Puerto Rico Community Service Trip For Teens

Building projects and hands on community service for motivated teens!

Roll up your sleeves for a hands-on service trip and Hurricane Maria relief effort. Home construction service work is the heart of this program, with projects designed for and with local families. Practice Spanish and learn about local customs while working alongside welcoming community members in need. Take a break from projects to relax on the beach and explore the colorful streets of Old San Juan.



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 40 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. Most of our first full day is dedicated to exploring beautiful Old San Juan. 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 in nearby Villa del Río. This close-knit village is comprised of relocated families that are re-building their homes and are thrilled to have students come join them in work. We spend the next four days fixing up homes, and getting to know community members. We take a break one afternoon to visit a tropical rainforest research station and assist in the preservation of Puerto Rico’s endemic plant and animal species. Each late afternoon/ evening, we enjoy group activities such as swimming at local beaches, practicing “La Bomba” dance moves, and participating in various cross-cultural activities.


On our final day, we take an guided hike through the El Yunque tropical rainforest. We enjoy a final, celebratory dinner, providing time for reflections and memories. Punctuating the trip is an evening kayak through the magnificent bio-luminescent bay. On Day 8, we depart from home.

There is no chaperoned group flight from for this program. Airfare is not included in the tuition. We will provide a recommended window of arrival and departure times for the group.

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.

Service Projects

Community Building & Service

Complete home construction projects with families in the community of Villa del Rio

Environmental Restoration & Volunteering

Partner with our friends who operate a non-profit dedicated to sustainable forestry and rainforest enrichment projects

Adventure & Cultural Activities

Bio Luminescent Bay Sea Kayak

Explore historic El Morro and Old San Juan

Beach Adventure




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.


The final evening is spent at a small, locally run hotel in Fajardo, a convenient distance from both the evening kayak excursion and the San Juan International airport.

Reviews & Testimonials

Great itineraries, great trip leaders and great home staff who really care!

- Susan L., Mother of Connor M., Puerto Rico Participant

My Global Works trip was something unique, opened my eyes, and made an important impact on my life.

- Puerto Rico Participant