Last August we launched EF Explore America’s brand new Service Learning itineraries. Our very first group traveled to Puerto Rico in February 2019. They collaborated with a handful of our partner NGOs and non-profits on conservation initiatives including a beach clean-up and planting & maintaining growing mangroves on a local reserve. They made mofongo, swam in a bioluminescent bay, sang karaoke on the bus, and danced salsa! Now it’s your turn to explore PR — here’s what you need to know before hopping on the plane:
Weather: Puerto Rico’s climate is classified as ‘tropical rainforest’ with an average temperature of 82 °F. The rainy season is from April-November, though it’s typical to experience rain showers at some point throughout the day even in the dry season.
Language(s): Spanish & English are the official languages, though Spanish is preferred
Currency: $ U.S. Dollar
Cash or card: It’s easy to use both!
How much $ to bring per day: $20
Bathrooms: If you see a trash bin next to the toilet, throw your toilet paper into the bin and not the toilet bowl, otherwise you risk clogging it. The island’s sewage system is not always equipped to handle toilet paper.
For your Service Projects:
For when you’re not on the project sites:
Food & Drink
You HAVE to try:
Total spent on souvenirs: $30-$50
Best cheap/free thing to do: Peruse the street art of the Santurce neighborhood. The murals are vibrant and are part of an urban art festival called “Los Muros Hablan” or “The Walls Speak”
Pro Tip: If you get motion sick, bring non-drowsy Dramamine for the bus rides
Advice: Be curious! Ask questions. Talk to your Tour Director, the people at your service projects and other locals. Some of the best memories are made when you take a moment to pause and learn about someone else’s story.