Puerto Rico is a remarkably beautiful place with thriving cultural centers, industry, remote protected national parks, and white sand beaches. By Latin American standards, Puerto Rico has the highest GDP per capita; however, its poverty rate is higher than the poorest U.S. state, and the territory struggles with chronically large debt, considerable unemployment, and a high rate of emigration. As a US territory, US corporations find considerable benefits in locating themselves in San Juan, Puerto Rico’s capital, because they incur no federal income taxes in doing so. However, changing these regulations is required for statehood, a longstanding debate in the US federal government and in Puerto Rico. Today, hidden formulas reduce the amount Puerto Ricans can receive in key governmental social service programs such as welfare and Medicaid. Amidst this context provides a valuable and richly complex opportunity to study and understand the implementation of the UN Sustainable Development Goals. Students begin with building their historical understanding of context, before diving into the specific SDGs selected.
Program Dates: August 2nd – August 10th, 2021
Early Bird Pricing: $3,975
Regular Pricing: $4,200
A deposit of $500 is due upon registration, with the balance due June 3rd.
Prices do not include flights. Cancellations made before June 3rd will be refunded 100%. Cancellations made between June 3rd and July 3rd will be refunded 50%. Refunds will not be available for cancellations made after July 3rd.
Students’ have a robust understanding of implementation of the UN Sustainable Development Goals in Puerto Rico; specifically, to what extent the SDGs are tangible to the work of key stakeholders in advancing their achievement.
Puerto Rico is the world’s oldest colony, acquired from Spain in the Spanish-American War in 1898. Today, its inhabitants are US Citizens who are taxed and can serve in the military, but have no representation or voting power in the federal government.
Students tangibly feel that they have a stake and a role in the success of the program and of the experience of their peers.
Lenses of Inquiry
Places and Activities
“I don’t think it is possible to pull a trip like the Amazon and the many activities that you directed without the sense of purpose you have, without your drive for experiential learning for teenagers. All our experiences with the Envoys team were amazing!”— Angela , Traveling Faculty, RoundSquare Colombia 2015
“I could not have been more satisfied with the performance of Envoys throughout the entire process of planning and executing this trip. All Envoys staff demonstrated the utmost professionalism and dedication, as well as knowledge and competence. I am so glad that [we] chose to partner with Envoys!”— Rick S. , Traveling Faculty, Hingham Japan 2015
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