21 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.
We dive into our service work in a nearby community. This close-knit community has experienced economic hardship and has rebuilt itself time and time again after being destroyed by tropical storms and hurricanes. Families are now working to replace their wooden houses with concrete structures that are safer and will last much longer in the Puerto Rican climate. We will work diligently on home construction projects that will have a lasting impact on this community. 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. Whether it’s your first day of climbing or you’re keen to take your skills to the next level, this adventure will maximize your fun on the rocks. 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. We also have the opportunity to kayak the world-renowned bioluminescent bay!
After getting back to the mainland, we travel inland to spend a few days at a sustainable forestry and work to preserve local biological systems and ecology. Tucked away in the rainforest, we will spend a few nights sleeping to the sounds of nature and re-connecting to the environment. After our full days of volunteering with trail maintenance and tree planting, we will go for gorgeous swims at local watering holes.
For our final few days, we will get some valuable beach time in! We will catch some waves boogie boarding or surfing, while savoring our final moments on this unforgettable island. We have a last delicious dinner together as a group. Finally, we take some time for program closure and reflection before returning home.
Please note that, given the unprecedented nature of travel currently, this itinerary is subject to change.
Participants may be subject to additional expenses related to entry requirements to your destination and/or re-entry to your home country. Global Works does not cover these expenses. Additional costs may include, but are not limited to, COVID tests, insurance, or other. See our Covid-19 FAQ’s for more information. The most up to date requirements can be found via links on your login page on the Flight and Travel Day Instruction form after enrollment.
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.
We stay in our own private lodging just blocks from a gorgeous beach! Our house can hold 3-5 students her room with ample space for group meetings and activities.
We spend 2 nights tucked away in the tropical rainforest. We will be the only group working here and will sleep in large bunk houses. Home cooked meals will be provided in this serene environment.
The final evening is spent at a small, locally run hotel in Fajardo, a convenient distance from both the beach and the San Juan International airport.