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Volunteer Summer Camp for Independent Teens in Puerto Rico

Volunteer Summer Camp for Independent Teens in Puerto Rico

Are you 16 or 17 years old and looking to make a meaningful impact in Puerto Rico this summer? International Volunteer HQ’s Summer Service-Learning Program for teen volunteers offers a great introduction to independent travel and service-learning for teens. Teens have the opportunity to participate in July to learn about the beauty of Puerto Rico while also volunteering with local community organizations. This program will allow teen volunteers to fully immerse themselves in the history and culture of Puerto Rico while also volunteering, hiking, kayaking, swimming and exploring their way through the island.

Highlights:
  • Only available in July
  • Affordable fees from £1732 for 1 week
  • Includes accommodation, airport pick up, orientation and 24/7 support
  • Get involved in community volunteering and cultural and educational activities

  • Discover Puerto Rico’s rich culture and people

  • Stay at a camp and retreat center in the peaceful hills with your chaperone and local staff

Key information

Support local communities
Based in San Juan
Local camp accommodation
Volunteers aged 16 and 17
Fully hosted experience from £1732 for 1 week
Set duration of 1 week
Educational & cultural activities included
Up to 5 hours volunteering a day

This program is ideal for:

16 and 17 year old volunteers who want to learn more about the impact of volunteering, practice their Spanish, experience a different culture, and make new friends during the summer holidays!
Who is this program suited to?

What to expect and how you'll make an impact

The Teen Volunteer Summer Camp is a fantastic introduction to travel, service-learning and the various types of community projects available to solo volunteers aged 16 and 17 and it is fully chaperoned.

On weekday mornings, volunteers work with a variety of different community organizations on different issues in Puerto Rico. During weekday afternoons and evenings planned activities include tours around the city, historical site visits, hiking, kayaking, community speakers, game nights, movie nights, and more.

The Teen Volunteer Camp has two available start dates in 2024, July 8, 2024 and July 22, 2024.

What’s included:

  • Counselors 24/7; 8:1 student-counselor ratio
  • Airport pick-up and drop-off
  • Program and safety orientation
  • Dorm style accommodations
  • Breakfast, lunch, dinner, 7 days/week
  • All tours and social activities
  • Private transportation to/from all activities WiFi
  • Emergency contact number 24/7

Why do Volunteer Summer Camp for Independent Teens volunteering in San Juan with IVHQ?

When you volunteer as a teen in Puerto Rico, you’ll be adding value to the local community, while also developing personally and professionally by:

  • Contributing to community-driven volunteer projects
  • Learning about the unique cultural history
  • Developing your communication skills
  • Immersing yourself in Puerto Rico’s culture, food, history
  • Connecting with local people in an authentic way
  • Discovering Puerto Rico’s beautiful beaches, national parks and cities

Volunteer requirements

  • Volunteers aged 16 or 17 on their program start date are required to provide IVHQ with parental consent in order to participate on the program, and may be asked to provide additional document to the local team.
  • Independent volunteers aged 16 and 17 can join this project for 1 week, depending on the start date selected
  • Volunteers must provide two character reference letters in lieu of a background check
  • All volunteers are required to have adequate volunteer travel insurance
  • All volunteers must speak fluent English
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What recent volunteers said about their IVHQ experience

LH
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.

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TB
Thomas Bernard
03 Nov 2023

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

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JH
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.

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FA
Fatmah Almoumen
23 Aug 2023

Once in a lifetime experience to get to know the culture, country, and community! You will never regret not participating (if anything, I regret not staying longer).

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EP
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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Location

The Summer Program for Teens in Puerto Rico is based in San Juan. The capital of Puerto Rico, San Juan, is the second oldest city in the entire Western Hemisphere and our launching pad for the rest of the island. Puerto Rico’s rich culture is on display throughout San Juan, from its famous food, to beautiful murals, and lively music San Juan has everything to offer to its visitors. Furthermore, it sits on the coast of the Caribbean and is surrounded by coastal beautification and beaches for everyone to enjoy. There are numerous museums, historical sites, shopping centers, beaches, parks, and nightlife. It’s also a great place to connect with nature on a hike or bioluminescent kayaking tour due to its unique geographical location and makeup.

Arrival and orientation

The Volunteer Summer Camp for Independent Teens project is only available for the week starting July 8, 2024 and July 22, 2024.

