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Puerto Rico

December 14-20, 2018


MUNDO returns to the Caribbean to explore more about the histories and legacies of this dynamic U.S. Territory. The experience will feature community service, cultural immersions, and even a trek through an actual rainforest!


  • Students will be able to compare and contrast the preconceptions and realities of Puerto Rican life in terms of tourism, cultural norms, poverty and hunger, and sustainability in economic practices
  • Give examples of differences in cultural perceptions of native Puerto Ricans and those living abroad in the continental United States
  • Discuss how “voluntourism” detracts from the goal of creating sustainable social change



The Puerto Rico experience (December 14-20, 2018) will provide a hands-on look at life in the Caribbean in terms of multicultural histories and legacies as well as the ecological resources represented by the diversity of life found on the Island. The program is designed to take a closer look at how the mixture of many cultures have come together to create an island full of history, resources, and vibrancy!

Highlights of the experience will include tours of major Puerto Rican cities, a tour of the Bioluminescent Bay*, a sampling of local foods during a walking food tour of El Viejo San Juan, service opportunities, a visit to El Yunque Rainforest*, and much more. We will be staying in San Juan, Puerto Rico.

*May be subject to change depending on circumstances 

The Puerto Rico Experience is substance-free (no tobacco, alcohol, etc.) for all participants regardless of age.  


Applicants must submit a completed The Puerto Rico experience 2018” application via the link below by Sunday, September 9th, 2018. Confirmed participants will be informed the week of Monday, September 10th, 2018 and will need to make payments for the experience by the published deadlines.

Application Link:


Cost per participant/staff: $775.00 (On-campus & Off-campus)

Payment will be made via BuckID online (link will be provided to accepted students)

  • First Payment: $400 due on Friday, September 21st, 2018
  • Second Payment: $375 due on Friday, October 5th, 2018

NOTE: Preference will be given to students who are active in MUNDO (weekly meeting attendance, participating in PASS or MUNDO events, etc.) but all students are strongly encouraged to apply.

*No refunds will be provided for cancellations


In addition to payments for the “Puerto Rico Experience 2018”, interested participants MUST complete the following: 

Actively take part in the following MUNDO events:

  • “Estoy Aqui (I Am Here)” – Monday, November 26th, 2018

Highly encouraged, but not required:

  • Complete at least two (2) community service projects (preferably with MUNDO), or 5 hours in service outside of MUNDO (documentation required)
  • STAR HOUSE Service Night – Wednesday, October 3rd, 2018
  • Future service project opportunities will be communicated via email

MUNDO Memories

Check out video from the very first MUNDO Puerto Rico Experience in 2012: