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Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic: Mission and Leadership Team

Destination Overview

Santo Domingo is the capital of the Dominican Republic and one of the Caribbean's oldest cities. Its walled, cobblestoned historic core, the Zona Colonial (the oldest continuously inhabited European-established settlement in the Americas), has buildings that date to the 1500s, including the cathedral, which was the first built in the New World. Santo Domingo is also the most modern and dynamic metropolis in the Caribbean. La Capital—as it is affectionately called—epitomizes the pulse of Dominican culture, where the old and the new converge seamlessly…from centuries old architecture and history, to modern city conveniences and art galleries.


Meet Our Missionaries

Gordy and Bear Grover have been missionaries for close to forty years. For over half of that time they took high school students overseas to serve with ReachGlobal missionaries and national partners around the world on summer-long short-term missions. They have served in Africa, Asia, Latin America, and Central Europe. Most recently they served in Central Africa mentoring and coaching young leaders of grass-roots Christian organizations. The Santo Domingo City Team has the same goal of discipleship and leadership development among university students across all of RG's partner churches in the city.


Trip Overview

In Santo Domingo you will experience a blend of serving on the ground with the local missionaries as well as helping the missionary to host US youth groups as they come and serve for part of your time. You will be learning the local mission and multiplying that mission by leading others in it along with you.

Dominican Republic University students, and high school students face the same challenges that students face in the United States. Professors, teachers, and peers can be hostile and dismissive of personal Christian faith, and aggressive in opposing any expression of the Gospel. The Santo Domingo City team is focused on discipleship with an eye to helping Christian university students reach their peers with the Gospel and integrating them in house churches that are being planted throughout the city.


How You'll Serve

On part of your mission experience, you will personally serve side by side with young people from the Dominican Republic, whether encouraging them as followers of Jesus, or in outreach among high school and college students, discussing Jesus and issues of faith. Some of our partner churches will have opportunities for children's ministry. Teaching conversational English will be a great way to interact with Dominican students who study English and must pass English exams to enter the university.

Some of the ministries you may be partnering in include:

  • ESL – English as Second Language training. This would mainly be conversational English
  • VBS/Bible Clubs
  • Individual or small group Bible studies
  • Sports Ministry
  • Camp Ministry

On the rest of your mission experience, you will be an “alongsider” modeling, mentoring, encouraging, and serving alongside the US students. See the attached ministry description for details.


More information and a job description


Hybrid Stipend

You will receive a stipend of at least $300 for every week you serve with youth groups. We expect up to 4 weeks of youth groups in Santo Domingo ($300 x 4 weeks = $1200). The stipend could go up a little depending on the college/high school student ratio.


What’s included in the price:

  • Meals
  • Housing
  • On-site ground transportation
  • Most ministry expenses
  • Orientation and Debrief
  • Travel Agent
  • Apex Shirt (we knew you were wondering!)

Not included in the price:

  • Visa fees
  • Passport fees
  • Plane Tickets
  • Immunizations

Payment Policy

$75 application fee due when you submit your application.
the fee will be put toward your trip when accepted, and returned if not accepted.

First payment of $550 due April 1st, 2022.
Full trip cost is due May 12th, 2022.


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