Puerto Rico Spring Break Trip
Week of April 7th
Join us for our annual service trip to Puerto Rico! We are traveling to the island over the Lake Washington and Northshore School Districts’ Spring Break—the week of April 7th. Over the week we will work in San Juan, the capital and largest city on the island. Puerto Rico is still recovering from the devastation of Hurricane Maria in 2017— we will be working to help rebuilding efforts while growing in our faith and building friendships with one another. This week promises to be a trip unlike any other, so don’t miss out!
Exact dates will depend on group size and flight availability.
Who can come?
All youth currently in grades 9-12 are welcome to join. You do not need to be member of Holy Spirit to come on the trip. There will be limited opportunities for adult leaders, but there is not space for all parents to come along.
These trips can be unpredictable, and we will be spending a lot of time together as a group. Youth will need a flexible, positive attitude, and the desire to spend a lot of time together! If you have any questions about whether or not this trip is right for you, reach out to Danielle and start a conversation—firstname.lastname@example.org or (425) 823-2727 ext. 223.
Why is it over spring break?
Usually our service trips are in the early Summer, but this year we are mixing it up. This year we had the rare combination of Lake Washington and Northshore School Districts having the same Spring Break during the year we travel to an international location. This opened up the possibility of traveling to a location we’ve always wanted to visit, but that has been ruled out due to hurricane season!
What will we be doing?
That’s an excellent question! We will be working with an organization called “youth works” which has facilitated week-long service trips for high schoolers in Puerto Rico for years. They will help us organize the trip so that we are able to help in a way that benefits the community, and also build relationships and learn about the Puerto Rico, systemic poverty, and how we can accompany people walking through difficult times. Because rebuilding efforts are ongoing, we’re not sure what needs will look like in April, but we’re flexible people, and we’re excited to grow and learn together! There will also be some team-bonding time as well. We’ll be deciding on and planning these events together as a group. Everyone will have a say in what we do!
What will it cost?
The trip will cost $2,200 a person BUT HSLC will cover half of those expenses with fundraisers, which means that each participant is responsible for paying $1,100. We understand that this is a big expense, and never want price to be a reason why you don’t participate. We offer a variety of options—including payment plans and scholarships—to any interested youth. Please don’t let price be a reason not to participate!
What about safety on the island?
Hurricane Maria devastated much of Puerto Rico in 2017, however the city of San Juan has been back and welcoming tourists for quite some time now. There is work to be done, but the city is safe, utilities are working well, and Puerto Ricans are excited to welcome tourists and rebuilding teams alike! At HSLC, we take safety and security incredibly seriously, and are confident in San Juan as a location. We have chosen to travel during Spring Break to avoid hurricane season as an extra precaution.
I think I want to come, but I’m not sure.
Trips like this can be a bit intimidating. If you’ve never come on a high school service trip before—or even if you have, but you have questions about this one—I encourage you to make an appointment to meet with me. I like to get to know participants and their families a bit before we go. The more I know about the group before we leave, the more I can do to help everyone have a fun, life-changing experience.
Ok. I know I want to come…what next?
Awesome! I’m so glad you’re coming. The first step is to fill out your online registration. It’s super easy. Just fill out the form below. Next, turn in your $300 deposit to Danielle. You can do this by making a check out to HSLC and dropping it off in the registration slot in the entry of the church, giving it to the office during HSLC office hours, or by mailing it in.