Puerto Rico

Adventure with Purpose

april 27–30 | 2018


Pay homage to our legacy of service by stepping your boots on the ground to support Puerto Rico after the devastation of Hurricane Maria.  



APRIL 27–30 | 2018

Puerto Rico

Trip Highlights

Jumpstart Tourism  One of the best ways to fast-track Puerto Rico’s recovery is to contribute to the tourism economy, which accounts for nearly a fifth of all jobs on the island—and for good reason. We’ll swim at gorgeous beaches, wander Old San Juan, and taste the Caribbean's finest at the Bacardi Rum factory!  

Sand, Surf, and Serve-ezas  We’re doing service in style. Join fellow members to play in the Caribbean surf, dive into cool waterfalls, and take a sunset snorkel.  

Boots on the Ground  With the leadership of preeminent nonprofits (including RPCVs!), get involved in areas where Puerto Rico is hard-pressed for help—clearing trails of debris, cleaning beaches and protecting ecology, and providing essential services to locals in need of a helping hand.

Disaster Recovery 101  Learn about our changing global ecosystem that is leading to increased frequency of storms, and the efforts of nonprofits to help impacted communities and environments in need.


Prices are based on double occupancy. Private accommodations are available for a single supplement of $299 for the main program. As a solo traveler, if you prefer, we can also pair you with another traveler (two twin beds, requiring no single supplement, based on availability).


While the touristic elements of the tour are not very strenuous, please note that it can involve the following: somewhat long days, a good amount of walking (including stairs, varied elevations, and uneven surfaces), the sun and potentially hot temperatures. That being said, all individuals participating in volunteer work should be reasonably physically fit and prepared to do the work that is planned for the day, which may include beach clean-ups, trail clearing, or constructions. Some tasks are more physically demanding than others. If you have any medical conditions or other concerns, there will be opportunity for you to make us aware of them during the registration, and then we can determine if the trip is appropriate for you. On the trip, it is important that all participants communicate to the volunteer supervisor any concerns they may have about particular tasks, such as climbing ladders or working with power tools.


  • All activities as listed in the itinerary
  • Accommodations as described in the itinerary
  • Meals as outlined in the itinerary
  • Transportation by private, air-conditioned motor coach as well as transfers for the group as appropriate
  • English speaking guide/interpreter to accompany through the whole touring period
  • Gratuities
  • Optional extension up to 4 weeks partnering with a local NGO. Hotel, transportation, breakfast, lunch, and materials included.


  • Airfare to and from Puerto Rico
  • Expenses of a purely personal nature (including cab fares, laundry and other personal items, room service charges)
  • Transportation of luggage in excess of weight allowance
  • Travel insurance (We strongly advise that each participant arrange for their own travel insurance)
  • Alcoholic beverages
  • Meals not noted in itinerary
  • Medical expenses
  • Costs associated with trip interruption or modification due to weather, travel conditions, political/civil disputes, medical emergencies or other causes beyond our control


What is driving the cost of the trip?

First, the cost of accommodations in Puerto Rico is abnormally high right now. A significant portion of the island's hotel stock was destroyed during Hurricane Maria and much of what remains is being used to house emergency responders, contractors, and other personel supporting recovery efforts. This hotel shortage drives up the price of the limited remaining availability. Secondly, a portion of your ticket price will be supporting local recovery efforts on the ground, including providing financial and in-kind support (e.g. supplies for our volunteer efforts) for the partner organizations that you will come to meet and assist during your time in Puerto Rico. Finally, this trip is a combination of service and tourism, which we call "altourism." We've heard from our partners on the ground (including many RPCVs!) that one of the best ways we can support the recovery of the island is to support the tourism industry (and encourage your friends and family to visit la isla, too!). So while we're there, we'll be experiencing some of the best tourism attractions that Puerto Rico has to offer—and we hope you'll join us!

Who are your partners on the ground?

While in Puerto Rico, we'll be partnering with premier community organizations doing work presently on the island. Some are national nonprofits, while others are local. Some are community initiatives that don't have 501c3 status, but are simply great people doing important work for their communities. The team designing this trip brings two decades of nonprofit and volunteer management experience to the project, including disaster services—and of course, they are RPCVs! They are working closely with partners on the ground (including the NPCA affiliate group Amigos del Cuerpo de Paz de Puerto Rico) to identify the most meaningful and impactful ways our volunteers—each offering their own unique talents—will be able contribute to recovery efforts on the island. We won't be confirming partners until closer to the trip departure, as needs on the ground are changing. We invite you to bring the same "can do, will do" spirit of the Peace Corps to this important effort!


Cancellation by Traveler

The $250 trip deposit is non-refundable.

  • 25% non-refundable 120 days or more prior to departure
  • 50% non-refundable 119 to 90 days prior to departure
  • 75% non-refundable 89 to 60 days prior to departure
  • 100% non-refundable 59 days or less prior to departure

If a traveler leaves the trip for any reason after it has commenced, we are not obligated to make any refunds for unused services. If a travelers fails to join a tour, join it after departure, or leave it prior to its completion, no refund will be made.

