Caribbean
Concrete Floors
Water Filters
Recycle Paper Activities
Water fall activities
Outback safari activities
Teaching English
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Travel with us for a 10 - day tour of meaningful service opportunities, a chance to meet others, devotionals by John Bytheway and an adventure in paradise! We welcome individuals, couples and families

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June 14 -23, 2022

$1,800
per person, based on double occupancy
$2,100
per person, based on single occupancy
$1,700
per person, based on triple occupancy
$1,600
per person, based on quad occupancy

Hosted by John and Kim Bytheway

John and Kim on the beach in the Dominican Republic

Tour Includes:

  • Resort accommodations
  • Ground transportation, including airport transfers for designated flights
  • 5 Service projects
  • 3 Recreational activities
  • Breakfasts and lunches in the Dominican Republic
  • Workshops with John and Kim Bytheway

Not Included:

  • Airfare to and from the Dominican Republic
  • Travel insurance 
  • Dinners in the Dominican Republic and while traveling 
  • Personal Items

Service projects

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Water Filter Manufacturing

The water crisis is a reality that plagues the entire world. In the Dominican Republic alone, more than three million people have no access to piped water. One solution already being implemented is the production and distribution of clay water filters, which mean far fewer children and adults will miss school or work due to water-borne illnesses. You will have the opportunity to work alongside established organizations and local artisans in the entire filter-making process: gathering and mixing the raw materials, working the clay, shaping and firing the filters, testing the quality of the finished product, and distributing the finished filters to needy families. In this family-friendly activity, even smaller children will find ways to do their part.

This is a 1/2 day project. There is a 45 minute drive from the hotel to the factory. After that, we will deliver the filters to families.

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Concrete Flooring

As our guest, you will have the opportunity to help improve the lives and health of the Dominican people from the ground up. Literally. In the homes of poorer communities, the common basic dirt floors are a genuine health risk. They pick up dust during the dry season and retain dampness and puddles in the rainy season. And they’re impossible to clean, which means that anything spilled on the floor or tracked into the house, however unhygienic, tends to stay put. Every month, homes in a different small area of a community will be chosen to be upgraded with new concrete floors. Can’t you see yourself pouring concrete and working alongside the homeowners and other members of the surrounding community, including children and teenagers, helping them create surroundings they’ll be proud to take care of maintain. The families are so appreaciative. The average cost of the new concrete floor is $200. Part of your fees pay for the materials.

This is 1/2 day project.

15-45 minute drive from the hotel to the home.

Physical labor incudes: mixing, shoveling, carrying buckets and smoothing out the concrete. bring some work clothes. gloves will be provided.

Cacao Plant
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Women's Cooperative Chocolate Factory

The poorest half of the Dominican Republic’s population receives less than one-fifth of the country’s annual GDP. But the economic opportunities are there. And so is the willingness to take advantage of them.One local women’s cooperative is actively involved in the cultivation of organic chocolate (cacao) plants, an important source of income for the Puerto Plata region. As our guest, you can participate in the complete production cycle: from planting and cultivating the organic cacao trees, to preparing the raw materials, to producing and packaging the final product for sale. By helping to improve production and increase sales, you’ll also be helping the organization to thrive so it can hire more local women, providing critical income in a region with limited.

This is 1/2 day project.

1 hour drive from the hotel to the factory.

Physical labor incudes: packaging, sorting, and pouring into molds. Wear work clothes, gloves will be provided.

Bring money to purchase chocolate gifts. The proceeds go to the cause.

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English Teaching and Activities - Children and Adults

On a national level, young Dominicans face almost insurmountable obstacles to academic success. One of the skills in demand by local employers is basic English. (*School Months Only) However, a shortage of trained English teachers and lack of academic support at home make a formalized English learning curriculum difficult to sustain. You’ll have the opportunity to work with both teachers and students on activities designed to create interest and excitement in the learning process and aid in language retention. You’ll engage in games, simple vocabulary lessons, and small-group conversations that provide much-needed confidence. And you’ll find that this kind of positive impact on the life of a child is one of the most gratifying experiences a traveler can have.Our guest anticipates that, within five years, more than 2,200 of the students whose lives we’ve touched will have achieved working proficiency in English and will be prepared for jobs that can raise the income levels of their families. Traveling during the summer when school is out of session? You can still help students succeed academically. Check out the Creative, Arts, Music, and Sports program that takes the place of Student English Conversation and Learning during the summer months.

  • Spend 1/2 the day with the kids or adults.
  • Travel 30 minutes.
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Entrepreneurship - Recycled Paper Crafts

Recycled Paper and Crafts Entrepreneurship is another group of enterprising Dominican women have formed an association to create and sell arts and crafts from locally recycled paper. In addition to participating in the entire paper recycling process, you’ll have the opportunity to support all aspects of the association’s program, including creating new products for sale, expanding the association’s distribution network, and helping to establish a more formal process for taking their products to market. This support provides critical income and will ultimately allow the women to expand their association as their business grows. As our guest, you can have a positive, hands-on impact on both programs, not only helping the women benefit from steady sources of income but also contributing to increased English skills that can help them sell their products more effectively. 

This is 1/2 day project.

20 minute drive from the hotel to the factory/store.

Physical labor incudes: tearing paper, screening the paper, and  gluing strips of the paper.

Recreational activities

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Airfare Information

  • United Airlines: SLC – EWR – POP (2343/1078) POP – EWR – SLC (1837/2080) 
  • American Airlines: SLC – PHX – MIA – POP (1388/2054/935) STI – MIA – DFW – SLC (1306/1276/2566) 
  • Delta Airlines only flies into STI. Guests interested in traveling on Delta Airlines may do so, however  airport transfer cost would be additional.

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John and Kim on the beach in the Dominican Republic

John Bytheway Bio

John Bytheway was born and raised in Salt Lake City, and he served his mission in the Philippines. Following his mission he attended the University of Utah, and later graduated from BYU.

John has taught the Book of Mormon at Brigham Young University, and the BYU Salt Lake Center since 1996. In 2003, he earned a Master’s Degree in Religious Education. He is the author of more than two dozen books and CDs many of which, he says, are effective non-prescription sleep-aids.

He loves to golf, write, read, and play the banjo and guitar. John is a founding member of the local chapter of the Andy Griffith Show Re-run Watchers Club, and does a “spot-on” impersonation of Deputy Sheriff Barney Fife. 

John was recently released as bishop of the Salt Lake Winder 10th Ward, and is now teaching Sunday School with his wife, Kim. John and Kim have six children and a completely full SUV which doubles in value when it’s full of gasoline.

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