Live Like Alex 2020

Ages: 18+   •  Location: Dominican Republic   •   Length: 10 Days
$2395.00 + Self Managed Airfare  •   Service Hours: 40
Meeting Point: Puerto Plata

Pictured above: Alex, Bethany, Joy, Jessica, Fion

Alex joined us on the ground in the Dominican Republic for a World Vision Leadership Build in 2013 and became a big believer in the work that was being done. For her, it was was a life-changing experience and after returning home, she vowed that she would return. Unfortunately, due to a tragic accident that cut her life short, she never had the opportunity to revisit the community and continue making a difference in the lives of families that were needing safe housing. In honour of her life, Alex's mother Pat along with her good friend Tina began to organize a special trip that would help further Alex's dream of families receiving places to call home.

In January, you're invited to come Live Like Alex with us in the Dominican Republic!

When you partner with us, you'll work alongside a family and celebrate as they enter their home for the first time! It's an experience that changes the lives of the families we work with but also will have a lasting impact on you personally.

In the Dominican Republic, you'll have the opportunity to visit local communities, meet new friends, work hard to help provide a brighter future for a family in need, and make life-long memories in the process. While buffet-style meals and views the ocean each day are enjoyable, we'll take you to our favourite spot out in the community called Mama Maria's, where you'll taste some of the best, authentic Caribbean cuisine on the island—prepared by the amazing Maria.

Over the years, thousands of volunteers just like yourself have fundraised and joined us on these life-changing trips, helping build homes, schools, community centres and other projects for communities along the north coast of the country. Come join us in the Dominican Republic this January and start your year off by experience the power of making a difference for someone else, while having your life changed in the process!


"Alex was a beautiful, compassionate, devoted advocate, dear friend, creative leader, encourager, beloved daughter and champion of the poor. All who knew Alex, knew that she was a world changer, in reality, now we see that she was one who was placed on this planet to change multiple worlds” ~ Alex, as described by World Vision Canada


***Please Register Before November 1, 2019 to secure your spot on the Live Like Alex team!***


Thanks for your interest in Live Different Builds! Please read through the following information and feel free to contact us at any time if you have any questions.

Austin Gauthier - Builds Administrator


Minimum Fundraising Requirements:

$2,395 - This is a minimum amount each volunteer has been asked to fundraise/contribute in order to join us on this Live Different Build, with $300 due within 2 weeks of registration.

What Is Included
  • ​Airport shuttles to and from the resort on the day your Build starts and the day your Build ends​ 
  • Meals and Accommodations at Sosua By The Sea Resort
  • Donation to cover Materials and Labour for your Build project(s).
  • Transportation to and from resort and project sites each day.
  • Construction Foreman
  • Translators
  • Group hosting and facilitation.
  • Evening Debriefings and activities
  • Live Different staff on site and available 24/7
  • Family Visits/Day In The Life Experience
  • Furniture and groceries for the families you will be building for.
What Is Not Included
  • Flights to and from Puerto Plata, Dominican Republic.
  • ​Airport shuttles to and from ​the resort if arriving before the trip starts or leaving after the Build ends 
  • Emergency Travel Medical Insurance (Required).
  • Trip Cancellation and Interruption Insurance.
  • Private room at the resort - extra $300.
  • ​Excursion: $50-70 USD - Optional​
  • Recommended Resort Staff and Translator Tip - $40 USD.
  • Team dinner out:​ $25 USD - Optional​
  • Personal spending money (snacks/souvenirs)

Please Note: Live Different is not responsible for flight delays or cancellations. 

Day 1

Arrive in Puerto Plata, Dominican Republic.
Settle into resort: Sosua by the Sea (
Meet the staff and orientation.

Day 2

Awareness Tour
Meet the families you will be building for and get to see past projects that Live Different has completed.

Day 3 - 7

Project Days

Be a part of building a house or community building, and work alongside the community, contractors and neighbours.

Family Visits/Day In The Life Experience

Understanding changes everything! One day doesn’t change the world completely, but it can change your perspective in ways you never before imagined possible. Work, laugh and learn alongside of new friends, as you step into their world and help out in their daily routines. Language isn’t a barrier and neither are cultural differences. In fact, our differences can remind us that we have more in common than we realized, as we learn about how life looks from someone else’s perspective. Be a part of sharing the daily responsibilities, chores and connections as you spend some time with a family in the local community. These families that you will be working alongside of are potential families that could be receiving a new home in the near future.

Day 8

Day off to RELAX!

Live Different also recognizes that you may want to take advantage the beauty and excitement of your host country! Each team member will be afforded one day off for relaxation and/or adventure. We want you to experience some of the natural beauty and adventure that the Dominican Republic has to offer.

Day 9

Time to celebrate!
Spend the morning preparing for the afternoon house celebration. Imagine witnessing as a family enters their new home that you helped to build. A home filled with hope, security, and a brighter future for this family! This moment will be etched in your memory for many years to come.

Preparation for your journey home
Your Live Different Build is going to be one of the most intense and life-changing experiences you will ever have. Because we believe that this is just the beginning of something for you, we want to help prepare you to return home and integrate this experience and the lessons learned. On this day we will have a final debriefing that will help you to take this experience and help others understand how we can continue to make a difference in our local and global communities.

Day 10

Flight Home

While volunteering in the Dominican Republic you will be staying at Sosua By The Sea. This cozy boutique style resort sits on the corner of Sosua Bay, and is surrounded by beaches. As an all-inclusive resort, meals are covered when eating at the hotel. Most rooms have two double beds, and private rooms are available at an extra charge (not eligible for tax receipts).

Most volunteers choose to fundraise using their fundraising page. When you register for a Build, you will have the opportunity to create one too. Not everyone fundraises though, some choose to pay for their Build themselves.

We require that all volunteers arrange their own flights. If you need any help or advice, feel free to contact our office. Please be sure that you are arriving at the destination on the first day of the Build, as some flights will require you to leave a day or two ahead of schedule.

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Jan 16, 2020 - Jan 25, 2020



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    Austin Gauthier
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