With Glowing Hearts

Ages: All   •  Location: Dominican Republic   •   Length: 9 Days
$2600.00 + Self Managed Airfare  •   Service Hours: 40
Meeting Point: Puerto Plata

"Back in 2018, I participated in a LiveDifferent Build with 49 colleagues from work, from all across the organization. The experience was eye-opening and life-changing. So much so, that I made a promise to myself to go back and do another Build, but this time bring my wife and kids with me so they could have this experience as well. 

Come join us, in March 2022, and immerse yourself in a taste of Dominican culture, practice your Spanish, rub shoulders with locals, mix cement with like-minded individuals and build a home with/for a deserving family living in poverty. With the help of LiveDifferent translators, you will get to know the family we will build with/for, tour the community of La Union and learn about other work LiveDifferent is doing to support the community. You will sweat, you will laugh, you will play with the children and when it’s all said and done, you will leave with a full heart and new friends for life. " ~ Helmar Prael 

 

When you join us on a Build in the Dominican Republic, you'll have the chance to immerse yourself in the culture while leaving a lasting impact in the lives of families and communities that need it most.

You'll work hard alongside volunteers, ground staff, translators, local contractors, and a deserving family so that you can all celebrate together and welcome them into their safe, new home. During the 9 days, lives are changed and connections are made that can last a lifetime.

The work itself is the reason we come together, but we'll also be introducing you to all the communities we work in, bring you to our favourite Caribbean restaurant called Mama Maria's, and give you a chance to see why it's called paradise (think of palm trees and views overlooking the ocean).

Over the years, volunteers like you have joined us to construct homes, schools, community centres, and other projects for communities along the north coast of the island. No previous experience is necessary for a Build, only a desire to make a difference in the lives of others.

 

Thank you for your interest in this life-changing experience. Please read through the following information and feel free to contact us at any time if you have questions.
 

Minimum Fundraising Requirements:

$2,600 - This is the amount each volunteer has been asked to fundraise/contribute in order to join us on this Live Different Build, with an initial $300 due within two weeks of being notified that we have reached our minimum requirement for volunteers and we are all set to go!
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 (www.sosuabythesea.com​)
  • 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
  • LiveDifferent staff on-site and available 24/7
  • Family Visit Experience
  • Furniture and groceries for the family's new home
What Is Not Included
  • Flights to and from Puerto Plata (POP), Dominican Republic
  • Any immunizations or testing required for travel (please consult your family physician or local travel clinic)
  • ​Airport shuttles to and from ​the resort if arriving before the Build starts or leaving after the Build ends 
  • Emergency Travel Medical Insurance which includes Covid-19 coverage (required, please see here for important considerations outlined by the Government of Canada)
  • Trip Cancellation and Interruption Insurance
  • Private room at the resort - Extra $30/night CAD
  • ​Excursion: $85 CAD (optional​)
  • Recommended resort staff and translator tip: $40 CAD
  • Team dinner out:​ $35 CAD (optional​)
  • Personal spending money (for items such as snacks/souvenirs)

 

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

Day 1

Fly into Puerto Plata (POP), Dominican Republic.

Settle into the resort: Sosua By The Sea (www.sosuabythesea.com).

Meet the staff and orientation. 

Day 2

Meet the Family

Meet the families you will be building alongside! Spend the morning getting to know each other and learning about the community. In the afternoon, we are on the worksite.

Day 3 - 6

House Building Days 

When you first show up to the worksite, there will be concrete mixes, bucket lines and rebar waiting your energy and enthusiasm! Together with the family, you and your team will be a part of making their dream a reality. Through this experience, you will develop friendships and memories that will last a lifetime.

Family Visits

Spend some time visiting with a local family in their home. It may be hard to imagine but one visit can change your perspective in ways you never imagined possible. You'll work, laugh, and learn alongside new friends as you step into their world to help out in their daily routines. Translators are always present, so language is never a barrier as you connect together. And these families that you're spending time with are often potential families that could be receiving a new home in the near future. 

Day 7

Day off!

We fully support taking advantage of the beauty and excitement of each host country! Each volunteer will be afforded one day off for relaxation and/or adventure! You'll have the option to enjoy the natural beauty or adventure that the Dominican Republic has to offer, so whether you want to choose from a list of excursions or take the day off to read a book under the shade of a palm tree, just know that you've earned it!

Day 8

Time to celebrate!

You'll spend the morning preparing for the house celebration, and in the afternoon, you'll be there to welcome the family into their new house that you helped build! It's a moment that will be etched in your memory for many years to come.

Preparation for what's next!

Your Live Different Build is going to be one of the most intense and life-changing experiences you will ever have. We believe that this is just the beginning and want to help prepare you as you integrate this experience into your everyday life. We'll have a final debrief where we talk about how to continue making a difference in our local and global communities.

Day 9

Fly home out of Puerto Plata (POP), Dominican Republic.

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 my.livedifferent.com 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. Please be sure you are arriving at the destination on the first day of the build, as depending on your location some flight paths may require you to leave a day to two ahead of schedule. If you have any questions or would like to review your flight path with us before booking, please feel free to contact our office.

WestJet has provided a discount code for this Build! Enter "T63HS45" when purchasing your flight through WestJet for this Build.

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Dates

Mar 21, 2022 - Mar 29, 2022

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