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Build Details

Dominican Republic

Location

$2,850

Fundraising goal*

Apr 27, 2024

Start Date

May 4, 2024

Last Date

14+

For Ages

40

Service Hours

Puerto Plata

Meeting Point

*Not including self managed airfare

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:

$2,850 – This is the amount each volunteer has been asked to fundraise/contribute in order to join us on this LiveDifferent Build, with an initial $300 due within two weeks of registering. This fundraising goal now includes the Team Dinner Out and the Excursion Day activity

Have Questions?

 

Tyler Leighton, Coordinator of International Programs

Toll-Free: 1-866-432-4464

Email: tyler@livedifferent.com

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Ten days that will change lives, including yours.

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What's 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)
  • Materials, local labour required 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
  • Team dinner out
  • Excursion day activity *options will be shared closer to trip dates

What's 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 at least 3 months prior to your LiveDifferent Build)
  • Airport shuttles to and from ​the resort if arriving before the Build starts or leaving after the Build ends
  • Emergency Travel Medical Insurance (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 *needs to be pre-paid through LiveDifferent
  • Recommended resort staff and translator tip: $40 USD
  • Team dinner out:​ $25 USD
  • Personal spending money (for items such as snacks/souvenirs)
  • *Please Note: LiveDifferent is not responsible for flight delays or cancellations.
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Check out the itinerary

Day 01/8

Day 02/8

Day 03 - 06/8

Day 7/8

Day 8/8

Welcome to the DR

Fly into Puerto Plata (POP), Dominican Republic. Settle into the resort: Sosua By The Sea (www.sosuabythesea.com). Meet the staff and orientation.

Awareness day & meet the family

You’ll spend the day getting to know each other and learning about the communities that LiveDifferent works in. And you’ll get to meet the family you’ll be working alongside.

Project days

Together with the family, you and your team will be a part of making a dream a reality. Through this experience, you will develop friendships and memories that will last a lifetime.

Time to celebrate and excursion day

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. LiveDifferent also recognizes that you may want to take advantage the beauty and excitement of your host country! Each team member will be afforded some time 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. 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.

Head home

Volunteers fly home!

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Frequently Asked Questions

Where do I stay?

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).

How do I fundraise for my build?

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.

Help change lives—and experience something unforgettable!