After you have registered for the program, please book your flights to arrive at Luis Muñoz Marin International Airport (SJU) in San Juan. When you arrive, you will be greeted at the airport by a member of the local team and taken to the volunteer accommodation in San Juan. This is included in your Program Fee. We recommend that participants under the age of 18 travel internationally with a notarized letter from their parents to support their documentation. If you are traveling in Puerto Rico prior to your program, the local team will pick you up at your San Juan accommodation the day before your orientation.

Volunteer schedule example

First available option for the year (beginning Monday, 8 July 2024)

Sunday, July 7th Airport pick up, transport to accommodation in San Juan, orientation, dinner with the other volunteers
Monday, July 8th Breakfast, Housing and Homelessness volunteer project, lunch at the project site, walking tour of Old San Juan, dinner out of the accommodation
Tuesday, July 9th Breakfast, Environmental Sustainability volunteer project, lunch at the project site, afternoon at the beach, Hurricane Maria Expert Speaker
Wednesday, July 10 Breakfast, Neighborhood Revitalization volunteer project, lunch at the project site, snorkeling with turtles
Thursday, July 11th Breakfast, Education volunteer project, lunch at the project site, historical castle visit
Friday, July 12th Breakfast, El Yunque National Forest Hike, Luqillos beach visit, dinner out of the accommodation, bioluminescent kayaking tour
Saturday, July 13th Breakfast, reflection on the week that’s been, goodbye to departing volunteers, airport drop-off

Second available option for the year (beginning Monday, 22 July 2024)

Sunday, July 21st Airport pick up, transport to accommodation in San Juan, orientation, dinner with the other volunteers
Monday, July 22nd Breakfast, Housing and Homelessness volunteer project, lunch at the project site, walking tour of Old San Juan, dinner out of the accommodation
Tuesday, July 23rd Breakfast, Environmental Sustainability volunteer project, lunch at the project site, afternoon at the beach, Hurricane Maria Expert Speaker
Wednesday,July 24th Breakfast, Neighborhood Revitalization volunteer project, lunch at the project site, snorkeling with turtles
Thursday, July 25th Breakfast, Education volunteer project, lunch at the project site, historical castle visit
Friday, July 26th Breakfast, El Yunque National Forest Hike, Luqillos beach visit, dinner out of the accommodation, bioluminescent kayaking tour
Saturday, July 27th Breakfast, reflection on the week that’s been, goodbye to departing volunteers, airport drop-off

Accommodation and WiFi

Participants are accommodated in shared dorms. You will find living conditions are comfortable and you can expect your accommodation to have electricity, WiFi, drinkable running water and western bathrooms. Rooms are comprised of single and bunk beds and participants typically share a room with 1 - 3 other campers of the same gender and similar age.

Meals

Breakfast is provided at the housing site every day, and all lunches are picked up in the morning with breakfast or catered. Dinner is provided at the housing site or eaten out following activities.

Pricing

  • USD
Duration
Program Fee
Due 30 days before you start, or within 48 hours if you register inside of 30 days. Covers the cost of hosting you.
  • USD
1 week £1732 Equivalent to £247/day
  • Accommodation
  • 24/7 in-country support
  • In-country program orientation
  • Pre-departure support from your Program Manager
  • Airport pick-up
  • Personalised preparation tools, guides and check lists
  • Access to IVHQ’s preferred insurance and flights partners
  • Certificate of International Volunteer Service

Learn more about what's included in your IVHQ Registration Fee and Program Fee.

  • All programs attract a Registration Fee of US$329 (approximately £277) in addition to the Program Fee. This covers all pre-departure support services. IVHQ fees are priced in USD but you may elect to pay in GBP.
  • A 5% international banking fee is added at point of payment.
  • We recommend budgeting between US$100 - $150 per week for spending money if you wish to purchase additional snacks or souvenirs.

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Safety and support with IVHQ

Safety and support

IVHQ follows best practice and industry-leading health and safety procedures, which are regularly reviewed and optimized as part of the B Corporation recertification.

  • All volunteers encouraged to complete our interactive pre-departure training.
  • All local teams trained on best practice volunteer management & First Aid.
  • All IVHQ programs are required to adhere to IVHQ's Risk Management Policy.
  • All volunteers have access to 24/7 in-country support from our local team.
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Essential country information

Capital San Juan
Population 3.68 Million
Languages Spanish, English
Currency US Dollar (USD)
Time zone UTC-04:00

Weather and climate

Puerto Rico has a tropical climate with warm to hot temperatures throughout the year. The average top temperature each day is around 85°F (29°C). Easterly trade winds can cross the island year round. Puerto Rico’s rainy season is from April to November, and the dry season is from December to March. The temperature in San Juan, where our program is based, varies very little throughout the year and can be very humid.

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