Located between Cuba and Puerto Rico, the Dominican Republic shares the island of Hispaniola with Haiti. The Dominican Republic is a very safe and friendly country, with many Dominicans having family living in the States. A representative democracy has been in place since the 1960’s. Baseball is the national sport, with many Dominicans playing in the major leagues. The country is very poor, especially along the “frontera”, the area along the Haiti border. The major industries include tourism, agriculture especially the sugar crop, mining and manufacturing.
Monte Cristi is a sleepy town of about 20,000 residents located on the northwest coast of the Dominican Republic. It was founded in the 16th century, and enjoyed a period of prosperity at the turn of the 19th century when Europeans exported mahogany and agricultural products. Today, it’s salt flats produce a large amount of salt for export and domestic use, some fishermen make a living fishing, and there is a nearby melon and banana industry. Monte Cristi is home to a beautiful national park beach, El Moro.
Manolo Taveras Volunteer Center
In the spring of 2007, Outreach360 purchased a building in Monte Cristi, and converted it into housing for Outreach360 volunteers. In addition to housing about 50 volunteers, the building has a full-function kitchen and dining room. The community center is located across the street from a wonderful Monte Cristi city park. Outreach360 has also purchased a house across the street from the community center, capable of housing 30 additional volunteers. There is additional volunteer sleeping space available for volunteers at the Outreach360 Salomon Jorge Learning Center if needed.
Outreach360 Salomón Jorge Volunteer Center
The Salomón Jorge Volunteer Center is a recently purchased space. This location consists of two buildings, one a converted house and one a large open dorm building. We can house about 100 volunteers at this facility. It is located about 5 blocks from our other location, which is in the center of town, and a few blocks from a beach with a beautiful pier. This is also the location for the Salomón Jorge Neighborhood Learning Center.