Process to Volunteer

STEPS TO VOLUNTEER

  1. Recruit 7 to 10 members who can serve from a Saturday to a Saturday
  2. Check the upcoming teams list to make sure there is space for your team on your desired week (when the week is at capacity that will be identified)
  3. Request your travel dates by registering your team
  4. Work with Lucas Endicott on trip details such as airfare, location of service, packing lists and more
  5. Go!
  6. Return and share your story through the PR Portal on Global Church Connect.


COSTS

$60 per person/per night for food and accomodation
$35 per person for $50K insurance through jurisdiction
$400 per work site for a translator (work sites typically have 5 to 8 people, so if you have a group of 10 budget $600 for two translators)
$450 for on the ground transportation for group up to 12 people
$400-$700 for airfare

Example cost for one group of 10 people traveling a Saturday to a Saturday:

$60 x 7= $420 per person for food and housing
$35 for insurance
$60 for translator
$45 for on the ground transport
$500 for airfare 
Total per person: $1,060

Once your group has returned your Registration Skills Form you will receive an invoice from the Methodist Church of Puerto Rico for accommodation, food, transportation, and translator costs.  You may make your check out directly to them: ReHace, Inc. 

 

GUIDELINES

General:

  • Group size: 7 to 10 people
  • Group age: 18 years or older (18 -21 years will need a notarized “power of attorney” and “Permission to travel with someone other than parents” document)  
  • No one under 18 years will be accepted at this time.
  • Each group must have a leader.
  • Team leader will work with Lucas Endicott
    • Lucas Endicott will coordinate with the Methodist Church of PR.
    • The group should be fully coordinated at least two weeks prior to the visit.
    • All communication with the group will be via the leader.
  • All adults must have current Safe Sanctuaries training.
  • Book airline tickets to arrive in SJU before 2 p.m.  This will ensure that your team can catch the later ferries from Fajardo to Vieques to arrive in Vieques the same day.

Travel Documents:

  • Puerto Rico is part of the USA, no passport required for US citizens.
  • Need an official ID – driver’s license or passport.
  • If under age (18-21) need a letter of authorization to travel with an adult other than parents.

Currency:

  • US Dollar

Official Language:

  • Spanish is PR’s first language and English the second. Most people understand English although may not speak it fluently.

Medical:

 

VOLUNTEER GUIDELINES

Culture, Religious, and Local Customs:

All teams will receive a general orientation after arriving at their host site.

DO:

  • Recognize that survivors own their own recovery and have ultimate decision-making regarding their residence.
  • Have confidence that the Methodist Church of Puerto Rico has done a thorough assessment to identify the needs and available resources.
  • Shake hands when greeting someone and when saying good-bye. A kiss on the cheek, or an “abrazo” (hug) is not unusual.
  • Take time for polite conversation; don’t just jump right into “business.”
  • Give gifts only through the local pastor, District Superintendent or Volunteer Coordinator.
  • Learn as much Spanish as you can, and use it every chance you get.
  • Expect to participate in charismatic-style worship.
  • Smile! Smile! Smile!

DON’T:

  • No drinking of alcoholic beverages
  • No smoking
  • No shorts to attend church
  • Do not give money to individuals
  • Please do not make judgements.
  • Do not proselytize.
  • Don’t take pictures of the owners of the house you are working in, except with their permission.
  • Don’t drink untreated water.
  • Don’t wear expensive-looking jewelry and flashy clothes.
  • Don’t smoke or drink alcoholic beverages at any time or place while in Puerto Rico.  Puerto Rican culture in the church context is more conservative.
  • Don’t wear any tight pants or shorts. Long Bermuda-type shorts can be worn at the camp site but NOT to a church service. Long pants for men and skirt/dress or long pants for women should be worn for church activities.
  • DO NOT give gifts to anyone.  Any private of collective gifts should be given through the local pastor or the Puerto Rico Volunteer Coordinator.