Salinas, Puerto Rico

Salinas, Puerto Rico – Thrivent Member Trip

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. In partnership with Thrivent Financial – we are offering a unique opportunity to Live Generously by helping with hurricane recovery efforts in Puerto Rico. Thrivent members will receive a discount on trip expenses.

Prior to the hurricane, Group International Mission Trips had strong relationships with mayors and local churches in several municipalities, and in the aftermath of the hurricane, those relationships have strengthened. 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.

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

For more information about participating in this trip, please call Paul Olson at 1-720-281-2671.

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Date Age Availability Stay Informed Register
Nov 16 2018 to Nov 23 2018 All Ages Available Keep Me Informed

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On this trip you might be involved with these types of projects (subject to change):

  • Help with minor home repair and roof projects
  • Help with debris clearing and residential cleanup
  • Provide help to families and individuals impacted by the hurricanes
  • Assist in other ways as needed

Because this is a trip for Thrivent Member families, the projects will be chosen with a broad age range and skill level in mind. Come with a flexible attitude and a heart to serve.

Basic Itinerary - subject to change

Friday – Arrive at San Juan Luis Muñoz Marin International Airport (SJU); meet your local staff, head to your lodging facility.
Saturday – Culture day – explore Puerto Rico and learn about some of the local history
Sunday - Attend local church in the morning; begin service projects in the afternoon
Monday - Wednesday – Service projects; evening devotions and God Sightings
Thursday –Thanksgiving day – food distribution and outreach
Friday – 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
  • Consult with your doctor on appropriate and recommended vaccines. 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 $500-800/person
  • Lodging will be hotel style – with families staying together in one room. An additional fee will be charged for families needing more than one room, or single occupancy requests
  • Ground transportation is included
  • 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

Who is Group Mission Trips?

Group Mission Trips has been working with and helping communities across the United States and the world since the early 1990s. As the non-profit mission ministry of Group Cares, we work hard to bring meaningful service to the communities we serve. Since our beginning, thousands upon thousands of mission trip participants have racked up millions of volunteer hours serving people in need.

Who are our Puerto Rico partners?

For the past 10 years, we’ve partnered with the city municipalities of Cayey, Salinas, and many others, sending thousands 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 2018 and beyond. We ask for your continued prayers and support.

Thrivent Member Price: $600 per person (Regular $900 per person)
Deposit: See Below
Our payment policy is designed to give you the most flexibility when reserving your mission trip experience with Group Mission Trips.

When you register for a trip, a $100 non-refundable deposit is due per person to reserve your space.
Payments are due and become non-refundable on November 1, 2018.
Registration fees are in U.S. dollars and can be paid by check, money order, or credit card.

If you wish to send a check or money order, please mail to:

Group Mission Trips
760 Whalers Way, Building C, Suite 200
Fort Collins, CO 80525

$600*/person
*Flight not included
Age:
All Ages
Trip Capacity:
25
Shots Required:
No
Passport Required:
No

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