|Location||Caribbean, island between the Caribbean Sea and the North Atlantic Ocean, east of the Dominican Republic|
|Religion||Roman Catholic 85%, Protestant and other 15%|
|Climate||Tropical marine, mild; little seasonal temperature variation|
|Ethnic Groups||White (mostly Spanish origin) 76.2%, Black 6.9%, Asian 0.3%, Amerindian 0.2%, Mixed Race 4.4%, Other 12%|
|Motto||"Joannes Est Nomen Eius" ("John is his name")|
|Group Registration Fee - Not included in participant cost:||
|35+ Hours of Ministry:|
|Safe Drinking Water:|
|Transportation to/from Airport and Ministry Sites:|
|Participation in Local Church Services:|
|Sleeping Accommodations:||Floor-sleeping lodging in a secure church or school in the area||Hotel accommodations|
|Meals:||Homemade Puerto Rican and American meals||Homemade Puerto Rican and American meals|
|Recreation or Local Cultural Experience:|
Prior to the trip you will receive a group leader manual, which includes fundraising ideas, online trip handbooks and resources for participants, promotional materials, and unlimited pre-trip consultations with your trip leader.
Once in Puerto Rico you will receive transportation to and from the airport, transportation to and from ministry sites, three meals a day, purified drinking water, sleeping accommodations, group t-shirts, customizable ministry options, an opportunity to attend local church services, evening worship, prayer, debriefing meetings, and a local sightseeing activity.
Airfare, passport, vaccinations, spending money, offering at church services, construction and/or ministry materials, personal insurance, and optional recreation.
The primary languages spoken in Puerto Rico are Spanish and English.
The people of Puerto Rico are very hospitable and welcoming! The country as a whole is very safe and your PPM trip staff will be with you at all times during your trip.
Indeed there are creatures of this sort in Puerto Rico, being in the tropics and an island. However, taking simple precautions will keep you and your team safe.
PPM will provide all transportation for you and your team during the week via school bus, church bus, or other church vehicle.
PPM will provide all transportation for you and your team during your stay in Puerto Rico. This includes all ministry and recreation outings as well as to the airport.
Please plan on flying into the Luis Munoz Marin International Airport (SJU) in San Juan.
Yes of course! During your stay, all meals will be provided and cooked with clean, safe drinking water.
Yes, during your recreation outings, there will be an opportunity to purchase souvenirs to take home with you.
Local Puerto Rican cuisine, mixed with American-influenced food, will be the main meals served during your trip.
No. Praying Pelican Missions will provide all meals from the time you arrive to the time you depart. You may wish to bring snacks, but all main meals will be provided by us.
Please see our general FAQ page for answers to questions not specific to Puerto Rico
Puerto Rico is an island group that includes the main island of Puerto Rico and other smaller islands. It is located in the northeastern Caribbean Sea, east of the Dominican Republic and west of the US Virgin Islands. Because of its proximity to the United States and the fact that your team does not need passports to travel there, Puerto Rico serves as a perfect first step into the world of international missions.
The climate in Puerto Rico is mild with little seasonal temperature variation. Temperatures typically range from 70-90 degrees F. Days in Puerto Rico are warm and sunny most of the year. The rainy season is May - October, with the northern coast receiving twice as much rain as the southern coast. The relative humidity throughout the year is a high 80%.
Spanish and English are both official languages, with Spanish the primary language. English is taught as a second language in the schools.
Crime in Puerto Rico is generally driven by the drug trade. Puerto Rico is a safe place to visit, but visitors need to take common-sense precautions to protect themselves from thefts or muggings, much as they do in the United States. The people of Puerto Rico, however, are very hospitable and welcoming! The country as a whole is very safe and your PPM trip staff will be with you at all times during your trip.
Tourism is an important component of Puerto Rican economy, as well as industry (pharmaceuticals, electronics, textiles, petrochemicals). The United States dollar (referred to as a "peso") is the form of currency used in Puerto Rico.
Food in Puerto Rico is usually mild and rarely spicy. Plantains and pork, served with rice and beans, are popular dishes. Arroz con pollo (chicken with rice) is the most popular chicken dish.
Basketball enjoys widespread popularity in Puerto Rico. Boxing, baseball, volleyball and soccer are also popular.
Columbus discovered the islands during his 2nd voyage to the New World in 1493. Spanish colonization began in 1508 and in 1898, after 400 years of colonial rule by Spain, Puerto Rico was ceded to the United States as a result of the Spanish-American war. In 1917, Puerto Ricans were granted US citizenship. Puerto Rico is an unincorporated territory of the US.
Religions in Puerto Rico are Catholic (85%), Protestant (8%), non-religious (2.3%) and other (3%). Some islanders are believers in spiritualism or practice Santeria (an Afro-Caribbean belief system from Cuba).