Adjusting to Life in the Dominican Reupublic
Supported by a Caring Community
Holy Child Volunteers in the Dominican Republic often go through a period of adjustment, the length of which varies from person to person. The Sisters of the Holy Child are there for the volunteers every step of the way to help them transition to the new and unfamiliar environment. They encourage volunteers to be patient and to try not to worry. Like others before them, the volunteers learn by doing – one day at a time!
What to Expect
- The electricity is not always dependable, and sometimes we experience power outages. Flashlights and headlamps are a necessity. However, there have been huge improvements in the power in recent years.
- Water comes into the street twice a week, and we keep a supply in a huge underground cistern so that water can be pumped up to tanks on the roof. In this way, we can have running water. We have a twin tub washing machine and space outside in the garden to dry clothes in the sun.
- Every Dominican home, including ours, is host to flies, ants, mosquitoes, cockroaches, spiders, toads, lizards, (once in a great while, even tarantulas!)—and other of God’s creatures!
- The noise level is often high, with music blaring simultaneously from various houses and people talking loudly.
- The weather is mostly warm and almost always sunny, although the rains at times can be torrential. Temperatures range between 72 and 85 degrees. From June through September, the temperature can be much hotter and the heat can be very tropical.