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HOW DO I ORGANIZE A TRIP?
To book an Impact Trip, please click the link "Start Your Trip Here." Fill out the form and submit it. Once received a member of our Impact Team will contact you and help answer your questions and guide you through the process. We are here to make your life-changing trip as smooth as possible.
CAN I COME BY MYSELF?
WHAT IS THE MINIMUM AGE FOR A TRIP?
WHAT ARE THE TRIP COSTS AND WHAT IS INCLUDED?
Impact Trips are $650
- Meals (Breakfast and Dinner) Bring your favorite snack for out in the field
- A/C or fans, sheets, pillows and towels
- Transportation in Haiti and the Dominican Republic
- RTS Expenses
- Beach Day! (If Possible)
- Amazing Hosts 😊
Youth Groups (Must have at least 20 members on team for pricing)
High School $475
Middle School $350
We strongly suggest one adult for every 5 youth
Family Impact Trips (We have a heart for families doing missions together)
High School $475
Middle School $350
12 and under $250
What’s Not Included
- Lunch (Bring your favorite snacks for out in the field)
- Special Projects (Please see our “Special Projects” page for ideas)
In an effort to be good stewards of our resources, we have initiated a required reservation fee and payment schedule for all trips. Please be sure to adhere to the following guidelines.
- $25 reservation fee per person (Must be paid to reserve your trip, non-refundable, deducted from total team balance.)
- 50% of total team payment due 90 days from arrival date
- Balance of total team payment due 30 days from arrival date
Note: Team Payments should come in collectively as one payment, not individually.
Airfare is not included in the cost of our trips
WHAT FLIGHTS SHOULD BE BOOKED?
Teams and individuals are responsible for their own airfare. RTS Missions asks that all flights arrive at the Port au Prince and Santo Domingo on Saturday. If you are unable to find a flight that meets our request, please email our office at firstname.lastname@example.org for the approval to arrive on a different day.
We ask that if all possible and the cost is reasonable, that you choose flights to arrive before 2:30 PM. We understand that the savings may be considerable arriving later. Although we do allow teams to purchase flights that arrive later, please try and contact us to let us know in advance.
Our main concern is with the team and our staff’s safety. Your destinations are 3 and 4 and 1/2 hours from the airport and driving during daylight hours adds a measure of safety. During these times of COVID, some countries have strict curfew times that need to be adhered to as well. Please note, if your flight arrives too late and our
in-country leadership team believes the travel is not safe at night when you arrive, or we can not travel due to curfew times, your team will need to stay at a nearby hotel. RTS can arrange for the hotel, but your team will be responsible for all hotel costs.
DO I NEED A PASSPORT AND VISA?
All North Americans traveling to Haiti and the DR must have a passport. Check with your post office for a passport application. You can also go to http://travel.state.gov/passport for more information. If you are applying for a new passport, please allow 4 to 8 weeks for this process. All travelers should bring a photocopy of the first two pages of their passport in their carry-on luggage.
You do not need a Visa
WHERE DO WE STAY?
Team members will stay at RTS Missions Guest Houses. From time to time we do partner with a few local hotels to accommodate larger groups. Your team members will be assigned rooms by gender. Each room has nice multiple bunk beds. Rooms house anywhere from 6-15 people. You may want to bring ear plugs if you are a light sleeper! There is A/C that will run in the evening if necessary. All rooms have floor and wall fans. Some team members bring small portable fans to attach the bunk to give them added air. Standard U.S. electrical outlets are available. Some rooms have their own bathroom and some rooms share a bathroom, but the whole house has running water. RTS Missions will provide sheets and pillows for teams as well.
HOW LONG IS A TRIP?
Impact trips are one week long from Saturday to Saturday.
WHAT DOES THE TRAVEL INSURENCE COVER? IS THAT OUR RESPONSIBILITY?
Emergency medical insurance is strongly suggested for all teams and individuals traveling to Haiti and the Dominican Republic with RTS Missions. If you choose to purchase medical travel insurance, we have been using Missionary Travel Association for years and find them to be one of the very best.
The cost is $25 per person for 8 days. The insurance covers emergency medical transportation services. If anyone has medical emergencies, they will be picked up and flown to any hospital they need. You can find the complete list of benefits and purchase your coverage at Missionary Travel Association.
WHAT WILL BE DONE DURING THE WEEK?
A majority of your week will be based on the trip you choose and if you choose a special project. Your week will include an intense ministry opportunity caring for the physical and spiritual needs of the communities you visit.
IS IT SAFE TO TRAVEL?
RTS Mission would never be able to gaurantee your safety no matter where we traveled. However we understand traveling to a third-world country represents a higher risk. While serving in Hispaniola we have built amazing relationships and belong to a network of over 150 organizations, government offices and police departments. The shared information through these networks allow RTS Missions to make the wisest decisions possible regarding your trip and safety. We consider your safety a top priority and will not hesitate to postpone a trip or get teams out of the country if needed.
WHAT IMMUNIZATIONS DO I NEED?
All individuals are encouraged to have the following vaccinations before entering Haiti and the DR. Please check with your local health department a few weeks before your departure as some medications may require you to start days before entering the country.
ONCE I LAND IN HAITI OR THE DR, HOW DO I GET TO THE RTS CAMPUS?
RTS Missions will send every team a document outlining the entry process 30 days before arrival, but members of our team will either meet you in the airport or as you come out of the airport.
PREPARING FOR YOUR TRIP
WHAT SHOULD I PACK?
A suggested packing list can be found in the Orientation Manual that will be sent to all teams. RTS will provide bedding and pillows. Please bring a water bottle. Pack snacks for your time out in the field.
DO I NEED TO BRING MY OWN FOOD?
RTS Missions provides breakfast and dinner. Please bring snacks for your time out in the field. Although RTS Missions will supply the food for your meals, we do send a food needs list from time to time to our teams. There are many things that are hard to find in country and if we can find it, it is very expensive.
WHAT IS THE DRESS CODE?
Haiti and the DR cultural is one that can be offended by the dress of another they feel is inappropriate. Our local pastors have requested that you follow the dress code found in our Orientation Manual to respect the culture and be more effective in ministry. Please pay close attation to the dress code in the Orientation Manual. Please understand that our staff has the right to ask you to change if neccessary.
WHAT IF I HAVE A PHYSICAL CONDITION OR I AM ON REQUIRED MEDICATION?
Please notify RTS Missions as soon as possible if anyone on the team has a physical condition or is on required medication. Please make sure to bring an ample supply of your medications, as finding medications can be difficult.
DO I NEED TO BRING MONEY?
There is no additional cost for your trip with RTS Missions. However there are a few things you will need money for.
There is a $10 tourist tax collected at the airport. This is per person.
Souviners if needed. You can get a lot for $25-$40
If you would like to give an offering at our church services...$2 - $5
Carts for your luggage if needed are $2 per cart. One cart can hold 4 suitcases