The Trip

When is the trip?

We’ll be departing on Saturday June 9 and returning Saturday June 16.

Flight logistics will be provided closer to our departure date.

What exactly will we be doing?

Our work in Puerto Rico will be in direct disaster relief. Puerto Rico had back to back hurricanes that have left most of the island without electricity nearly a month after they passed. As a result of the recent hurricanes that have devastated the island, it is hard to predict at this moment what exactly our service work will look like while in Puerto Rico. As we get closer to our departure date, we’ll have a better understanding of what the needs of the communities we work with will be. At that point, we’ll identify the specific service project for our group. What you can be sure of, is that the work we do will have an immediate and profound impact on the people and children of Puerto Rico.

In addition to our service work, we will also have one entire day dedicated to recreational activities and exploring some of what Puerto Rico has to offer. There will also be some educational and cultural activities woven into our itinerary throughout the week.

Below is a sample itinerary, please remember this is just a guide for what our time could look like. Particularly as a result of the hurricanes, you should assume that the service projects will look a bit different than this itinerary. We will definitely work directly with the youth of Puerto Rico for at least part of our service work, though.

Day 1 – Travel 

  • Arrive San Juan Luis Munoz Marin International Airport,  met by volunteer coordinator, transfer to lodging site

Day 2 – Orientation and intro to service

  • Breakfast at lodging site
  • Local Ecosystem Orientation at Cabeza de San Juan Environmental Preserve
  • Lunch at Lighthouse
  • Conservation Project at Cabezas de San Juan
  • Beach trip

Days 3 & 4 – Service

  • Breakfast at lodging site, pack lunch
  • Ecosystem restoration projects
  • Projects on environmental preserves and in El Yunque Forest
  • Dinner at lodging site
  • Dinner on the beach

Days 5 & 6 – Service

  • Breakfast at lodging, pack lunch
  • Projects with Boys and Girls Club of Puerto Rico.  Volunteers will complete projects to improve the facility in the morning and work directly with youth in the afternoon helping with homework, assisting with recreational activities, and helping youth practice speaking English. Volunteers will also do an environmental education activity on both days.
  • Hike and swim in the national forest
  • Dinner at lodging site

Day 7 – Culture understanding and exploration

  • Breakfast at lodging site
  • Coral reef education and exploration,catamaran trip (snorkeling, swimming, and fun!)
  • Lunch on Catamaran
  • Dinner at lodging site

Day 8 – Travel

  • Pack for departure
  • Breakfast at lodging site
  • Drop at airport 2 hours before departure

Where will we be staying?

Volunteers will stay volunteer facilities that have been inspected and approved by our community partner.

They will have:

  • Safe and clean sleeping areas
  • Clean and functional bathroom facilities
  • Showers
  • Sanitary food services
  • Access to medical support
  • Onsite communications
  • Electricity
  • Fresh water

I have dietary restrictions, can that be accommodated?

Absolutely! Please let us know on your application any dietary restrictions that you have.

Who is our community partner?

We will be partnering with Community Collaborations International. CCI was founded in 1994 and has hosted over 20,000 volunteers since then. They were recognized by the Red Cross for the work they do, and have an impeccable track record for safety and security for their volunteers.