San Juan hotel collaborates with locals to promote voluntourism

Published on : Wednesday, December 27, 2017

SiembraMangle2010bDreamcatcher boutique hotel located in San Juan’s Ocean Park has launched a voluntourism initiative in collaboration with Estancia Verde Luz, a family-owned organic farm in Ciales, Puerto Rico, 40 minutes from San Juan.



This 12 room hotel partners with the organic farms in order to reconstruct the place which was devastated by Hurricane Maria.



The Dreamcatcher, which was spared major damage from Hurricane Maria and is currently open to guests and relief workers.



Now the hotel invites its guests to help rebuild damaged structures at the farm and assist with tasks such as planting, watering and weeding.



Estancia Verde Luz is located next to a river that flooded during the hurricane and wiped out entire crops of fruits, vegetables and greens, marking the sluggish tourism growth in this year. So that with the initiative of voluntourism it can help to regenerate the tourism growth and making the place beautiful like previous.



It is one of the primary farms that Dreamcatcher used to provide the produce for the hotel’s vegan cuisine. In addition to the program of voluntourism where guests can help out on the farm, the hotel’s owners will donate 10% of guests’ stays to benefit Estancia Verde Luz and other local farms.



The owners of this boutique hotel, Sylvia De Marco and Stephan Watts are dedicated to contributing to San Juan’s tourism recovery.



They have also partnered with Puerto Rico Rising, a grassroots fundraising effort to assist the people hurricane devastated Puerto Ricans in need of compassionate and humanitarian aid.




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