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Education Abroad

Puerto Rico: Service Learning with SUNY

2019 Program Dates & Locations

Various SUNY Institutions will be leading 2-3 week sessions running between early June and mid August. ESF will lead a session from June 9th to June 29th, in the municipality of Yabucoa. ESF students are eligible to appy for any of the sessions but will be given preference for ESF's session.

Application InstructionsSummer Puerto Rico Service Learning Initiative

Apply here 

You will be redirected to SUNY Oswego's site to complete the application. The application deadline is May 6, 2019, however there is a rolling admissions process so please submit your application as soon as possible, and you will be notified if you have been accepted into the program.

Spots are limited!

Please apply as soon as possible. Contact oie@esf.edu with any questions.

If you do not make the application deadline, please still apply as soon as possible. Following the deadline, ongoing rolling admissions will be accepted for subsequent sessions.

    NOTE: Students must be in good standing academically with their university. 

    Once Accepted...

If accepted, you will need to submit a completed International Academic Programs - PR to ESF's Office of International Education, at oie@esf.edu There will also be a required pre-departure webinar.

If not accepted...

Do not worry! ESF is only hosting one of the Puerto Rico sessions and all SUNY students are eligible to apply for other campus sessions as well. We strongly encourage you to apply for these by finding the necessary application requirements on the SUNY Puerto Rico Initiative web site.

About the Program

The governor of New York, Governor Andrew Cuomo, has recently announced the launch of a program called the "New York Stands with Puerto Rico Recovery and Rebuilding Initiative". In partnership with the SUNY Puerto Rico task force, the Governor is asking for SUNY and CUNY students to participate in a service project in Puerto Rico to help rebuild after the devastating hurricane season of 2017. This program will have 10 different two to three week sessions spanning from June - August and will be run through different SUNY schools.

Please note that this program is a hands-on extensive service project. Students should expect this program will require physical work in a difficult environment. If you have questions about the physical or emotional rigor please contact oie@esf.edu.

For more information regarding the Governor's Initiative, please visit here: Initiative Information 

Information Updates

Program Information will be updated on this page when it becomes available. Please contact the Office of International Education at oie@esf.edu for additional questions. 

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Housing/Program Information

ESF's session will be run in sponsorship with All Hands and Hearts, who will work to provide lodging, food, and coordination of all service work at no cost to the students. Other organizations are involved in other sessions, including Heart 9/11 and NECHAMA 

Costs and Expenses

Funding will be available to cover most student costs. Including flight from JFK, housing, some meals, local transportation, students should expect that this program will require some out of pocket costs such as some meals, personal expenses, transporation to the airport. etc. More information will be provided as soon as it is available.