"Pureto Rico Service learning changed my life Life!" history, religion and culture, politics. - Marygrove College: Puerto Rico Travel Seminar Past Review

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Study Abroad Programs in Puerto Rico

What did you gain/learn from your experience abroad? Was it worthwhile?
Service learning opportunies such as La Fondita de Jesus soup kitchen. Yes it has changed my future plans, I will now volunteer at my local soup kitchen.

Personal Information

How much international exposure did you have prior to this program? 0-2 weeks

Review Your Program

* Overall educational experience

Academic rigor, intensity, resources, etc.

Equal workload, grading system, teaching methods.

* Host Country Program Administration

On-site administration of your program

I found out that everything can not be learned from reading books. Some lessons in life are learned through experiences. When dealing with personal issue, things that are close and upfront.

* Housing:

How satisfied were you with your living arrangements?

Mostly personal items towels, soap, toilet paper.

* Food:


* Social & Cultural Integration:

How integrated did you feel with the local culture?

Exploring the self-contained, walled city of Old San Juan, dominated by two dramatic fortesses and four centuries of Spanish archtecture World-Class Restaurant, shopping scene of Old San Juan Vieques -Fortin Conde de Marisol Beaches-Swimming, Raices Fountain(Roots) & La Muralla-Sculpture figures depict the Taino, European and African ancestors of modern Puerto Rico La Muralla(City Wall) The Fortress Cobberstone streets Lighthouse IHM Sister's

* Health Care:

How well were health issues addressed during the program?

* Safety:


If you could do it all over again would you choose the same program? Yes


* Money: How easily were you able to live on a student's budget?

(1 = not very easy/$200+ on food & personal expenses/week, 2.5 = $100/week, 5 = very easily/minimal cost)


* Did your program have a foreign language component? Yes
If applicable, to what degree did your living situation aid your language acquisition?

Language acquisition improvement?

1)Study with the Professor 2) Yes did need to use the hostcountry language in everyday interactions 3) About 75% Percentage

Other Program Information

* Where did you live?

Select all that apply

  • Hotel
  • Dorm
* Who did you live with?

Select all that apply

  • Local Students

A Look Back

* What did you like most about the program?
  • Puerto Rican History
  • Gaining a basic understanding of conerstional Spanish.
  • Became aware and introduced to the dynamics of poverty, health issues and enivironmental concerns in Puerto Rico.
* What could be improved?
  • Research to see if gallleries are still in existing.
  • Basics language must be learned
  • Trips on tours should not take longer than 20 minutes to get to. When you have 12 people traveling together.
* What do you know now that you wish you knew before going on this program? The best things in life aren't things