November 12-18, 2015
Dear GRACE Cares Family and Friends,
Dean Gallea, one of GRACE Care’s Board Members is co-hosting, with me and Namaya, a trip to Project Hearts in the Dominican Republic. Hope you can join us for 7 days & 6 nights of learning, service and fun.
Read on to learn more of Dean’s excellent adventure in the Dominican Republic and see what he has in store for 12 lucky amigos/as who will join us Nov 13 -20.
President, GRACE Cares
Dear friends, neighbors and family
I’ve been known to volunteer a good bit of my time and money to various causes I believe in. If you know me, you know that the groups and organizations I support are ones that do good work in the performing arts, environmental conservation, progressive social issues, peace advocacy and humanitarian assistance. Efforts in this last and most important area of concern are really at the forefront today. There are acute needs in natural disaster areas such as Nepal that are best served by governmental and medical professionals. But there are also the real human needs of people living in places that are simply under-served due to their less-developed country’s inability — or unwillingness — to supply what we consider basic, everyday resources like clean water, good sanitation, medical care, educationand safe homes.
Last November, I joined my friends Zoe and Namaya from GRACE Cares on a trip to the Dominican Republic. It was half-service, half-vacation, and all wonderful. We spent several days helping Project Hearts, a great community effort led by Ruben Ottenwalder, centered around the village of Baitoa and its neighboring communities in the beautiful, lush highlands of the DR.
I was awed at the many great works Ruben and his team have accomplished with very little resources. They have built homes for the poorest in the community, and improved the lives of many residents immensely by providing water and health education.
After our community work, we traveled to the breathtaking coastal beaches of the north coast area, relaxing at a very fine resort hotel in the village of Cabarete.
In addition tothe fabulous amenities in the hotel itself, the village provided a selection of wonderful restaurants, great live music, local foods and drinks, and did I mention the amazing beaches?
Cabarete is the kite-surfing capital of the Caribbean, and though I didn’t participate myself, it is easy to get lessons and try it out. Myself, I swam, lolled around on the incredible beaches, walked the shoreline, and people-watched. There are guided bus tours available. On one I joined, we visited a wildlife refuge with giant tortoises, saw waterfall divers, had a scrumptious meal at a beach, and swam in a cool, blue lagoon.The local shops carry a variety of craftwork from the DR, clothing, jewelry and the like. Many great memories remain with me from this visit.
And, as there is much more to be accomplished, and enjoyed, I am going back to the DR this November 12th through 18th, along with my friends. I highly recommend this trip to all of you, and I’d love to be your guide on this journey. Please look at the description below and consider this.A portion of the cost covers the donation of water tanks, which would be considered a charitable donation to GRACE Cares for tax purposes.
If you can’t go with us, PLEASE consider a generous donation to support the work of Project Hearts and GRACE Cares. They can provide a water tank for a family for under a grandwith volunteer labor, so resourceful are they. Or, a water filter which provides safe, clean water for a family for years costs just $50.A donation of any amount is greatly appreciated.
I hope you can join me for this pre-Thanksgiving trip (details below) and a chance to give and learn about the Dominican Republic.
Join us for a “Discover the Dominican Republic Tour”
Sponsored by GRACE Cares and Project Hearts!
From the historic city of Santiago to the lush mountains of the small rural town of Baitoa where Project Hearts is based, and ending on the beautiful beaches of Cabarete, this tour offers something for everyone. It is a unique opportunity to truly experience all that the Dominican Republic has to offer while doing good.
- Led by GRACE Cares Board member Dean Gallea and Project Hearts staff
- 7 day+6 night guided tour/service trip
- Limit 12 people
Price: Approximately $1000 (not including airfare) for all meals, lodging, transportation, tours, translators, volunteer projects, and cultural activities.
DISCOUNT: $50 discount for reservations received by August 30th!
Volunteer: Travel to rural Baitoa to volunteer with Project Hearts and experience the true Dominican lifestyle. Help build water tanks, housing or teach and inspire youth. This portion of the tour is culturally rich with opportunities for Dominican cooking lessons, horse-back riding, hikes, dance lessons, farm tours, and perhaps even time for a few rounds of the local favorite- dominoes – in addition to much needed volunteer projects.
Relax: Soak up sun and surf on the beautiful beaches of Cabarete. This portion of the trip is for you to recharge and reflect.
- Arrival to Santiago, Dominican Republic
- Tour and sightseeing, depending on arrival time
- Begin volunteer projects (preparing the installation of water tanks)
- Cultural activity: The group may split up with some hiking and some cooking
- Traditional Dominican dinner (rice and beans, sancocho, chicken, pork, salad) at Ruben’s house; Project Hearts team introductions and overview of PH work
- Continue with water tank installation
- Cultural Activity: Horseback Riding, Spanish Lessons, etc., at Ruben’s house
- Dinner at the lake
- Travel to Cabarete
- Visit the 27 Waterfalls!
- Dinner on the Beach
Days 5 and 6
- Full day of relaxation at the beach
- Potential for water sports, boat rides, bus tours or visits to Manatee park
- Departures (or take the option to stay longer on your own)
Sign up by August 30th and receive a $50 discount!