2021 Puerto Rico Service Adventure – Session 1
|Travel Dates:||June 18, 2021 - July 2, 2021|
Airfare not included in program tuition
There are two options for payment, including an interest-free installment plan. Follow the option which works best for your family.
Program Tuition: $2,490
Pay in Full
All prices in United States Dollars.
Puerto Rico Service Adventure
Recipe: Start with a picturesque tropical island, sprinkle in perfect white sand beaches and turquoise water, add lush rainforest and bioluminescent bays and stir in islets, rushing rivers, coral reefs and misty mountains. Let sit for centuries, and then mix in indigenous cultures, Spanish explorers, amazing colonial architecture, salsa music, delicious roasted pig and pinchos, a buzzing metropolis, tranquil surf towns, world class museums and art, rum, baseball and a fascinating, yet complication relationship with a super power neighbor. Serve with a short flight, no need for passport or foreign currency and enjoy! Puerto Rico offers the perfect meal to any explorer hungry for a tropical paradise, improving their Spanish with friendly, passionate neighbors and losing themself in the “Land of Enchantment.”
Service Adventures combine local homestays, adventure travel, and meaningful service projects. Students will be truly immersed in our host communities allowing them the time to reflect on their complex and important role as global citizens.
Check out some of the featured experiences of your program!
Practice your Spanish language skills with locals
Relax and unwind on picturesque white sand beaches
Immerse yourself in Puerto Rican culture, food, language, art, history, and nature
Explore el Yunque, the only tropical rain forest in the US National Forest System
Collaborate on a service project in your homestay community
Enjoy a photographic scavenger hunt in San Juan's famous Old Town
We do everything possible to run safe, engaging, and immersive programs for our travelers, but given the unpredictable nature of international travel we must remain flexible in our planning. Changes to a schedule are uncommon but if inclement weather pushes us off course or an unexpected opportunity arises which travelers are excited about, we reserve the right to adjust programming in the best interest of the group.
|1||USA - San Juan, Puerto Rico||Today we will depart home for San Juan, Puerto Rico! Upon arrival in San Juan, we will unpack at our comfortable hotel and have our arrival dinner and first orientation meeting ahead of our upcoming adventure.||Conturce Hostel|
|2||San Juan||We will begin the day with a morning meeting with a Puerto Rican historian to learn more about Old San Juan's arquitecture and Puerto Rico's unique relationship within the US. We will then take time to explore and visit more of San Juan's famous sites including San José Church, La Fortaleza, Cathedral of San Juan Bautista, Capitol Building, Paseo de la Princesa and El Morro, the oldest Spanish fort in the Caribbean. During the afternoon, we will have a photographic scavenger hunt in Old San Juan getting to practice our Spanish skills as we interact with locals trying to cross photos off our lists.||Conturce Hostel|
|3||San Juan/Rio Grande/Luquillo||Today we will head to El Yunque, the only tropical rain forest in the US National Forest System. We will hike through the amazing trail system and explore the swimming holes. In the afternoon, we will visit Balneario La Monserrate in Luquillo, a picturesque white sand beach with calm turquoise water. Once the sun goes down, we will visit Luquillo's famous snack street for dinner.||Conturce Hostel|
|4||San Juan & Host Community||Today we will leave the capital city for the host community, which is a small town in the west mountains of Puerto Rico and is approximately a four hour bus drive. We will have lunch on our way at Frutos de Guacabo Farm, where the group will learn about the farm-to-table movement, tour around the property and have a workshop about goat milk production. After the tour, lunch will be provided using ingredients from the farm. Upon arrival to our host community, we will settle in and have dinner.||Cabins|
|5||Host Community||This morning we will begin service work alongside members of the host community. The project will be chosen by community members based on the needs of the community. After our service project orientation in the morning, we will begin work on the project, which will be finalized a few months before the start date of the trip.||Cabins|
|6||Host Community||Today we will continue service work in the host community. During our free time in the evening, we can organize an activity such as a soccer game together with our new friends from town.||Cabins|
|7||Host Community||Today we will continue our service work within the host community. This evening, we will have our fiesta de despedida (farewell party) with our new friends to celebrate our past few days of service work and friendship.||Cabins|
|8||Host Community & San Juan||This morning we will pack our stuff and leave our host community around midday to return to San Juan and have a quiet evening there. We will eat the dinner in a nearby restaurant.||Conturce Hostel|
|9||San Juan & Piñones||This morning, we will go stand up paddle boarding in the famous Laguna de Condado. We will then head to Balneario de Carolina, an area of beautiful beaches just east of San Juan. In addition to enjoying the perfect beaches, we will dine on Puerto Rico's best pinchos and frituras before returning to our hotel. This evening, we will have our farewell dinner and reflect on our time in Puerto Rico before our departure home tomorrow morning.||Conturce Hostel|
|10||San Juan & Home||Fly home - ¡hasta luego!||Your own bed, eventually|
In order to provide a safe and memorable experience for travelers, we follow strict guidelines when choosing program accommodations. Walking Tree partners with locally-operated, three-star equivalent hotels and guest houses which are centrally located, clean, safe and wifi-enabled.
The hostel is designed for travelers from different places and cultures to share in common spaces, in an atmosphere of fellowship and camaraderie. Located in the heart of urban San Juan, hostel guests have easy access to many cultural places of interest. Free Wi-Fi keeps guests feeling connected at all times. Students will be grouped in their rooms according to gender.
Parador y Area Recreativa Río Cañas
This location boasts a beautiful and relaxing stay among nature. Students will be split into groups among eight cabins according to gender. Each cabin has its own bathroom.
Safety and Support
EASY FUNDRAISING & PAYMENT
24/7 GLOBAL EMERGENCY LINE
HIGHLY VETTED PARTNERS
PRIVATE GROUP GUARANTEE
COMPREHENSIVE CURRICULUM SUPPORT
DEDICATION TO CULTURAL ENGAGEMENT
I thought all in all it was a great experience and wonderful program!! My daughter speaks about her experience daily. She had a ball!!
Parent of Jaylah, traveler on 2017 Program to Costa Rica
Your Adventure Includes
In order to give our travelers the best possible price, we break out airfare from the Program Tuition. We will still handle all booking and ticketing via our flight partner who has access to special fares not available to the general public. You will be invoiced for the flight once we are able to secure the group’s airline contract.
Program Tuition Excludes: Premiere Travel insurance, baggage fees, airline minor fees, passport/visa fees, laundry, souvenirs, and activities not listed on itinerary.
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