25 Day Community Service Adventure in Puerto Rico
Puerto Rico Community Service Trip packed with Adventure!
Experience the vibrancy and hospitality of the island of Puerto Rico over this multiple week community service program. This trip has it all – meaningful rebuilding projects, hands-on environmental service work, rock climbing, boating, and more! Connect with local communities while making an impact on projects, all while practicing your Spanish and learning about Puerto Rican culture.
Participants fly into San Juan, Puerto Rico (no passport necessary!) and meet their Global Works leaders at the Luis Muñoz Marín International Airport. We pack up the vans and head back through San Juan and west 30 minutes to our group lodging in the small, beach side town of Cerro Gordo. Day 1 is dedicated to getting to know each other and learning about our upcoming projects. With our professional guide, Alvin, we tour Puerto Rico’s many historic sites, including the old fort of “El Morro” and the Rio Piedras market, with its colorful murals and paintings.
The next day we are ready to dig into our community service work. We spend the few days working hard on construction projects. No experience necessary, just a positive attitude! We take a break one afternoon to take a guided and educational tour of San Juan. Each late afternoon/evening, we enjoy group activities such as swimming at local beaches, practicing “La Bomba” dance moves, and participating in various cultural activities.
We challenge ourselves with a two day rock climbing clinic appropriate for all levels. Our guides are AMGA (American Mountain Guide) certified with over 35 years of experience teaching rock climbing. It’s an educational and adrenaline pumping couple of days!
Next, we transfer to the smaller island of Vieques located off the eastern coast of Puerto Rico. Vieques is known for it’s secluded beaches and laid back vibe. We will learn about the complex history of this island, once used by the US Navy as a bombing practice area and dig into environmental service initiatives. Projects may include reforestation, trail maintenance, and small construction and repairs to research facilities. We’ll dig deeper into environmental challenges such as deforestation and climate change and the impact on the environment social fabric of the island.
For three nights, we live on chartered catamarans. We explore and snorkel around some of the Caribbean’s most pristine locations surrounding Puerto Rico. Along the way, we learn about the impact of climate change on a variety of marine environments while viewing wildlife up close.
We return to mainland Puerto Rico for a program closure and reflection before returning home.
Please note that, given the unprecedented nature of travel currently, this itinerary is subject to change.
The “Big Yellow House” is Global Works Puerto Rico base and is perfect for groups! Students stay four per room in bunk rooms with private baths, and share in the cooking responsibilities. Our home is on an acre of land with sand volleyball courts, group meeting space, and is a 5-minute walk to pristine beaches.
Sleep on a catamaran for 7 nights! Students will stay 2 to a cabin.