How You Can Help in Puerto Rico

Puerto Rico is a Caribbean island and unincorporated U.S. territory. This island is spectacular covering 5,300 square miles with mountains, waterfalls and the stunning El Yunque tropical rainforest. In 2017 Puerto Rico was struck by devestating hurricane Irma and then Hurricane Maria also struck in 2018. The country is still struggling to recover.


Location of Projects

You can find opportunities to help throughout the country including:

  • San Juan
  • Bayamón
  • Carolina
  • Ponce
  • Caguas
  • Guaynabo
  • Mayagüez
  • Trujillo
  • Arecibo
  • Fajardo
  • Rural areas


Best Volunteer Organisations in Puerto Rico

These are organisations offering projects which we recommend:

  • All Hands and Hearts
  • Puerto Rico Renace
  • Habitat for Humanity
  • Para la Naturaleza
  • Ayuda Legal PR
  • Amiericas for Conservation and the Arts
  • Defensa Animal De Rincon
  • IVHQ


Types of Programs

  • Building and construction
  • Community development
  • Disaster relief
  • Education and teaching
  • Sports coaching


Hurricane Relief Volunteer Projects in Puerto Rico

You can play a small role in helping with Hurricane Irma and Maria relief efforts by volunteering. Organisations are working to help build and improve infrastructure.


Short Term Volunteer Opportunities

Some organisations offer short term volunteer opportunities in Puerto Rico for just a day, whilst others require a minimum time requirement.



How to get to Puerto Rico
You can get flights into San Juan from various US cities.

Puerto Rico does have incidents of crime but very few volunteers encounter any problems.

Most volunteer programs are in English although knowing Spanish is a benefit.

Visa & Eligibility
People from all around the world have participanted on volunteer projects in Puerto Rico. If you are a US citizen volunteering in Puerto Rico is very easy, you only need only a government-issued form of photo identification to enter the country. Passports are only required by states that require a passport for any air transportation or if you are arriving from another destination worldwide. 


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