Volunteer in Puerto Rico
Are you keen to make a difference and wondering how you can volunteer in Puerto Rico? Find structured, free & low cost volunteer opportunities in Puerto Rico with international and local charities, NGO's, non-profit organisations and animal sanctuaries.
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
- 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
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.