Dominican Republic 2
July 7 - July 17
As the first city founded in the Americas, Santo Domingo, is a rich blending of European, African, and native Taino Indian cultures. Spanish is the official language of the DR, although the locals blend Spanish with Dominican elements—making it “Dominicanese.” Engage has a unique partnership with International Justice Mission (IJM) and you will have the privilege of visiting their field office in Santo Domingo. The team will do some tangible projects in the local community that will have a long-term impact. You will teach VBS at Pasitos de Jesus, and visit Lily House, where young women who were once enslaved, are now receiving training in a safe and loving Christian environment. You will also have the incredible opportunity to spend time with Fausto and El Circulo, where Engage will be involved in outreach evangelism, as well as a soccer camp. Come join this team and experience God’s redeeming love and grace for His people in the Dominican Republic.
In preparation for future Engage International trips, we are monitoring the Zika Virus. The Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has issued travel notices to certain regions and countries where Zika virus transmission is active (Latin America and parts of the Caribbean). Zika Virus is spread to people through mosquito bites, and the most common symptoms are fever, rash, joint pain, and conjunctivitis (red eyes). The illness is usually mild with symptoms lasting from several days to a week. The need for hospitalization is uncommon, however, there is increasing evidence that its effect on pregnant females is more dramatic and may cause birth defects and poor pregnancy outcomes. We will continue to assess this situation with updated information from the CDC.
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