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Puerto Rico Hurricane Relief
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Serve your island neighbors as they continue to recover from natural disasters.
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AGE GROUP:
Sr. High & Up
TRIP SEASON:
Year Round
COST:
$755-825/person (7-Day Trip)

Community Overview

In 2017, Hurricane Maria whipped through the U.S. island territory of Puerto Rico with tornado-level winds, drenching the island with intense flooding, crippling communications, and decimating countless homes. With the whole island affected, the relief and recovery efforts were slow to start and have never reached the massive scale needed to fully recover. Now, despite the initial storm hitting over 3 years ago, Puerto Ricans have also experienced a massive earthquake and many are still trying to recover.

In order to help and encourage this island community who have been through so much, we're continuing to partner with volunteer groups on Puerto Rico relief trips in 2022 and beyond. If you are looking for an opportunity to make a tangible impact on the lives of real people in need, this will be a great trip for your group. Will your team come alongside the people of this often forgotten territory on a 2022 Puerto Rico relief mission trip?

Related Trips: Hurricane Relief Trips to the Bahamas

Click to view EM's Covid Guidelines for Mission Trips

Details & Logistics

Trip Activities & Opportunities

In Puerto Rico we partner with a local organization called Hunger Corp to support teams like you who help families recover from the devastating effects of Hurricane Maria.

Work Projects

Home Repairs: On a standard 7-day trip you may assist local families who have homes that were damaged by Hurricane Maria. These projects consist of essential home repairs such as replacing roofs that were destroyed in the storm. Your team could literally be the difference between whether a family is sleeping under a leaking tarp or in a dry home. Not only will you be meeting a need but you will be bringing hope in the midst of suffering!

Your work in Puerto Rico will be physical manual labor, but there are opportunities for teams of all different skill levels to serve. EM field staff and partners will be available for instruction/oversight, and local skilled workers will be hired to work with your team. That being said if you are able to bring professional contractors or individuals with construction experience that is helpful and it will increase the effectiveness of your team.

Home Building: If you are able to serve on a longer 11-day trip you will have the opportunity to help with a house that EM/Hunger Corp teams will build from the ground up. These houses will be built for families who lost their entire homes, and they are designed by professionals who have engineered them to last through future hurricanes. Depending on the skills of your team you probably won't be able to complete the house within the duration of your trip, but you can expect to see significant progress. You may have the opportunity to start a brand new home or continue work on a home that has already been started by another team. If you are interested in an 11-day trip please indicate this on your interest form.

Outreach Opportunities

Groups that serve in Puerto Rico may also have the opportunity to engage in outreach ministry through food programs and kids ministry. These opportunities will be solidified as it gets closer to your trip.

*Experience Mission works closely with local leaders to identify work projects and ministry opportunities that address authentic needs within the community. We ask that you come with a servant's heart and willingness to adapt to the unique qualities represented in each location. Opportunities can vary significantly from one week to the next. Your team may work at one location or serve at multiple locations each day. Due to the changing needs of our community partners, we cannot confirm your specific activities until your team arrives.

Curious about EM's Covid Guidelines? Check out EM's current guidelines for 2022 Trips

Lodging, Food & Transportation

Lodging

Teams serving in Puerto Rico, will be staying at a ministry house in a gated property. This church is a place of respite after a long, hard day of work. Sleeping Arrangements

You will sleep in a gated property. Sleeping quarters will include multiple rooms and some shared living space. Teams on weeks with over 20 volunteers should be prepared to have some team members sleep on air mattresses.

Showers

Showers will be available where you are staying.

Bathrooms

There will be modern toilet facilities available where you are staying.

Water

There will be drinkable tap water available where you are staying.

Electricity

After Hurricane Maria, most of Puerto Rico was under a blackout. Electricity is mostly stable, but there are times when it goes out. This means that you can expect to have electricity at your lodging facilities without any major issues.

Food

Breakfast and dinner will be provided at the ministry house/church, and you will pack sack lunches to bring with you to work each day. There will be at least one opportunity to enjoy a locally made Puerto Rican meal.

Flights

Please confirm the destination airport for your specific trip with EM Support Staff before booking your tickets!

You as a team are responsible to cover the cost of your round trip airfare to Puerto Rico and should make plans to arrive after lunch on the first day of your selected trip.

Return travel should be arranged with your flight departing before 12pm on the last day of your selected trip. If you have trouble finding flights that fit into this time frame please contact us before booking your tickets to make special arrangements.

PLEASE NOTE: The U.S. Territory of Puerto Rico has specific requirements for all incoming travelers based on COVID-19 vaccination status. Review updated guidance here.

Ground Transportation

Your team's transportation to, from, and while in Puerto Rico is NOT covered. You will need vehicles throughout the entire week to transport your team to various locations for work and ministry.

Passports

Because Puerto Rico is a territory of the United States you do not need a passport to travel to Puerto Rico!

Health & Safety

EM's Health & Safety Plan

Staff Certification
All Summer Staff are certified in First Aid and CPR.

Medical Kits
Medical kits that include first-aid supplies for general accidents and ailments are provided for each site. In international locations, we will also carry a Trauma Kit or First Responder Kit. In these remote locations, we will have medications like Tylenol, Ibuprofen, Benadryl, and Imodium on hand. We make these available to adult team leaders for their sole discretionary use with their team members. EM Staff will not dispense any medications.

