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Volunteer in Puerto Rico

Want to know how to volunteer in Puerto Rico? With International Volunteer HQ, you can support a wide range of volunteer abroad 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. As the world’s most popular and affordable volunteer travel organisation, IVHQ is proud to be the trusted choice for volunteer opportunities in Puerto Rico.
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Puerto Rico Volunteer Highlights

  • Volunteer work in Puerto Rico is available year-round with programs starting every Monday
  • Meaningful projects include Youth Support, Environmental Sustainability, NGO Support and Community Development
  • Volunteer work is located in San Juan, Puerto Rico’s capital and largest city
  • Accommodation is in a dormitory-style hostel
  • Affordable volunteer program fees from US$590 (approximately £490) for 1 week
  • Program fees include airport pick-up, orientation, accommodation, breakfast and 24/7 support in Puerto Rico
  • Between 5 and 10 volunteers start in Puerto Rico each month

Volunteer opportunities in Puerto Rico

Community Development in San Juan
Volunteer on the Community Development project in Puerto Rico with IVHQ
Supports community development
3-5 hours volunteering per day
Tasks that match your experience
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.
Suited to:
Active volunteers College students Solo travelers Backpackers Families

Community Development in

Puerto Rico is an island of tight-knit neighborhoods, each unique and vibrant in its own way. Each neighborhood also faces unique issues and challenges. One of the best ways to support the communities on the island is from the ground up; by working in an individual neighborhood on its own development efforts and addressing the specific issues it has.

Volunteer duties are fluid, and will depend on the local needs and priorities when you visit. It could involve renovations, painting, clean ups, administration - this is an open project that can also take your skills and interests into account. If you have relevant experience, be sure to mention that on your application so we can ensure your skills are being used to make the biggest difference possible.

Community Development volunteer in Puerto Rico with IVHQ

You can work in local neighborhood organizations, community centers, parks, urban gardens and schools, helping each to improve their local communities.

Volunteer work is often varied and changeable, requiring plenty of initiative and interaction with different stakeholders. The Community Development project is perfect for those who just want to support low income communities any way you can.

This project is one of the best ways to foster positive development and prioritize the needs, voice and choice of the local community.

Project Highlights
What you need to know
  • Affordable fees from £490 for 1 week
  • Help locals working on initiatives to improve their communities
  • Get involved in a number of tasks based on what’s important at the time
  • Suited to enthusiastic volunteers who like working with others on grass-roots projects
  • Volunteer for up to 5 hours per day
Destination Highlights
Puerto Rico at a glance
  • Based in Puerto Rico’s capital city, San Juan
  • Program fees include airport pick-up, orientation, accommodation, daily breakfast and 24/7 in-country support
  • Accommodation in a local hostel
  • Up to 10 volunteers start in Puerto Rico each month
Also available in Puerto Rico
Our project options
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Environmental Sustainability in San Juan
Environmental Sustainability in Puerto Rico with IVHQ
Conserves the environment
3-5 hours volunteering per day
Hands-on volunteer experience
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.
Suited to:
Independent travelers Spring Break Gap year Nature lovers Active volunteers

Environmental Sustainability in

Following Hurricane Maria, the importance of environmental sustainability in Puerto Rico has gained significant exposure and has become a focus across the island. From rising sea levels to natural disasters, the island is working to respond and adapt to climate change and the various challenges that come with it.

As a volunteer on the Environmental Sustainability project, you’ll be on the front line of supporting environmental initiatives to help Puerto Rico work through existing challenges and be as prepared as possible for the future. By assisting local organizations and community members to support both proactive and reactive ways of protecting the natural environment, you’ll help to make Puerto Rico a more sustainable place to live.

Environmental Sustainability volunteer in Puerto Rico with IVHQ

If you want an active role volunteering in conservation, gaining environmental skills and exposure to real life challenges, then this project is perfect for you. You’ll have the chance to get your hands dirty and make a tangible difference to the local environment.

You’ll be volunteering in the field to support coastline, waterway and other habitat conservation efforts. You will also help with environmental education to raise awareness and build understanding around environmental issues within the local community.

Project Highlights
What you need to know
  • Affordable fees from £490 for 1 week
  • Help to conserve Puerto Rico’s natural landscape and combat the effects of climate change
  • Assist with proactive and reactive measures to protect the sustainability of the island
  • Suitable for those who care about the environment and want to help to tackle the challenges of climate change
  • Volunteer for up to 5 hours per day
Destination Highlights
Puerto Rico at a glance
  • Based in Puerto Rico’s capital city, San Juan
  • Program fees include airport pick-up, orientation, accommodation, daily breakfast and 24/7 in-country support
  • Accommodation in a local hostel
  • Up to 10 volunteers start in Puerto Rico each month
Also available in Puerto Rico
Our project options
Community Development Volunteering in Puerto Rico Environmental Sustainability Volunteer Program in Puerto Rico NGO Support Volunteering in San Juan - Puerto Rico Youth Support Volunteer Program in San Juan - Puerto Rico
Other programs you might like
Our programs in Caribbean
Belize Jamaica Puerto Rico All Caribbean
NGO Support in San Juan
Volunteer on the NGO Support project with IVHQ
Supports community development
3-5 hours volunteering per day
Awesome variety of volunteer tasks
Support community-based NGOs working on a range of important initiatives, including long-term redevelopment after Hurricane Maria. Assist in a range of roles, including marketing, fundraising and website development.
Suited to:
Active volunteers Solo travelers Qualified volunteers Spring break College students Gap year

NGO Support in

Local NGOs in Puerto Rico play a pivotal role in the continued progress and revitalisation of the island, especially following Hurricane Maria. Unfortunately, many of these NGOs are understaffed and under-resourced, which limits their ability to achieve their missions.

