Support recovery efforts in Puerto Rico while working alongside community members to rebuild homes that were destroyed by Hurricane Maria. During this 8 day program, participants discover the resilience of the Puerto Rican people and inject hope into the community by building bonds and laying the foundation for the future.
The program begins in San Juan, Puerto Rico where participants take part in orientation and visit Old San Juan - where the colorful, colonial city and its unique history come to life! We head to the Big Yellow House, where we'll be staying together, and start to gel as a group through fun games, activities, and a visit to the beach a couple of blocks away!
The rest of the week, we wake up and make our way to a community that was greatly devastated by Hurricane Maria. Here, we help to rebuild houses and have the expertise of the local community members to teach us the basics of construction and how to work with concrete. In the afternoons, we return to the house and beach to cool off and relax! Evenings are filled with fun activities including a latin dance class and a cook out! One of the days, we take a break from construction work to help with a reforestation project in the south of the island.
On our final day, we celebrate all of our hard work with a visit to El Yunque National Forest, the only tropical rainforest in the U.S. Forest System, and an evening kayak outing to the bioluminescent bay! In the El Yunque, we cool off in a paradise-esque swimming hole while enamored by the surrounding beauty. Our excursion to the bioluminescent bay, leaves us mesmerized with illuminating water everytime our paddle takes a stroke!
The week is jam-packed full of fun and meaningful community service and participants leave with new frienships and a more global perspective.