Cancellation by Trip Operator - Insider Expeditions (IE)

IE may cancel a trip at any time prior to departure if, due to terrorism, natural disasters, political instability or other external events, it is not viable for us to operate the planned itinerary. If IE cancels the trip, traveler can transfer amounts paid to an alternate departure date or alternatively receive a full refund. In circumstances where the cancellation is due to external events outside our reasonable control, refunds will be less any unrecoverable costs. We are not responsible for any incidental expenses that you may have incurred as a result of your booking including but not limited to visas, vaccinations, travel insurance excess or non-refundable flights.

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full trip price - $1999 ($299 SINGLE SUPPLEMENT)

This trip is coordinated by RPCV Mary Bruce of tour operator Insider Expeditions.

Reservation fee will be credited towards full ticket.



Day 1 - Bienvenidos a Puerto Rico

Join us at the San Juan Airport (SJU) this afternoon. As part of your altruistic journey to the Caribbean, you’ll also have the opportunity to hand-deliver much needed provisions to the island. Right now, local organizations have requested diapers, baby food, batteries, and first aid supplies; we’ll send you an updated list of needed in-kind donations as the trip approaches should you wish to contribute.

We’ll head straight to lunch hosted by a local organization leading recovery efforts. Learn about the effects of the hurricane on local economy and environment—and how our visit this weekend makes a difference. Jump right into our service efforts, supporting local food security initiatives.

From here, we’ll head out for an Old San Juan walking tour. Stroll the narrow streets of this UNESCO World Heritage site, taking in the colorful buildings, the Cathedral of San Juan Bautista, the San Juan Gate and Paseo de La Princesa. Explore recently re-opened shops and cafes along the beautiful tree-lined promenade that dates back to to 1853. Puerto Rico is open for business, and tonight we’ll celebrate over a welcome dinner with rooftop views. We’ll try local specialties like mofongo, a Puerto Rican favorite made of plantains and chorizo.

From here, we’ll explore Old San Juan nightlife, hopping into local bars, listening to latin jazz, and scoping out the local craft beer scene. ¡Salud!

Day 2 - Clearing the Rum Jungle

After enjoying some Caribbean coffee, we’ll head off to our second service project.

The rainforest—and all related tourism activities there—is still closed, which has a major impact on the local economy. To help jumpstart things, we’ll clear trails in the lush jungle so it can reopen for general tourism this spring.

After lunch, we’ll cool off at Juan Diego falls, located in El Yunque National Forest.

Tonight, we’ll head for an exclusive tour of the Bacardi Rum Factory. Awaken your spirit with a rum tasting, where we’ll learn how this business with Cuban roots transformed rum into one of the globe’s most popular drinks!

Enjoy a seaside dinner, perhaps trying a Chichaíto, a cocktail made with passion fruit and sugar cane liquor. From here, we’ll head out for some island dancing to hear reggaeton beats, having originated in Puerto Rico in the late 1990s, and moving oh so despacito under the moonlight!

Check another epic adventure off your bucket list, joining us in an optional journey to a bioluminescent bay. Under the blanket of night sky, we’ll paddle along the edge of the mangrove forest, searching for streaks of light created by the creatures of this lagoon.

Day 3 - Coastal Cleanup and a Catamaran

After we fill up on breakfast, take in the ocean views and slather on the sunscreen; this morning, we’ll head out for a much-needed beach cleanup. Partnering with a local nonprofit dedicated to improving quality of life and public health, we’ll gather debris to restore the island’s waters.

We’ll break for picnic lunch on the beach, learning more about environmental efforts from local experts. Our partnership here is not only supporting the health and habitat of Puerto Rico’s bays and estuaries, but also investing in environment education efforts conducted across the island.

This evening, we’ll celebrate our efforts with a sunset snorkel and catamaran sail. Swim among the coral, searching for sea turtles and schools of blue tang and angelfish. Soak in the sea breeze as you sip your cocktail, taking in the expanse of blue before we had to land for a final celebratory feast!

Tonight, test your new rum expertise and seasoned salsa moves at enjoy our last evening together at a farewell dinner.

Day 4 - Hasta Luego (or not?)

Savor a final breakfast together this morning. Take time to reflect on our constructive weekend together and create messages of hope for local school children as we meet with a nonprofit that supports mental health initiatives after disasters. Before heading to the airport, take a final swim in the Caribbean Sea. Say farewell for now, before heading back to home destinations with new friends and a sense of a weekend well-spent. Or, stay for an optional extension up to 4 weeks partnering with a local NGO. Hotel, transportation, breakfast, lunch, and materials included.


A Note on the Final Itinerary: Itineraries and pricing are subject to change. This particular tour has been designed with specific events in mind, and schedules and availabilities may change in coming months. If any activity or person that is advertised is missed or not available, it will be replaced with an activity or person of equal interest and value. A final itinerary and briefing packet will be ready two weeks before the trip.