GREENVILLE, Ill. -- The volleyball team heads to the Dominican Republic Wednesday morning to spend eight days completing missions work and competing against top national, regional, and local volleyball clubs of the country.
Their journey begins Wednesday as the group travels to Santiago where they will settle and prepare for a day of missions work at a church on Thursday. While at the church, the squad will paint, clean, plant trees, and conduct landscaping work before a worship service that evening.
Their Friday schedule includes leading a volleyball clinic for children of Santiago where they will teach fundamentals and provide their Christian testimony. In the afternoon, they will visit the monument of Santiago, a founding father of the Dominican Republic before competing on the court against Banco de Reservas and Seleccion de Santiago in the evening.
Saturday brings more volleyball as they play two matches and enjoy lunch with the APE University team.
Sunday is designated as a day of worship as the group will visit the Los Jardines Free Methodist church in the morning where they will have a short presentation of reading the bible in Spanish and singing. In the afternoon, they will travel to Bonao to play volleyball and provide clinics and school supplies with the children and worship.
After spending four days conducting missions work and engaging in activities centered on volleyball, Monday and Tuesday will be spent enjoying the beaches of Puerto Plata in the Caribbean. Tuesday night, the squad will return to Santiago and play its last volleyball match against La Vega.
The tour includes visits to six cities in the Dominican Republic - Santiago, San Domingo, Bonao, La Vega, Sosua, and Puerto Plata - and matches against the Bonao, Santiago, University Apep, and pre-national teams from Dominican, La Vega, and Bonco de Reserves. The tour director is Ivan Estevez, a 1999 Greenville College graduate, who is a native of Santiago. Estevez resides in Greenville where he teaches at Greenville High School and serves as an assistant coach for the Greenville College softball team.