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Find answers to some of the most frequently asked questions about I.M.A.P..

Why the Dominican Republic?

Connecting with the Social Ministries of the Jesuit Antilleans Province to learn about and immerse ourselves into their work with Haitian refugees is a great way to bring timely justice issues into the lives of our Marquette community.

The program is led by, taught by, and true stories are being shared by the local community. We are there to learn from the experts and to reflect upon these issues in light of our lives, our vocation, and our Jesuit values. Our pre-trip preparation will help prepare us for the principles of poverty, immersion, and solidarity – but to be in country learning from those who struggle with these issues can only add to our IMAP experience.

Where exactly in the Dominican Republic are we staying?

IMAP will be staying in two locations, first a Jesuit Retreat Center in Santiago and second, a Parish center in Dajabon, near the border of Haiti.

How safe is this trip?

There are basic safety issues as would be expected for any foreign traveler. Crimes against American citizens are more prevalent. Marquette University takes every precaution to ensure our safety.

How much does the trip cost?

Your $2000 will cover food, transportation, housing and airfare for the entire trip. This is an “all-inclusive” cost.

Do I need to have a passport?

To enter the DR, you must have a passport with the expiration date further than 9 months from the date of travel. Applications for passports can be found online. Please ensure your passport is secured immediately upon deciding to participate on this trip. There is no need for a visa, unless you are not a citizen of the United States.

Do I need to get immunized?

Please consult with your family physician on what immunizations are needed for travel to the Dominican Republic. Typically immunizations include Typhoid, Hepatitis A (and B if you’ve not been immunized), Malaria, and updated tetanus. You may also consult information here.

What language do I need to know?

Though we will have translators to help us navigate the many languages (French, Spanish, Briton, American, Creole), it is good to have skills in one of these languages to have personal conversations with those you meet.

What will the weather be like?

The Dominican Republic is the eastern two-thirds of the island of Hispaniola, between the Caribbean Sea and the North Atlantic Ocean, east of Haiti. It has balmy weather year round. Take note, each day there is a chance of rain which occurs at sunrise, late in the afternoon or at night, but otherwise it's sunny. Make sure to pack lots of sunblock and a cap or hat for the sun.

Do I need to bring an electrical adaptor?

Generally the electricity operates at 110 Volts/60 Hertz (like in North America) but voltage irregularities can be quite common in the Dominican Republic - sometimes providing less, sometimes providing surges of far more. For this reason, expensive appliances and computers should have surge protection if they are going to be used here.


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