Q. Where do we stay?
A. We stay at Hotel Don Carlos, centrally located near the cathedral in Higuey. It generally takes about ten minutes by taxi to the work site.
Q. Is the hotel comfortable?
A. Our hotel is clean, safe and comfortable. While it is not up to the standards we look for in our nicer American facilities, it does have running water (not necessarily hot) to shower, air conditioning, and electricity.
Q. What is the temperature this time of year?
A. It is in the 90’s with high humidity.
Q. What will we be doing?
A. While we would love to have every detail listed in advance, the reality is that we work in a third world country and are constantly adapting and changing. During this trip we plan to put the roofs on existing structures, build interior walls and complete and paint five homes. We are also hoping to dig the footers for five additional homes. In addition, we will be continuing medical outreach and child educational classes.
Q. I don’t speak Spanish. Is this a problem?
A. No. There are missionaries who are able to communicate in Spanish in order to efficiently and effectively accomplish the goals of the trip. Despite the language barrier, the local people are extremely kind and will often use gestures and hand motions to communicate.
Q. I’m not very strong nor physically fit. Is this acceptable?
A. Yes. Everyone has his/her own unique gifts and talents. Some may be good at pouring cement, some at painting, some at carpentry, some at electrical work, and some at sorting, organizing and distributing clothes. The important thing is to recognize your God-given talents and use these talents to help the poorest of the poor.
Q. I’m concerned about the intense heat of the day and ensuring my safety and health.
A. Hydration is essential! Don’t try to be a hero. If you don’t feel well, tell someone, take a break and get out of the heat. We also travel with several missionaries certified in CPR and first aid. There is a first aid kit on hand at all times.
Q. Is there a hospital or healthcare available?
A. Yes. There is an out-patient center about ten minutes from the hotel and twenty minutes from the worksite.
Q. What will we eat and drink?
A. We have developed a network of places and food sources that are both nutritious and safe. Lunch each day includes: peanut butter and jelly sandwiches, fruit and snacks (granola bars). Dinners may include: spaghetti, rice and beans, chicken, steak, or pizza.
Be assured that the food we consume is safe and healthy.
With your cooperation and compliance, we will accomplish our most important goals – safety and health!
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