Summer Camp 2016 Pre-departure Link
Please fill out these forms and return them to the US office via fax (815-550-1727) or email (scanned and sent to firstname.lastname@example.org) or mail (916 Williams Rd, Unit 2, Colchester, VT 05446) by April 30th. Be sure to include copies of your passport, birth certificate and health insurance card with your forms.
Forms Checklist (To verify you have provided all necessary materials)
Summer Camp Counselors should send in their program fee payment of $1,950 by April 30th at the latest. Checks can be made out to the DREAM Project and sent to 916 Williams Rd, Unit 2, Colchester, VT 05446. This payment can also be made in installments every two weeks up to April 30th. Returning counselors are granted a discounted fee of $975, and experienced, certified teachers do not have to pay the program fee.
Weebly Website: http://dreamers2016.weebly.com/
Information to read over before your departure for the DR. Please print and bring a copy of the Summer Camp Volunteer Handbook down with you.
You may find the following documents helpful when raising funds to cover your volunteer fee or collecting summer camp supply donations.
Letter for customs or airlines – To show you are bringing DREAM supplies in your luggage (Make sure to edit this to include your name in both the Spanish and English versions, and the date.)
Need to purchase travel insurance?
As stated in the forms, DREAM does not provide travel/medical insurance. You can receive a quote or purchase travel insurance through the following link:
VISA REQUIREMENTS/OVERSTAY FEES
The Tourist Card is an entry fee charged by the Dominican Republic for those who visit the country for tourism purposes. It can be obtained directly upon arrival in the airport for $10 USD or Euros with presentation of a valid passport. The tourist card is valid for a stay of 30 days in the country.
Any visitor who has stayed in the country longer than 30 days (including 31 days) must pay the departure tax at the airport when they leave the country. Your passport will be reviewed by customs officials according to last entry into the country, you will be directed to a separate line to pay the appropriate taxes based on length of overstay, and should receive a receipt for your payment. The current overstay fees in 2015 are as follows. Note that the timeframe below indicates how many days and months one has stayed past the allowed 30 days.
1 day to 3 months – 2,500 pesos
3 to 9 months – 4,000 pesos
9 months to 1 year – 5,000 pesos
1 to 1.5 years – 6,500 pesos
1.5 to 2 years – 8,000 pesos
2 to 2.5 years – 9,500 pesos
2.5 to 3 years – 11,000 pesos
3 to 4 years – 16,000 pesos
4 to 5 years – 20,000 pesos
After 5 years and 11 months, the visitor must pay 11,000 pesos for each additional year in the country. The conversion rate in USD is calculated using the current daily rate from the Banco del Reservas. Summer camp volunteers typically stay a total of 5 weeks in the Dominican Republic, and thus will need to be prepared to pay $2,500 pesos (approximately $60 USD) upon departure. Payment of the departure tax is the responsibility of the volunteer and is not covered by DREAM Project. Volunteers should note that these costs are significantly less than the costs for processing a visa for short-term stays in most countries. For more information about visas in the Dominican Republic, please visit the following website: http://www.domrep.org/visa.html