Due to the current state of the COVID-19 pandemic, we have decided to postpone our entire 2020 domestic mission trip season to next year.
Hurricane Maria devastated the island of Puerto Rico in September 2017. Millions of people were left without electricity, with limited access to clean water, and with damaged homes. While supplies and assistance have been arriving to the island since the hurricane, help will be needed for years to come to rebuild Puerto Rico.
Prior to the hurricane, Group International Mission Trips had strong relationships with mayors and local churches in several municipalities, and never has the time been so right for those strong relationships to shine. We will be working closely with the mayors and the churches to provide much needed assistance to hurricane victims, whether that will be through distributing food and supplies, or identifying which homes are in need of critical repair and providing teams to help with painting, roof repair, debris clean-up, or whatever else is needed.
Because Puerto Rico is a US Territory, you do not need a passport to travel there, and many Puerto Ricans speak English, making it an easy location for first time mission teams to visit. Your team will be lodged in safe and secure facilities with access to electricity and running water, and will be provided with meals and drinking water. We encourage you to link arms with us in helping our friends and fellow US citizens rebuild their homes and their lives.
UPDATE: So far we have mobilized more than 900 volunteers to bring relief to Puerto Rico. Our teams have handed out water and food, cleaned up debris, replaced roofs, and performed general maintenance for residents impacted by the hurricane.
But there is still so much more work to be done! Please consider bringing your heart and hands to our beautiful neighbors in the Caribbean.
For more information about participating in these recovery trips, please call us at 1-970-800-4000. Even if you can't go, you may be able to help in other ways.
Thanks for your ongoing love and compassion for people in Puerto Rico.
Lodging will be at a school, community center, or even a baseball stadium. You will sleep on either bunk beds or air mattresses. We will let you know approximately 2-3 weeks prior to the start of your trip where you will be serving and staying and if you need to bring an air mattress.
On our recovery trips, you might be involved with these types of projects (subject to change):
Because the situation on the ground is constantly changing, we ask that you come with a flexible spirit, ready to serve in any way that is needed.
For the past 10 years, we’ve partnered with the city municipalities of Cayey, Ponce, and others, sending hundreds of people to help elderly and disabled people with home repair and maintenance. We’ll keep partnering with these cities to bring much-needed supplies and recovery in 2020 and beyond. We ask for your continued prayers and support.
Saturday – Arrive at San Juan Luis Muñoz Marin International Airport (SJU); meet your local staff, pick up your rental vehicle(s) and drive to your lodging facility
Sunday – Attend local church in the morning; cultural activity in the afternoon
Monday-Tuesday – Service projects; evening devotions and God Sightings
Wednesday – Free day to enjoy the beach, forest, and/or Old San Juan (ideas provided by our local staff)
Thursday-Friday – Continue service projects; evening devotions and God Sightings
Saturday – Depart for SJU airport; fly home
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Our international trips are family-friendly, so, in most cases, kids can serve along with adults. We require 1 adult (18 years or older) for every 5 youth (17 years or younger). Contact Robin at 970-800-4000 for more location-specific age requirements.
Contact our expert international mission trip advisor, Robin, at 970-800-4000.
Prices do not include airfare from North America. However, in Peru, our price includes the airfare from Lima to Pucallpa and Cusco.
To reserve space on a trip, a non-refundable $100/person deposit is due when you register.
Most meals are covered as part of your registration, except for free days if you're serving in Alaska or Puerto Rico. Please see the detailed itinerary of your international trip for any exceptions.
Most meals will be provided by our ministry partners, who have been carefully trained to prepare safe and nutritious meals for our teams. You will get a taste of local food on all of our trips, and some locations will include American food as well.
While some mission trips are more physically strenuous than others, most international trips will include at least four 8-hour service days in hot and humid environments. Your group can work at the level of physical exertion with which they’re comfortable.
Your international mission trip covers gratuities for meals in restaurants that are included for the week. Gratuities for porters or housekeeping staff if you stay in a hotel during your trip are at your discretion. Airport porters who help with your bags will expect to be tipped $1-$2, and if you participate in a guided tour or fun activity on your free day, you may want to consider tipping your hired guide.
The safety of your group is a top priority for us, as we’re sure it is for you. In all the areas we serve, we take extra precautions to make sure you or your group is as safe as possible. Guided by our local, experienced ministry staff partners, we avoid situations that are inherently dangerous. We’re also proactive by choosing lodging facilities and transportation that are safe and reliable. Our International Mission Trip Advisor is glad to answer further safety questions.
Probably. If you’re looking for a trip specially designed for your group, we may be able to accommodate that for you. We have several trips a year that we custom design for groups, at a date and location that fits their needs. Pricing and availability vary, but if you’re interested in a custom week, contact Robin at firstname.lastname@example.org, or call 1-970-800-4000 for more information.
Our payment policy is designed to give you the most flexibility when reserving your mission trip experience with Group Mission Trips.