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  • Locations: San Juan, Puerto Rico
  • Program Terms: Spring
  • Restrictions: OSU applicants only.
  • This program is currently not accepting applications.
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There are currently no active application cycles for this program.
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Program Description:


Puerto Rico FLP BrochurePuerto Rico is facing a food crisis that has only been exacerbated by the $780 million losses in agricultural production after this hurricane season. PR will likely depend a 100% on food imports for several months to come. This program provides Oregon State students the opportunity to work with Puerto Rican schools, organizations, and companies to address needs related to K-12 education, nutrition, and school gardens. An intensive service learning spring break, the program will focus on three aspects: building greenhouses for high-need schools; planting culturally-important and educationally-significant plants; and providing curriculum to Puerto Rican teachers and children about agriculture and nutrition.

Before and during the program, you will work with other Oregon State students to plan and build greenhouses and plan, design, and teach agricultural-based curriculum that focuses on sustainable practices. You will also explore how agriculture can help build a more food secure and sustainable Puerto Rico while simultaneously protecting the fragile endemic and native species and ecosystems.

Areas of Study

Students will enroll in AGRI 399: Food Security and Nutrition Education in Puerto Rico (3 cr.)

  1. How does an island culture with less than 1% of its GDP coming from agriculture sustain a population of 3.6 million?
  2. What action is Puerto Rico taking to reduce the amount of imported food?
  3. Can Puerto Rico become more food secure while ensuring protection of native/endemic plants and animals?

  1. Explain how Puerto Rican agricultural practices have been influenced by the history of plantations, colonization, and governmental policies.
  2. Compare and contrast Oregon and Puerto Rican agricultural commodities and approaches.
  3. Create (in collaboration) and deliver relevant agriculture and environmental curriculum.
  4. Evaluate the effectiveness of current sustainable agricultural practices/education in urban areas and provide recommendations for improvement.

STUDENT LEARNING OBJECTIVES – these will be done individually based on your interests and focus. These individual learning objectives will help guide the questions you ask while in Puerto Rico and how you engage with researchers, growers, and educators.


This program is designed for undergraduates and graduates who want to participate in an intensive service learning and cultural engagement opportunity.

Physical requirements include:
  • extensive walking in high humidity and heat
  • students will participate in varying levels of greenhouse construction, so will be digging, lifting, building, bending, carrying heavy objects in high heat and humidity;
  • students will participate in varying levels of planting school/community gardens, so students will be digging, cutting back weeds and grass, kneeling, crouching in high heat and humidity
  • there are opportunities for hiking and swimming

Cost Estimates

Program Cost Estimates

Program Fee $950
Tuition [3 cr. undergraduate or 2 cr. graduate] $579 or $900
Housing Included in Program Fee
Meals (not included in program fee) $50
Accident & Sickness Insurance $18 (approximate)
International Airfare $800
Passport N/A
Books & Supplies $0
In-country transportation & Misc. Expenses $75 (estimate only)
Total Estimated Expenses $2,492 (undergraduate) or $2,813 (graduate)

Additional Info

The Program Leaders are: Katie Gaebel, Wanda Cranell, and Ingrid Arocho.

This program is currently not accepting applications.