Thrive in Joy Heads to the DR November 9-14...You Can, Too!


Here are all the details as currently planned (but know that once in the DR, things can change) for our next trip to the Dominican Republic:

Depart Friday, November 9 - Travel to Santo Domingo (SDQ).  Most flights are through Miami and, if flying from the west coast, a departure around 8:00 a.m. will get you into Santo Domingo by around 9:30 p.m. Vision Trust team members will meet us at the airport and take us to the Vision Trust Mission House where we'll be staying.

Saturday, November 10 - Breakfast at the Mission House, then the full team will go to the Remar Orphanage where we'll help work on upgrades to the kitchen at the boys' house as well as plumbing repairs. Other team members will spend time with the kids.  We'll have discussions  on health and prayer followed by a break for lunch. The afternoon will be spent playing with the kids doing  crafts, games, and sports. We'll return to the Mission House for dinner and team discussion/debrief.

Sunday, November 11 - Attend non-denominational church service in the Herrera community in open-air community room on the top floor of Tia Tatiana School overlooking Herrera. Return to Mission House for lunch.  The gals on the team will go to Ketty's House, a residence for girls and young women rescued from abusive conditions. Activities to include a discussion on recognizing the dangers of human trafficking plus art and cooking activities.  Guys will return to Remar Orphanage for continued work on upgrade projects plus recreation with the kids and a picnic. Teams will reunite for dinner at Provocon restaurant for the best chicken ever!

Monday, November 12 -  Breakfast at Mission House. Diane and Gabby will lead Capturing Kids Hearts education session plus Human Trafficking awareness training with Vision Trust educators at local church.  Other team members will help Jay at Tia Tatiana School making and serving Nick’s favorite lunch (chicken and broccoli pasta) for 200 kids . Team will regroup at the Mission House for dinner and discussion/ debrief.

Tuesday, November 13 - Breakfast at the Mission House. Education team will participate in Session 2 of Capturing Kids Hearts and Human Trafficking Awareness Training at local church with Diane and Gabby.  Other team members will travel to Sabana Perdida to visit a Vision Trust program in that community and interact with the kids and parents. Planned presentations by team members will include a clown act,  personal testimonies, and bible stories. Lunch will be a picnic packed that morning for the trip. Next, we'll drive to the deaf school started by Vision Trust and now funded by the Dominican Republic government. Tech team will work on equipment upgrades, group will hear a testimony from DR team member, and we'll have fun playing with the kids. Possible restaurant dinner prior to returning to Mission House.

Wednesday, November 14- Breakfast at Mission House.  Tourist activity of shopping/ visiting Colonial Zone prior to departing for airport. Suggested flight departure time approximately 2:30-3:00 pm.

Other information about this trip: Several team members have made this trip multiple times and have lots of experience. Translators are always with us to help with communication. This team originated through the ROI (Retail Orphan Initiative) organization which facilitates executives in the retail technology field to join forces to support vulnerable children around the world.  Team members Mark Haney and Greg Wilborn leveraged their experience in the DR to launch CTRL ALT DEL Poverty, a non-profit that brings closed-system computer learning centers to underserved schools around the world. ROI and CTRL ALT DEL Poverty partner with Vision Trust International (a nondenominational Christian organization) given their excellent infrastructure in the Dominican Republic in support of the country's most vulnerable children.

Cost: The land package cost for new team members on this trip which includes lodging, food, in-country transportation, translators, VisionTrust team coordination, team member handbooks & T-shirts, and emergency medical insurance is  $750 USD tax deductible check or credit card payment to Vision Trust International. Airfare from Los Angeles is approximately $700 RT which is booked directly with your preferred airlines (American Airlines seems to have best time options).

If you are interested in joining us, please complete the form below TODAY!  Only 6 openings remain to join Jay and Mary and their  fellow 6 team members on this trip!

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Our March 2018 Trip with the Team from the USC Caruso Catholic Center

Our March 2018 Trip with the Team from the USC Caruso Catholic Center

March 10-16, 2018: We made our 2nd annual USC Caruso Catholic Center Thrive in Joy Dominican Republic Alternative Spring Break trip in partnership with VisionTrust International. We spent time with the students at Tia Tatiana School doing art projects with the younger grades and giving encouragement to the high school students to persevere and follow their dreams. We also painted murals and made upgrades to the school attended by the children who live at the Remar Orphanage. The highlight of the trip was having time to play and talk with the kids at the orphanage and experience the connection we share through God’s love.

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