Puerto Rico 2018

Puerto Rico

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 with 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.

For more information about participating in these recovery trips, please call us at 1-800-747-2157. If you can’t go, you can help in other ways.

Thanks for your ongoing love and compassion for people in Puerto Rico.

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Date Age Availability Register
Jan 10 2018 to Jan 17 2018 All Ages Open 1-800-747-2157
Mar 10 2018 to Mar 17 2018 All Ages Open
Mar 17 2018 to Mar 24 2018 All Ages Open
Jun 02 2018 to Jun 09 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 Please Call 1-800-747-2157
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

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Date Price Age Trip Type  
Dec 27 2017 to Jan 03 2018 $699 All Ages International

How You'll Serve

On our recovery trips, you might be involved with these types of projects (subject to change):

  • Help rebuild homes and other structures.
  • Clear debris.
  • Provide help to families and individuals impacted by the hurricanes.
  • Assist in other ways as needed.

Our Partners

For the past 10 years, we’ve partnered with the city municipalities of Cayey and Ponce, sending hundreds of people to help elderly and disabled people with home repair. We’ll keep partnering with these cities to bring much-needed supplies and recovery in 2018 and beyond. We ask for your continued prayers and support.

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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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.

$699*/person
*Flight not included
Price:
$699*
Age:
All Ages
Trip Capacity:
70
Shots Required:
Yes
Passport Required:
No

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