U.S. Work Teams

Why Work Teams?

Leaving the United States and serving in another culture is an invaluable way to grow a believer’s faith, strengthen their convictions, and see God in a new way. It's also an important part of God’s mandate that we care for the Lord’s less fortunate. Pico Escondido has been built by many work teams over the years. We encourage work teams to come into the week with open hearts, and a willingness to give and receive resources and wisdom with the international community of believers. God is at work in the Dominican Republic and it is encouraging for the Dominicans to see Americans who want to partner with them in ministry. 

Who can come on a work team?

Whether a teenager, college student, or adult, work team participants are brought into the presence of Christ in a unique and profound way. These trips are more than a short-term mission opportunity. They are a chance to be a part of the global ministry of what God is doing through Young Life. Work Teams can be Young Life Campaigner groups, church youth groups, men’s Bible studies, women’s Bible studies, college reunions, Young Life leaders, families, school groups, or any other group that wants to serve and grow. 


What does a typical week look like?

A work trip usually begins and ends on a Saturday. Work Teams are met at the airport by two Dominican Young Life staff members or volunteers who will serve as their hosts for the week. Teams then travel to a town to stay with the families of Vida Joven leaders and serve in a local area for two nights. Homestays are typically the most powerful part of the trip, as team members get to see what Young Life looks likes in local areas. Teams will get to serve the community and get to see a close glimpse of the Young Life leaders in action - even attending a Young Life club. After the homestays, teams head to Pico Escondido to participate in work projects at camp. Much of Pico was built by work teams, and that tradition continues as the ministry continues to grow. Teams play a key role in improving camp according to the needs of the ministry. After a week of hard work, each team heads to the beach to rest and debrief before heading home.

How much does a Work Trip cost? 

The cost per person for an eight-day trip for 2018 is $915 plus airfare and $45 for each additional day. The cost includes lodging, ground transportation, project costs, meals, a ministry donation, travel insurance, and trip support provided by our sending agency - Young Life Expeditions. Each trip also includes a debrief day at the beach and a night in a hotel. Work teams provide invaluable financial assistance to the ministry of Vida Joven. In 2016 over $17,000 from work teams went to sending Dominican kids to camp! We encourage all team members to fundraise the cost of their trip as it provides a powerful journey in trusting God and sharing the vision of Pico Escondido with many other people who would never be able to make the trip themselves. Young Life Expeditions provides excellent fundraising tools to assist the team in reaching their goal. ​

There are work team opportunities all year long! For more information, fill out an inquiry form with Young Life Expeditions or contact Allison Preg, the North American Liaison at Pico Escondido!

See projects from past Work Teams!

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Pico Escondido
Jarabacoa, Dominican Republic

CALL US: (809) 878-6481

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