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Better Future for Puerto Rico

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Fourteen years ago, CCI’s Puerto Rico Project began with just 15 dedicated volunteers from the Community College of Baltimore County. 

Over the years, together with our wonderful local partners, we’ve tackled environmental restoration, housing resiliency, childhood education, and community-supported agriculture projects. We’ve stood strong through several hurricanes, earthquakes, school closings, covid shutdowns, and economic challenges, making a significant positive impact on the wellbeing of local communities, families, and on our volunteers.

CC International provides all food, lodging, in country transportation, tools, safety equipment, project coordination and insurance so that your volunteer team can focus on completing projects that address community-supported agriculture, youth and family development, and housing support.

                                                                       We serve you so you can serve the community.

We have done two service trips with Community Collaboration International to Puerto Rico and love the experience. Each day you do different service projects, have transportation to each site, and get to try authentic Puerto Rican cuisines. The CCI team does great at making this a memorable trip for students!” – Alex Whitmore, Assistant Director, Center for Community Engagement, Indiana State University, December 2022 and March 2023

“Our team from Elon University had a wonderful experience serving in Puerto Rico with Community Collaborations International. I really appreciate all the work that went into planning such a meaningful experience. I hope we are able to work together again in the future.” – Andrew Moffa, Assistant Director, Kernodle Center for Civic Life, Elon University, March 2023

About Our Puerto Rico Projects

Housing and Resilience

Housing reconstruction projects in Puerto Rico after Hurricane Maria are crucial for addressing immediate humanitarian needs, promoting community resilience, fostering economic recovery, and building a more sustainable and equitable future for all residents. 

Why is this work important?

“Safe and comfortable housing is essential for the well-being of our older adults. With the challenges Puerto Rico has faced in recent years, many elderly individuals find themselves living in inadequate conditions. Supporting housing rehabilitation projects is an important way to ensure that our seniors can age with dignity and security in their own homes.” says Carmen S. Morales, Director of the Puerto Rico Office for the Elderly Affairs

“The ongoing out-migration of our youth has left a significant gap in our society, making the elderly more vulnerable and in greater need of assistance. Supporting older adults in Puerto Rico is crucial for their well-being and for maintaining the social fabric of our communities.” says Margarita Irizarry, Executive Director of La Asociación Puertorriqueña de Personas Mayores

Youth and Family

Why is this work important?

“In the context of Puerto Rico’s ongoing challenges, providing quality early childhood education is more critical than ever. It’s essential to nurture the cognitive, emotional, and social development of our young children, laying a strong foundation for their future success. Support from volunteers and organizations can make a significant difference in ensuring equitable access to quality early education for all children on the island.” says Jorge A. Casillas, Executive Director of the Association of Early Childhood Education

Community Supported Agriculture and Environment

Engage in activities like working in tree nurseries, conservation and preservation projects in El Yunque National Forest, and assisting in local agriculture to help lower the amount of food imported. All of these projects have a significant positive impact on Puerto Rico’s environment and communities. 
 
Our collective work contributes to environmental sustainability, community resilience, and the well-being of both people and nature. By working together to protect and restore Puerto Rico’s natural resources, volunteers play a vital role in building a more sustainable and resilient future for the island.

Why is this work important?

“Community-supported agriculture is a critical component in addressing food security and promoting sustainable agriculture in Puerto Rico. By investing in local food systems, we can foster stronger communities, increase access to fresh produce, and reduce our dependence on imported goods. Volunteers who contribute to these projects are helping to create a more resilient and self-sufficient Puerto Rico.” says José A. Rivera, Executive Director of the Puerto Rico Farm Bureau

“El Yunque is not only a crucial ecosystem for Puerto Rico, but it’s also a symbol of our rich natural heritage. Restoring and preserving this unique forest is essential for the island’s biodiversity, water resources, and the well-being of our communities. Volunteer efforts play a significant role in helping us achieve these goals and ensure a sustainable future for El Yunque National Forest.” says Carlos M. Rodríguez-Rivera, Forest Supervisor of El Yunque National Forest

“After this experience, my passion for pursuing a career with humanitarian intentions has definitely grown much stronger then I ever could have imagined. I hope to spend more of my life helping people in the way I helped them over this spring break.” Ohio State Volunteer

Puerto Rico Sample 8 Day - Project Plan

Day 1

  • Arrival at Luis Muñoz Marin International Airport pick up 5pm 
  • Transfer to Volunteer Facility
  • Dinner at Volunteer Facility Orientation

Day 2

  • Breakfast at Volunteer Facility
  • Rainforest Trail Maintenance Project
  • Lunch
  • Continue Project
  • Dinner at Volunteer Facility

Day 3

  • Breakfast at Volunteer Facility
  • Housing Improvement Project
  • Lunch
  • Continue Project
  • Dinner at Volunteer Facility

Day 4

  • Breakfast at Volunteer Facility
  • Housing Improvement Project
  • Lunch
  • Continue Project
  • Dinner at Volunteer Facility

Day 5

  • Breakfast at Volunteer Facility
  • Community Agriculture Project
  • Lunch
  • Continue Project
  • Dinner at Volunteer Facility

Day 6

  • Breakfast at Volunteer Facility
  • Onsite Camp Improvement Projects
  • Visit Boys and Girls Club
  • Dinner at Volunteer Facility

Day 7

  • Breakfast at Volunteer Facility
  • Spend the day exploring El Escambrón Beach Coral Reef and learning about Puerto Rico’s history in Old San Juan.
  • Dinner at Volunteer Facility

Day 8

  • Breakfast at Volunteer Facility
  • Prep for Departure
  • Drop at the airport 2 hours before the flight

This is a sample project plan which can be customized to meet the goals of your team.

Project Service Fee

The Project Service Fee of $1187.00 per person is based on seven nights and eight days, and includes all food, lodging, in country transportation, full time volunteer coordinator, project materials, liability insurance, and the educational/recreational activity. Custom Project Plans available.