Puerto Rico 2018

Puerto Rico

Even though Puerto Rico is a U.S. territory, Puerto Ricans face challenges that many Americans do not. Over 45% of the population live below the poverty line, making it significantly poorer than the poorest U.S. state of Mississippi. Half of the island relies on food stamps. Many homes are headed by females, and of those families, 61% of them live in poverty. Youths grow up deprived of material security as well as a male role model. Only 11% of the population have a college degree, while 62% fail to complete secondary school – the highest dropout rate in the USA. These low education levels are profoundly linked to unemployment, poverty, and crime issues.

When you serve in Puerto Rico with Group International Mission Trips, you’ll have the chance to serve alongside a group of people who are providing Puerto Ricans every opportunity to rise above the circumstances they were born into. This global experience will grow your faith and expand your understanding of the complexity of poverty.

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Date Age Availability Register
Jan 10 2018 to Jan 17 2018 All Ages Open
Mar 10 2018 to Mar 17 2018 All Ages Open
Mar 17 2018 to Mar 24 2018 All Ages Open
Jun 09 2018 to Jun 16 2018 All Ages Open
Jun 16 2018 to Jun 23 2018 All Ages Open
Jun 23 2018 to Jun 30 2018 All Ages Open
Jun 30 2018 to Jul 07 2018 All Ages Open
Jul 14 2018 to Jul 21 2018 All Ages Open
Jul 21 2018 to Jul 28 2018 All Ages Open
Jul 28 2018 to Aug 04 2018 All Ages Open

How You'll Serve

Here are examples of the types of projects you might be involved with:

  • Scraping and painting a house for an elderly resident
  • Sealing a leaky roof for someone without financial means to do it
  • Volunteering in a botanical garden by doing landscape and debris cleanup

Our Partners

We have partnered with local churches and with the city governments in various locations throughout the island, in order to serve the elderly and disabled members of these communities through home repair projects. You will provide much-needed maintenance, yard work, and cleaning to elderly and disabled individuals who can no longer care for their homes effectively on their own. No special skills are needed – just a willing heart to serve!

Sample Itinerary

Saturday – Arrive at San Juan Luis Muñoz Marin International Airport (SJU); 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
Thursday-Friday – Continue service projects; evening devotions and God Sightings
Saturday – Depart for SJU airport; fly home

Need to Know

  • A passport is not required to travel to Puerto Rico if you are a U.S. citizen because Puerto Rico is a U.S. territory.
  • Be up to date on all standard vaccines, such as Tetanus, Mumps, Measles, and Rubella. Hepatitis A vaccine is also recommended. Be sure to bring bug spray (at least 25% DEET) as there are mosquito-borne illnesses present in Puerto Rico, including Dengue Fever, Chikungunya, and the Zika virus.
  • Fly into the San Juan Luis Muñoz Marin International Airport (SJU). Average flight cost is $450-$600.
  • Cost of ground transportation is not included; the cost of your rental vehicle(s) and associated fees (tolls and gas expenses) are your responsibility. 
  • Lodging consists of bunk beds in gender-specific rooms at a retreat center owned by a local church. You must bring bedding and towels. 
  • Currency and electricity are the same as the rest of the U.S.
  • Spanish and English are the primary languages.
  • Bring additional money for souvenirs and free day activities.
Price: $699 per person
Deposit: $100 per person

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Yes! Lifetree Adventures! We have created faith-based trips to many destinations where you stay in a comfortable hotel, serve those in need, and see the local sights and culture. They’re designed for the individual, family, or group that wants to make an impact with their vacation.

Check out our website at Lifetreeadventures.com

Call our expert International Mission Trip advisors at 800-747-2157.

Prices do not include airfare from North America. However, in Peru, our price includes the airfare from Lima to Pucallpa.

To reserve space on a trip, a nonrefundable $100 deposit is due when you register. Final payment is due 60 days before departure. Please visit our website for complete details of our cancellation policy.

All U.S. citizens need a valid passport to enter a foreign country and return to the United States. It must be valid six months beyond your intended stay and have 1-2 blank pages remaining. A passport is not required for trips to Puerto Rico and Alaska. Visas are not required for most trips. For full information, please ask your mission trip planner at time of booking.

Our international trips are family-friendly, so, in most cases, kids can serve along with adults. Contact Robin at 866-595-4906 for more location-specific age requirements. You must have one adult (21 or older) for every five students. If you have both males and females in your group, you must have at least one adult volunteer of each gender.

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.

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.

While some adventures 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.

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. Your 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 ralm@group.com, or call 1-800-747-2157 for more information.

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