Emergency Response Plan
Based on the severity of each emergency, EM has a plan for appropriate response.

- If a team member becomes seriously ill, they will be taken to a local doctor to receive appropriate medical attention and medications. If they are a minor, their Team Leader along with our staff will accompany them to the clinic. If needed, their parents will be contacted. Their recovery will be carefully monitored by our staff.

- If there is an accident that requires a doctor, but is not life-threatening and does not have the potential to cause permanent damage, Experience Mission staff will locate the Team Leader, contact parents or guardians (providing the injured is a minor), and provide safe but quick transportation to a local clinic.

- In the event that an accident occurs which is life-threatening or has the potential for permanent damage, emergency medical care will be secured and arraignments will be made if necessary, to transport the injured person to the United States as quickly as possible providing they are serving in one of our International locations. In our domestic locations, local 9-1-1 services will be contacted immediately. The family will be contacted immediately to assist in guidance for an appropriate response.

All medical care is the sole responsibility of the team member. Experience Mission requires every team member to be covered by domestic medical insurance and recommends that team members traveling abroad carry additional international travel insurance to cover any medical needs their domestic medical insurance may not cover.

Immunizations
As with all mission trips, it is essential that volunteers are up to date on all childhood immunizations. Each volunteer must also have a tetanus shot.

For more information about health concerns and recommended immunizations, you can visit the CDC travelers guide to Puerto Rico. You should consult your local doctor prior to receiving any immunizations.

Curious about EM's Covid Guidelines? Check out EM's current guidelines for 2022 Trips

Registration & Payment

Experience Mission has specific policies regarding team registration and withdrawal. Please refer to the document below for specifics.

View EM's Mission Trip Registration Policy

INDIVIDUALS

All volunteers on this week-long EM mission trip must be part of a team of at least fifteen (15) people, with at least one team member age 21 or older to serve as the Team Leader. Smaller teams of 3 or more may partner alongside a larger group if one is already registered. See "Small Teams Trips" below for available dates. Not part of a group? All young adults ages 18-30 are eligible to apply for EM's IMMERSION program.

Puerto Rico Trip FAQs

What age group can you accommodate in Puerto Rico?
These trips are open for high school age youth and older. Because of the nature of the work there, we are unable to make many exceptions. View all EM mission trips for Jr. High students.

How much do Puerto Rico mission trips cost?
The cost of this trip in 2022 is $825/person. This includes all lodging, food, staffing, and trip-related expenses. Note that all construction projects are generally provided at no cost to families. Your fees help cover this blessing for homeowners.

What seasons do you offer Puerto Rico mission trips?
Trips to Puerto Rico take place in the spring and summer. To see more spring options, check out this list of all available spring break trips.

What will volunteers do on Puerto Rico mission trips?
Ministry in Puerto Rico is specifically focused on home repair and clean up after the devastation caused by Hurricane Maria, but there is also an intentional relational aspect. Teams often work alongside local Puerto Rican volunteers throughout the workweek. Monday through Thursday are intense workdays where you and your teammates could find yourself on a variety of stages of the home-building process, depending on your skill level.

Will we work with children in Puerto Rico?
Because the housing needs are so great in Puerto Rico, we are currently focusing our efforts entirely on construction. There will be various opportunities to engage with local families in the community, and taking breaks to get to know these families (and children) during the workweek is highly encouraged.

What paperwork is required for this mission trip?
Each team member will need to fill out a team member registration form and liability waiver, and all adults are required to pass a background check. Your mission trip support representative will contact you if any other paperwork is required.

Where will my mission team stay in Puerto Rico?
Teams will stay at a guesthouse near work project sites. Your mission trip support representative will be able to provide you with specific details 30 days prior to your trip.

Are meals provided on Puerto Rico mission trips?
Yes! Meals will be provided by Experience Mission staff for the duration of your trip. Because of the limited availability of certain commodities, our ability to accommodate certain dietary restrictions is limited. Please contact the EM mission trip support team to work out a plan for these restrictions.

How does transportation work during Puerto Rico mission trips?
Ground transportation is included for our Puerto Rico trips. Experience Mission community partners will pick your team up at the airport, arrange transportation for all trip-related activities, and return you back to the airport at the end of the week.

What time should I arrive on the first day in Puerto Rico?
Teams are asked to arrive after lunch on the first day of their selected trip and book flights no later than 12pm on the last day to return home. Please let us know if you will not be able to book flights in this timeframe so we can ensure ground transportation for your team.

Can I extend my stay through the weekend?
We are unable to accommodate teams after Friday morning. We encourage teams who are interested in experiencing the tourism options in Puerto Rico to book a hotel and rent vehicles to stay longer. This is a unique and meaningful way to support the once-thriving tourism industry as the locals continue to rebuild.

Will I need a passport for a Puerto Rico mission trip?
No! US citizens only need to show a valid drivers license or state ID. For more information, contact U.S. Customs and Border Protection.

What do I pack for a Puerto Rico mission trip?
A packing list will be available to you once you register for your trip. Generally, be prepared to bring work clothes. All construction tools will be provided to you.

Does EM offer any other disaster relief mission trips?
Yes! EM is also offering relief trips to The Bahamas.

Have more questions about Experience Mission trips? Check out our general FAQs, or call our support team at 888-475-6414.

Upcoming Trip Dates: Puerto Rico Hurricane Relief

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