The Zika virus, a mosquito-borne disease, is present in the Dominican Republic as well as many other countries, including the United States. For a comprehensive set of information about Zika from the CDC, click here. For another comprehensive set of information from Episcopal Relief and Development, click here.
Click here for a list of incoming mission teams and their work locations in 2017 (updated as of March 26, 2017). Please note that information about mission teams changes often. Please do not make any plans regarding any of the teams listed in this schedule unless you have contacted the team leader or Karen Carroll in the Dominican diocesan office. Karen’s contact information is below.
The DDG has recently installed a new, toll-free way for mission team leaders in the US to call the DR Mission Team Support Office in Santo Domingo. Just make a call to the DDG’s office in Tampa (813 400-2722, select Option 3, and you will be automatically connected to the Santo Domingo office. The only charge to you is the cost of the call from your location to Tampa.
Approximately 50 mission teams from the United States come to work in the Diocese of the Dominican Republic each year. The Diocese has an office dedicated to the planning and support of the work of mission teams, and the Dominican Development Group works in close cooperation with this office to facilitate the transfer of funds needed to pay for in-country meals and lodging, transportation, and program supplies such as construction materials. The DDG has developed secure and reliable methods to transfer funds internationally to the Diocese of the Dominican Republic that satisfy all U.S. Homeland Security banking regulations for such transfers. As a 501(c)(3) organization, the DDG can accept funds as charitable contributions under Internal Revenue Service regulations. Funds sent by individuals directly to the Diocese of the Dominican Republic are not considered charitable contributions under U.S. tax law.
Oficina de Coordinación de Equipos / Team Coordinator Office
Iglesia Episcopal Dominicana
Telephone (To DR office in Santo Domingo via DDG office in Tampa, toll-free): 813 400-2722, option 3.
Telephone (To DR office in Santo Domingo via international commercial lines) 809 688-6016 / 809 686-7493 ext.24
Once planning for a specific mission trip has reached the stage where in-country costs can be calculated, the mission team leader will be instructed to mail a check for those costs to the DDG for deposit in a U.S. bank, followed by secure transmission through international banking channels to the Treasurer of the Diocese of the Dominican Republic.
CDC Health Advisories for the Dominican Republic
Episcopal Relief and Development Information on Zika:
Helpful publications from the DR Mission Team Support Office:
YouTube videos about mission team projects and the Diocese of the Dominican Republic:
Central Gulf Coast – 2013 mission to build church furniture
Rhode Island – February 2013 mission trip to the Campamento in Jarabacoa
Michigan Tri-Diocesan Project – 2012