Month Long Gap Program for College Students
Hands On Community Service and Adventure on this College Gap Program!
We are living in unprecedented times, limiting college students from studying abroad and going back to campus. Join Global Works on this month long Gap program to get the most out of your fall and spring semesters! Over these few weeks, discover the hidden wonders of Puerto Rico, engage in impactful home building and environmental service, explore remote tropical beaches by catamaran, and assist in the preservation of tropical rainforest.
*Optional remote learning! Bring your laptop and do your college courses from Puerto Rico.*
We dive into our service work in a nearby village. 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.
Students will also have an opportunity to learn about and work with a non-profit partner dedicated to sustainable forestry projects and habitat conservation in the tropical forests of Puerto Rico.
This program can work for students remote learning or on a Gap semester. We operate out of a private home base where students will have access to plenty of space indoors and outdoors to access to WI-FI. When or if students are not engaged in studying, we will have daily ongoing service projects plus adventure activities on the weekends.
Weekends are for adventure! Excursions each weekend include:
Rock Climbing Clinic: Reach new heights with a two day climbing workshop with our partners at ClimbingLife. 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.
Old San Juan Tour: We enjoy a guided, educational tour of Old San Juan to orient ourselves and learn more about the rich history and culture of the island.
Surf Lessons at Luquillo: We head to Luquillo, where we have two days of surf lessons plus an excursion into El Yunque national park, where we explore the tropical rainforest and hike to a swimming hole.
Catamaran Tour: For 3 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.
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Adventure & Cultural Activities
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.