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Volunteer in Puerto Rico

Volunteer in Puerto Rico

Discover International Volunteer HQ’s exciting Puerto Rico volunteer abroad program. Choose from a wide range of trusted Puerto Rico volunteer projects, including Youth Support, Environmental Sustainability, NGO Support and Community Development. Volunteer work in Puerto Rico is based in the coastal capital of San Juan. With affordable Program Fees and top rated volunteer projects trusted by over 140,000 travelers, IVHQ is the best volunteer organization in Puerto Rico.

  • 4 meaningful project options available year-round
  • Program Fees from $625 for 1 week
  • Includes airport pick-up, orientation, accommodation and 24/7 in-country support
  • Accommodation is in a dormitory-style hostel

  • Projects based in San Juan, Puerto Rico’s capital and largest city

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Key information

Fully hosted experience from $625
Volunteer from 1 - 12 weeks
Ages 16+ and families
Based in the city of San Juan
Projects align with UN Sustainable Development Goals
Impact driven projects run by locals
B Corporation certified organization
Explore beautiful local beaches

Volunteer opportunities in Puerto Rico

Supports community development

3-5 hours volunteering per day

Program Fees from $625

  • Duration: 1 - 12 weeks
  • Programs start every Monday
  • Based in low-income communities
  • Volunteers aged 18+ and families

A varied project based on helping low income communities any way you can. Tasks can suit your experience and can involve renovations, clean ups and NGO support.

Conserves the environment

3-5 hours volunteering per day

Program Fees from $625

  • Duration: 1 - 12 weeks
  • Programs start every Monday
  • Based with community initiatives
  • Volunteers aged 18+ and families

Take a hands-on role in addressing local challenges that stem from climate change, and implement proactive measures to conserve life on the island. Suitable for hard-working, passionate conservation volunteers.

Supports community development

3-5 hours volunteering per day

Program Fees from $2050

  • Duration: 1 week
  • Only available in July
  • Based in San Juan
  • Volunteers aged 16 and 17

A unique opportunity for 16 and 17 year olds to volunteer in Puerto Rico in the summer. The Teen Volunteer Summer Camp is fully chaperoned and involves an exciting range of community volunteering, cultural activities, sports, Spanish language lessons, and tourism activities.

Supports community development

3-5 hours volunteering per day

Program Fees from $625

  • Duration: 1 - 12 weeks
  • Programs start every Monday
  • Based in community centers and after-school programs
  • Volunteers aged 18+ and families

Help to mentor Puerto Rico’s young people in community centers and after school programs. Assist with homework, playing games and providing a good example to foster positive interactions.

What recent volunteers said about their IVHQ experience

Kameshia Mays
29 May 2024

I feel as if I gained more insight about the country I was volunteering in. The more you know about a country and its citizens the more respect and appreciation you tend to gain. My advice would be to always come opened minded and make the best of your experience.

Samantha Hochstetler
26 Apr 2024

From this experience I have gained so much confidence in myself and loved getting out of my shell in a new routine. For others who might be hesitant about joining I would say do it!! there's only good things that can come out of an amazing experience, don't be scared, have funnnnn!!!!!

Linda Hochstetler
11 Apr 2024

My primary goal for volunteering abroad was to introduce my daughter to other cultures and the joys of giving back by volunteering. I've always wanted to go to Puerto Rico and personally know people from there originally. The ability to "live like a local" was an amazing experience and I never want to travel any other way again. My advice to anyone thinking of joining the Puerto Rico Youth Support program is that they should not let any fears hold them back. Puerto Rico is super safe and the children at the program will make everything worth your time and effort.

Thomas Bernard
03 Nov 2023

My experience was very enriching. I was able to broaden my vision of the world.

Johnnie Hammelman
07 Sep 2023

In both projects, I worked with local people. They shared their culture, their country highlights and problems. It was a good feeling to work with local people so closely. For anyone considering this program, like the saying, just do it! IVHQ will support you and be there if needed.

Emily Pashouwer
14 Jul 2022

It was so important for me to be able to connect with the children and to learn about the culture of Puerto Rico from the locals. If I would have decided to travel to Puerto Rico without volunteering with IVHQ, I would have missed out on the experiences with the local children and adults. It is a beautiful thing to be able to experience life as a local would in order to understand what is important to each individual and the society based on individual and cultural values. At least from my experience, I was greeted by wonderful volunteers as soon as I got to my destination. With the support of the other volunteers, I never felt alone or like I was incapable of doing everything I wanted to do during the experience. This is the perfect opportunity to get out of the culture you are used to and go explore a new one with locals proudly sharing their culture with you. If you want to grow as an independent person, volunteer abroad.


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