TEEN SUMMER COMMUNITY SERVICE, HIKING, SURFING & SNORKELING
- Volunteer in a tropical rainforest
- Work with local children on Vieques Island
- Surf in tropical blue waters
- Kayak in a world famous bioluminescent bay
- Trip Start: San Juan, Puerto Rico
- Trip End: San Juan, Puerto Rico
- Age Range: 14 - 16
- Trip Dates: 6/30-7/12, 7/16-7/28, 8/01-8/13
Tuition: $3295 (airfare not included)
So you want to make a difference this summer? A real, sore-muscled, mud-under-the-nails, dripping-sweat difference? Then pack your sunscreen and join us in sunny Puerto Rico. In this Caribbean paradise you’ll work as a team to repair aging rainforest trails, reforest a coastal wildlife refuge, and engage in a language and culture exchange with local peers and children. Your hard work and good deeds will be rewarded with plenty of adventure, too. You’ll hike, swim, surf and snorkel, and find out why Puerto Rico is known as “La Isla del Encanto ” – “The Island of Enchantment.”
Hacienda Verde, the Cabo Rojo National Wildlife Preserve, & Surfing
We’ll be introduced to our first overseas service project among the cool, rain-forested peaks above the town of Utuado at Hacienda Verde, a private ecological preserve integrating conservation, education, and sustainable development. In this rich ecosystem we’ll repair and maintain hiking trails and lend a needed hand on a variety of other projects. We’ll take time off to explore and hike the rainforest’s fern-covered trails to misty mountaintops and hidden waterfalls. From the Hacienda, we’ll make our way to the Cabo Rojo National Wildlife Refuge in the southwest corner of the island. There, we’ll join U.S. Fish & Wildlife Rangers and help to improve valuable bird habitats by reforesting areas damaged by fire and clear-cut. It’s not all work and no play, however, and we’ll spend a day learning the fundamentals of surfing at one of the sports most fabled beaches in Rincón.
Vieques Island & Old San Juan
Our next stop will be Vieques Island, off of Puerto Rico’s east coast, where we’ll volunteer with a community organization that puts us in direct contact with local teens. Through our community service, we’ll help teach English and even learn a bit of Spanish, too. Kayaking a magical, nighttime paddle in one of the world’s most spectacular bioluminescent bays round out our exciting stay on Vieques. From the island, we’ll close out our amazing adventure with a day of exploration on cobblestoned streets and a festive final dinner in the heart of Old San Juan.