Frequently Asked QuestionsWhat is the process for signing up?Once you have prayed and made the decision to go on a mission trip click here to register electronicallyWhat is included in the cost? Trip costs are based on arrival & departure from Pittsburgh International Airport. Additional fees may be applied for departure & arrivale from other airports Safe, clean housing and nourishing meals Ground travel while in the DR Work projects, mission opportunities and materials Team leaders and translators Worship opportunities for the team to attend or participate in each evening COVID tests for return to the United States are included in the cost of the trip and will be performed at MGM What about raising money?If your friends and family would like to be involved in your mission trip experience click here to view and print a sample contribution letter. Anyone wishing to raise financial support using Facebook click here to view the instructions. What if I am organizing a group from my church or school to utilize the MGM facilities?Contact Pastor Rick Wiater at: (412) 523-2964 firstname.lastname@example.orgWhat shots do I need?Immunizations: While nothing is required, we recommend that you have a shot for Hepatitis A and for Tetanus. You can also check the Center for Disease Control for other recommendations. CDC How much money should I take? All food and transportation is included in the cost of your mission trip to the Dominican Republic. U.S. currency is accepted everywhere. You may want a small amount of money for: • personal gifts • souvenirs • offerings at local church services • Soda, or snacks Note: Small bills are recommended ($1, $5). A freewill offering is taken at the end of the week for the staff. What can I expect a typical day on a mission trip to be like?View a Day in the lifeWill there be access to WIFI?The purpose of short-term mission trips are to unplug from daily routines and focus on spiritual growth. WIFI access is limited. * We recommend you leave your electronic devices at home.What if someone from the States needs to reach me in an emergency?In the event of a true emergency contact Tim Pohl or Pastor Rick Wiater What should I pack?The weight limit is typically 50 lbs. It is best to check the airlines website. Check the weight of your bag before you get to the airport. The weather is warm year round and light clothing is recommended. Hard soled shoes or at least tennis shoes are required in the villages. T-shirts are recommended while working in the villages however women should avoid sleeveless T-shirts. Collared shirts and khakis are recommended men’s wear for evening church services. Modest length skirts and covered shoulders are recommended for women attending evening church services. Check the list on Experience a Mission Trip for more information. What are accommodations like?The sleeping facilities are modest, but clean and safe. Each person has a single bunk. There are a sufficient number of sinks, toilets and showers for all. Meeting rooms and bedrooms are on different levels so be prepared to climb steps throughout the day. Travel to and from ministry sites may require climbing in and out of the back of an open-bed truck. Safety concerns require that no one leave the compound for any reason without permission from one of the senior staff members; Joel, Clinton, Erin, or Pastor Rick. What about food?The food is typical of Latin America; very mild and nutritious. Most people are pleasantly surprised at how much they enjoy the food. Some snacks are available at the ‘Wacky Shack’ most evenings.What about water?MGM provides plenty of fresh water for your needs. Bring your own reusable water bottle. Do I need to speak Spanish?No. Interpreters are provided for all ministries. What if I’ve paid and need to cancel my trip? Cancellation policies are based on airline policy. MGM cannot return money due to IRS rules. However, they will do all that is possible to allow you to reschedule the trip within one year if the cancellation is due to legitimate circumstances. Is my trip tax deductible? The trip is tax deductible. Checks must be made payable to MGM 110 Hays Road, Pittsburgh, PA 15241 OR Online payments can be made by logging into the trip software using this link. Can I visit Hato Mayor on my own?Safety concerns require that no one leave the compound for any reason without permission from one of the senior staff members; Joel, Clinton, Erin, or Pastor Rick.When is the deposit and final payment due? All January Trips: A deposit of $695 is due on or before October 1st. Final payment is due on or before December 9th. All Other Trips: A deposit for $695.00 is due 75 days prior to departure. A final payment of $695.00 is due 30 days prior to departure. Is there a letter of consent for travel of a minor? Click here to view a sample letter that can be used as a guide. You may also wish to have the Letter of Consent notarized.