water cycle bracelets are a great idea.

Do we need a visa to enter your country?
There is no visa, but you will need to purchase a Tourist Card when you arrive. Each card is $10/person. This card must be paid in CASH, so be sure to bring cash on the plane!

What is the recommended group size?
The maximum group size for the Dominican Republic is 24 volunteers.

What are the living conditions like?
We will be sleeping in bunkbeds and hammocks. There is nohot water, and there may not be electricity.

What vaccinations and medications are needed?
As an organization, we do not require that you receive any vaccinations for your trip. However, we strongly recommend that volunteers check cdc.gov. We also highly suggest that you check with your doctor (ideally 4–6 weeks before departure) for any personal medications or recommendations, letting them know when you will be traveling and your destination.

What is the weather like?
We encourage all volunteers to check the weather before departing. However, the Dominican Republic is generally hot and sunny during the day, with average temperatures of 82 degrees in the summer, and rainy in the evening.

What will meals be like?
Dominican cuisine is predominantly Spanish, Taino, and African. The typical dishes are filled with fresh plantains, meat, and rice.

Will there be snacks to purchase?
There is a corner store nearby to purchase cold drinks, cookies, and snacks but we recommend bringing some snacks from home as well.

Is there a way to contact the US?
We encourage all volunteers to “unplug” as much as possible while serving on their trips. Even if internet is available, we ask that you limit the amount of time you spend online in order to fully engage in the experience. There is internet available in the DR, but it is not strong, so only small emails can be sent. The site leaders will have cell-phones for any emergencies.

Are the electrical outlets the same as they are in the US?
The outlets are the same as they are in the states, but the electricity is inconsistent and low. In order to conserve the amount of electricity used, we ask that volunteers leave hair dryers, straightening irons, etc. at home.

What type of payment are accepted in country?
Cash is the best method of payment. Credit cards, money orders, and other forms of payment are difficult to use once in country. The site hosts can exchange money upon arrival at the guesthouse. We do not recommend exchanging money at the airport, but you can if it is necessary.

If you are curious about exchange rates, we recommend that you take a look at these at The Money Converter.com, as these can change daily.

What can a team bring to donate?
The ground team will send a wish list to Wine To Water periodically. Please send an email volunteer@winetowater.org for an updated list. W|W Dominican Republic prefers interactive games and activities like face painting, sports, and craft projects.