Puerto Rico Post Maria Rebuild
Give your heart and your hands toward rebuilding hurricane Maria struck Puerto Rico, and experience a slice of paradise at the same time.
Volunteer Vacations in Puerto Rico
It is so close and the need is so great! Join us on our first program in a United States territory in a time of great need. As the world knows, this beautiful archipelago among the Greater Antilles was struck hard by Category 5 hurricane Maria in 2017, the worst natural disaster in its’ recorded history. Over 500 people died, roughly 80% of its agriculture was lost, the island’s power grid was wiped out, 85% of its above ground phone and internet cables, and countless homes were damaged and destroyed. It is going to take years to recover. Puerto Rico needs you. In your free time you will experience some of the natural beauty that have inspired people to vacation here through the ages: its colonial architecture, beautiful beaches, tropical climate (annual average 80 degrees) and warm, friendly people.
VOLUNTEER WORK PROJECT IN PUERTO RICO
Location: Yauco, about 80 miles from San Juan. Currently there is not an issue with access to gas and roads necessary to carry out our work. In this area, about 1300 houses need their roof fully or partially repaired. We have set and initial goal of rebuilding 100, which have been selected and appointed by a grassroots committee created for the purpose. Roofs are being constructed of galvanized zinc or plywood and asphaltic felp and shingles supported by a wooden frame (truss) and measure approximately 1200 square feet each. We have hired local engineers and supervisors to lead and oversee the project. No special skills or languages are necessary though we recommend that volunteers are capable of working in a tropical climate.
How many roofs are completed per project week depends on how many volunteers are registered, how fast they work, any weather conditions that arise and any changes in materials’ availability.
FOOD AND LODGING
Volunteer vacationers to our Puerto Rico program will be housed two to a room in nearby private homes. Single supplement option $265. Breakfasts and dinners will be taken in these homes. Lunches will be provided at the work site. Typical meals are often compared to Spanish, Cuban or Mexican cuisine with its plantains, corn, rice, papaya, tropical fruit, seafood, olive oil and chicken as main ingredients, often with adobo or sofrito spices. Running water and electricity is available, failing a weather event.
Volunteers usually have a couple of hours of planned free time per day, and 3 or 4 planned but optional cultural/leisure activities: some of the world’s most beautiful beaches, cobblestone streets of old Colonial San Juan, Bosque Estatal DE Guanica (Nature Reserve), “Gilligan’s Island,” Volkylandia Volkswagen Museum, local markets and more in this beautiful diverse landscape.
Arranging Your Volunteer Vacation Airfare
You will need to arrange to be at the meet-up point in San Juan by 3:00 pm on the Saturday your program begins. The program ends the following Saturday morning and it takes approximately 1.5 hours to return to San Juan airport. The airport is one of the return drop-off stops our driver will make.
For return flight home, unless they are staying to tour independently a few days afterward, book your return flight for 9:00 am or later on the Saturday the program ends.