Casual clothing is well accepted, although you should avoid bringing clothing which may be viewed as “too revealing” from the Dominican and Pentecostal cultures.
Important—Special Cultural Issues regarding clothing for Women
Respectable women in the Dominican Republic do not wear shorts in public. As a result, we require that female volunteers wear pants, crop pants or skirts that fall BELOW the knee. No shorts. Also, shoulders are to be covered. Therefore, tank tops/strappy tops are prohibited. We will provide tee-shirts to be worn for camp. Bras must be worn at all times. No see-through clothing is allowed. No spandex pants, no bare midriffs. Bring a one-piece bathing suit AND one pair of shorts (shorts are to be worn over your suit while in and out of the water) for any possible trips to the beach with the kids. If you plan to attend church—please bring a long skirt and blouse or dress. No bare shoulders.
You may be teaching in the classroom or attending church. We request that you bring at least one pair of pants (dockers/nice casual) to use during this time. If you plan to attend church, also bring a nice polo shirt or dress shirt.
Outreach360 will be sending you a tee-shirt to be worn during the day program. You will receive additional Outreach360 tee-shirts on-site to wear throughout the week. Even so, we encourage you to bring a couple of shirts, in case the power is out or the washing machine is broken and we can’t wash all the Outreach360 tee-shirts.
You will not have an opportunity to wash items during the week, so make sure you bring sufficient underwear, socks, etc. for a full week. Volunteers staying more than one week will be able to wash clothes on the weekends.
We recommend bringing a firm pair of sandals and tennis shoes for daily footwear.
Please bring a pair of closed toed shoes.
Weather during the winter and spring can be chilly at night and even during the day, you should bring pants and a jacket. Even in the summer, a light sweater or windbreaker is good to have.
In addition, you may want to review the following list for more items to pack for you:
- Your passport.
- Mosquito repellent. Extra mosquito repellent. We suggest mosquito repellent with deet. Also, a long sleeve shirt and long pants for those times mosquitoes are bad.
- A portable battery powered fan for sleeping, especially if the heat bothers you.
- Sun screen.
- A flashlight with extra batteries.
- A personal water bottle.
- Twin sheets, a towel, an airline style blanket/throw, and washcloths. (Sheet and towels and blankets and pillows are optional, they are available on-site)
- Foam Ear plugs (The chickens and donkeys can be loud at night!)
- A camera, extra camera batteries and memory. Double the memory you think you will need.
- Work gloves
- Personal toiletry items, including soap, you may need. Instant hand sanitizer is helpful.
- Just in case—items for stomach issues—Pepto Bismol, immodium, etc.
- An extra pair of glasses or contacts, if you use them.
- A plastic garbage bag to store your dirty clothes.
- Male Volunteers—bring at least one pair of non-jean pants for working in the schools. If you plan to go to church, also bring a nice polo or dress shirt.
- Women – Professional Dominican and Nicaraguan women dress very modestly. Wear skirts or pants or capris at or below the knee. No shorts, spandex type pants, tank tops, or sleeveless dresses. A one piece swimsuit. Important—bring a pair of closed toe shoes. If you plan to go to church, bring a long dress or skirt and blouse.
- You will receive O360 tee-shirts to wear each day when you arrive in the D.R. You will be wearing Outreach360 shirts everyday; you only need other shirts for optional church.
- A watch and alarm clock feature—you will be responsible for managing your personal time, including your wake-up time.
- You will have access to a charging station for your camera; no special European type adapters are needed.
- If you are under age 18 and not traveling with a parent, complete the Temporary Guardianship Form and give it to your temporary guardian traveling with you.
You will be able to store your passport, extra emergency cash, phone, and electronics in an Outreach360 safe or secure area for you to retrieve at the conclusion of your time with Outreach360. All other valuables that you bring should be kept with you at all times.
We ask that you put your phone away when you arrive to your Outreach360 location. You can store it in secure O360 facilities. You will have access to an O360phone to call home when you arrive; multi-week volunteers will have limited access to O360 phones on the weekend.
Some airlines allow you to bring two large (up to 50 pounds) pieces of luggage to check in. You should confirm this with your airline. We request that you bring all personal essentials and one week of clothing in your carry-on, as it may take a week to return to the airport to pick up lost luggage. We request that you save as much space as possible in your two large suitcases for donated items.