Frequently Asked Questions

Site Specific Questions

How old do I have to be to volunteer with Our Better Places?

Volunteers must be 18 years or older to apply and participate in our programs


Where do I stay during the program?

It depends by program. Some of our programs offer group Volunteer homes or the opportunity to be hosted by a local family.


Will I be working with other volunteers?

Majority of OBP programs have volunteers working with one another. You may meet volunteers from different Universities and countries. Some of our programs are flexible, if you wish to be placed by yourself please do not hesistate to reach out. 


Can I take language lessons on my volunteer program?

Currently, our Samana sites offer Spanish lessons on a regular bases. While staying with us in Miami, we'll be more than happy to teach you some of the Spanish basics!


Is a Criminal Background Check Required?

If you are participating in our Youth Development Programs, we require that you submit a background check no later than 60 days before your program start date. You are able to obtain one here.






Reference & Certificates

Can I go traveling and sightseeing during the weekends of my volunteer program?

Volunteers will have free time after their volunteer work and will have the weekends avaialble to explore the area! We offer discounted tours so Volunteers can truly imerse themselves in local culture and live like the locals!


Will Our Better Places provide a reference or act as a referee for me once I finish volunteering?

Absolutely! Be sure to email and we'll help you out! Volunteers will also receive a certificate of completion after their programs end.

Insurance & Vaccines

Is Travel Insurance REQUIRED?

Travel insurance is required for all international trips. 


Is travel insurance included in the Program Fee?

No. Your program fee covers Accommodations, transportation, possible meals, and administrative fees We have a pre packaged Travel Insurance that we offer as well at an additional cost.


Will I need vaccines?

The vaccinations you require will depend on which vaccinations you have had previously, and the country that you are traveling to. We provide you with a pre-trip packet with further details on specific vaccines 60 days prior to your departure. .

Travel related

Do I require a visa to travel to the country I wish to volunteer in?

Visas to the Dominican Republic are not required if Volunteers will be staying in the country for less than 30 days


Is airfare included in the program fee?

Airfare is not included in the program fee.  But we are more than glad to direct you to sites that can offer cheap airfare and services.


How will I get to my accomodations?

We provide airport pick up and drop off for Volunteers. Staff members will assist Volunteers upon arrival at the airport.