Even though Puerto Rico is a U.S. territory, Puerto Ricans face challenges that many Americans do not. Over 45% of the population live below the poverty line, making it significantly poorer than the poorest U.S. state of Mississippi. Half of the island relies on food stamps. Many homes are headed by females, and of those families, 61% of them live in poverty. Youths grow up deprived of material security as well as a male role model. Only 11% of the population have a college degree, while 62% fail to complete secondary school – the highest dropout rate in the USA. These low education levels are profoundly linked to unemployment, poverty, and crime issues.
Multiple Cities, Puerto Rico
Jun 11 2016 to Jun 18 2016 Jun 18 2016 to Jun 25 2016 Jun 25 2016 to Jul 02 2016 Jul 09 2016 to Jul 16 2016 Jul 16 2016 to Jul 23 2016 Jul 23 2016 to Jul 30 2016 Jul 30 2016 to Aug 06 2016 Aug 06 2016 to Aug 13 2016 Sep 17 2016 to Sep 24 2016 Sep 24 2016 to Oct 01 2016
Basic landscaping and painting skills.
Here are examples of the types of projects you might be involved with: –Scraping and painting a house for an elderly resident –Sealing a leaky roof for someone without financial means to do it –Volunteering in a botanical garden by doing landscape and debris cleanup Sample Itinerary: Saturday – Arrive into San Juan Luis Muñoz Marin International Airport (SJU); located in San Juan, Puerto Rico, and be transported to your lodging facility Sunday – Attend a local church in the morning. Experience a cultural activity in the afternoon Monday-Tuesday – Begin serving on your project Wednesday – Free day to enjoy Puerto Rico Thursday-Friday – Continue projects Saturday – Return to San Juan for your flight home *Optional pre- or post-trip add-ons available for this location; call Robin for details. Need to Know: –Puerto Rico is a U.S. territory, so passports are not needed to travel there if you are a U.S. citizen. –Fly into the San Juan Airport (SJU). Flights average from $400-$600. –Currency is the U.S. dollar and electricity is the same as it is in the rest of the U.S. –Be up to date on standard vaccines such as Tetanus, Mumps, and Measles. As there are painful, but not fatal, mosquito-borne illnesses present in Puerto Rico, including Dengue Fever, Chikungunya, and the Zika virus, it is recommended to wear bug spray with at least 25% DEET and to reapply often throughout the day and evening. –Spanish and English are both widely spoken throughout Puerto Rico.
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