While on this Puerto Rico Service and Language tour, students are encouraged to immerse themselves in the local environment, culture and language. Contribute to the community with civic engagement, developing skills in global awareness and social leadership. Join a conservation project among the natural wonders and biodiversity of the rainforests of Puerto Rico to discover how individuals and organizations can make a positive ecological impact. Spanish language practice is enhanced by these service projects and integrated into visits to major museums and cultural landmarks. Deepen cultural awareness and Spanish language skills during a traditional Salsa dancing class, an activity that universally brings people together regardless of where they are from.
Go on a journey of discovery into tropical jungles and see the exotic wildlife of Puerto Rico. Explore the only tropical rainforest within the U.S. National Forest System, El Yunque National Forest, with a guide who knows about the 240 native plants on the island. Kayak through a mangrove forest out onto a bioluminescent bay, where thousands of microscopic organisms make the water sparkle and glow with every oar stroke. Enter Cueva Ventana, guided by a trained biologist through the natural caves full of stalagmites and stalactites to reach the breathtaking view on the other side of the tunnel. Experience the height of outdoor adventures, ziplining above the jungle for a thrilling perspective on the lush, green landscape.
Travel to Puerto Rico and meet up with the Tour Director on arrival in San Juan. Continue to Fajardo to check in to accommodations in time for dinner.
Go on a guided tour into the depths of the only tropical rainforest within the U.S. National Forest System, El Yunque National Forest, which is home to animals and plants that only exist at this destination. Experience the bioluminescence phenomenon of glowing microorganisms that sparkle when the water is stirred on the Bio Bay Kayak Tour.
Get involved in civic engagement and practice Spanish language skills while working with a non-profit organization, focusing on humanitarian activities or an environmental service project.* Travel to Old San Juan for guided sightseeing and language immersion where Spanish history, culture and architecture come to life. See the Spanish fortresses, San Felipe del Morro Fort and El Castillo San Cristobal. View the island’s earliest churches, Convento de Santo Tomás, Iglésia San José and Catedral de San Juan. Experience modern cultural landmarks and language immersion at the Antiguo Casino, El Capitolio and one of San Juan’s major museums.
Explore the Cueva Ventana, guided by a trained biologist to learn the native history of the Taino Indians, see what creatures reside within the cave and take in the breathtaking view of the Río Grande de Arecibo valley. Fly over a Mayan civilization that’s been overtaken by jungle on a zipline adventure with El Mirador Ziplines.
In the morning, get involved in civic engagement and practice Spanish language skills while working with a non-profit organization, focusing on humanitarian activities or an environmental service project.* Spend the afternoon relaxing on the beach at Isla Verde Beach or Ocean Park Beach. Participate in Salsa lessons this evening, learning the basics of the traditional dance from professionals.
After days of discovery, board the plane in San Juan and begin the journey home.
Note: Exact service projects are determined closer to the travel date. Activity options include planting native trees with Para la Naturaleza and repairing local schools with Instituto Nueva Escuela.
On this Puerto Rico adventure, learn about the ecosystems of rainforests, practice language skills and engage in service projects. Journey through the lush rainforests and natural caves, exploring the abundance of biodiversity among the native plants and animals. Develop global awareness and social leadership skills through civic engagement. Discover glowing microorganisms on a kayak tour in a bioluminescent bay, inspiring scientific curiosity and imagination. Practice Spanish language skills while immersed in the culture on visits to museums, sightseeing and in a Salsa dancing class. With a curated curriculum for educators to apply with the program, students are empowered to put their learning into practice before, during and after the trip.
Quality, safe hotels with quad occupancy corresponding to the destination.
All transportation is provided throughout the program.
Airfare covers round-trip flights from major airports.
All meals are provided daily, featuring local cuisine.
Interactive learning experiences designed to expand educational and career goals.
Scheduled activities, experiences and guided tours are all included.
Full-time Tour Directors are on site for the duration of the trip, for an all-inclusive experience.
Customized experiences developed by travel experts to promote learning and engagement.
Tips for bus drivers, guides, Tour Directors and meals.
International travel insurance is provided for protection in case of accidents, illness, flight interruptions or baggage loss.
Advanced student security software that integrates geofencing, logistics, communication and more optimized safety features.
Dedicated 24/7 staff availability, supporting students every step of the way.
Experience understands there is a growing concern over the COVID-19 outbreak and travel. We are attentively monitoring the situation and following updates from the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), the World Health Organization (WHO) and the U.S. Department of State.
Public health authorities are focusing on prevention efforts and actively testing anyone whose symptoms are compatible with COVID-19. It is important to note that for travel and community settings, the CDC reports a low risk of exposure for those who are in the same environment for a prolonged period of time and without close contact as someone with laboratory-confirmed COVID-19. Learn more about the CDC Exposure Risk Categories.
To alleviate any uncertainty, Experience is implementing an Upcoming and Future Travel Policy for 2020. This policy allows our programs to adjust their travel dates and plans to provide more flexibility for travelers and relieve any immediate concerns. As the situation evolves, we will remain in contact with group leaders to keep them informed and adjust any travel plans as needed. We want to assure all group leaders, parents and travelers that we will not send programs to destinations that are deemed unsafe by the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), the World Health Organization (WHO) or the U.S. Department of State. The health and safety of our travelers is of the utmost importance and always a main concern on our educational tours. We will continue to stay informed and safely navigate the situation.