You can make a real difference in Puerto Rico by supporting these NGOs and helping them to build their capacity, while also honing your own skills and experience.

NGO Support volunteer in Puerto Rico with IVHQ

Your duties will depend on the specific NGO you are placed with, the priority of tasks at the time of your program and your own skills, interests and experience. The needs of local NGOs evolve as their work progresses, therefore enthusiasm, passion and flexibility are essential for a successful and meaningful volunteer experience.

Your tasks can include administration, research, marketing, fundraising, IT support, website development, translation or anything prioritised at your placement at the time.

The NGO Support project in Puerto Rico is ideal for volunteers looking to gain real life experience and insight into the way NGOs operate in developing regions, while sharing and growing your own skills to help further their reach and impact.

Project Highlights
What you need to know
  • Affordable fees from £490 for 1 week
  • Help NGOs working on a range of valuable community initiatives
  • Assist with tasks that can include marketing, research, fundraising, website development and administration
  • Suited to volunteers who are passionate about helping vulnerable people and worthy causes
  • Volunteer for up to 5 hours per day
Destination Highlights
Puerto Rico at a glance
  • Based in Puerto Rico’s capital city, San Juan
  • Program fees include airport pick-up, orientation, accommodation, daily breakfast and 24/7 in-country support
  • Accommodation in a local hostel
  • Up to 10 volunteers start in Puerto Rico each month
Also available in Puerto Rico
Our project options
Community Development Volunteering in Puerto Rico Environmental Sustainability Volunteer Program in Puerto Rico NGO Support Volunteering in San Juan - Puerto Rico Youth Support Volunteer Program in San Juan - Puerto Rico
Other programs you might like
Our programs in Caribbean
Belize Jamaica Puerto Rico All Caribbean
Youth Support in San Juan
Volunteer on the Youth Support project with IVHQ
Supports community development
3-5 hours volunteering per day
Awesome variety of volunteer tasks
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.
Suited to:
Teachers Solo travelers Qualified volunteers Mature volunteers Gap year

Youth Support in

The future of Puerto Rico lies in the hands of its young people - and youth-focused organizations are doing amazing work across the island to build and harness the potential of Puerto Rico’s next generation. Despite being under-resourced, these organizations cater to a large number of young people each day, so they rely heavily on the support of volunteers. As a Youth Support volunteer, you’ll be helping these organizations to provide a variety of opportunities for children and young people, enabling them to thrive.

The Youth Support project in Puerto Rico takes place in community centers, daycare centers and after school programs. Volunteer work is led by local placement staff and your tasks each day will vary depending on your specific placement.

Youth Support volunteer in Puerto Rico with IVHQ

You can expect to be providing personalized attention to young people, mentoring, educational support, tutoring, assistance with running games, sports and workshop activities such as yoga or music. You’ll also assist with general daily operations such as cooking and cleaning.

By volunteering with young people in Puerto Rico, you will have a meaningful impact, while developing your global awareness and opening the minds of children to new cultures and possibilities.

Project Highlights
What you need to know
  • Affordable fees from £490 for 1 week
  • Help to mentor young people by helping with education, playing games and providing a positive example
  • Volunteer in community centers, daycares and after school programs
  • Assist with students that range in age
  • Suited to volunteers interested in helping young people, often from disadvantaged communities
  • Volunteer for up to 5 hours per day
Destination Highlights
Puerto Rico at a glance
  • Based in Puerto Rico’s capital city, San Juan
  • Program fees include airport pick-up, orientation, accommodation, daily breakfast and 24/7 in-country support
  • Accommodation in a local hostel
  • Up to 10 volunteers start in Puerto Rico each month
Also available in Puerto Rico
Our project options
Community Development Volunteering in Puerto Rico Environmental Sustainability Volunteer Program in Puerto Rico NGO Support Volunteering in San Juan - Puerto Rico Youth Support Volunteer Program in San Juan - Puerto Rico
Other programs you might like
Our programs in Caribbean
Belize Jamaica Puerto Rico All Caribbean
  • Most affordable fees - as the world leader in affordable volunteer travel, we’re able to keep our fees low by partnering with a local organisation in Puerto Rico to support meaningful community projects and local employment.
  • Superior support - your experienced IVHQ Program Manager, teamed with our local team in Puerto Rico will ensure you feel supported every step of the way - from planning to volunteering.
  • Responsible projects - we’re dedicated to ensuring that our projects are responsibly run and have sustainable positive impacts that are supporting local needs.
  • Online training - as soon as you register on an IVHQ program, you will gain access to our interactive volunteer training to ensure you’re well prepared for your program.
  • Safety-first - volunteer safety is a top priority for IVHQ and we have clear standards for risk management on each program. You can feel confident that you are placed with trustworthy institutions, organisations and families that have been screened by our local teams.
  • New friendships - as an IVHQer, you’ll always be in the company of friendly locals and like-minded volunteer travellers who will quickly become your life-long friends.
  • Epic weekend adventures - you’ll have your weekends free to explore Puerto Rico with your new-found friends.

How to get started

Pick a destination + project and apply for free
Meet your personal volunteer travel expert
Pay the registration fee to secure your place and upgrade your MyIVHQ account
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