Puerto Rico or "Estado Libre Asociado de Puerto Rico" is a U.S. Territory and will not require a passport for U.S. citizens participating in this OSU Faculty-led program.
This OSU Faculty-led Program will take place during Winter Break 2017.
How do islands work on issues of food security and sustainability? What education, outreach, and marketing is conducted around agriculture and environmental protection to the youth of Puerto Rico? How are issues of food security and “farm to fork” movements affected by the economic crisis in Puerto Rico?
Puerto Rico will be your classroom during the 11 days you’ll be on the island. You’ll get to know more about Puerto Rican history, culture, and natural wonders through hiking tours in El Yunque National Forest, kayaking and snorkeling in protected reefs on Culebra, and meeting rescued and rehabilitated manatees. Tour and experience first-hand the agricultural practices on the island at an aquaculture farm, a dairy, a pineapple and melon production, and university extension and research programs.
In addition to the tours focused on agricultural practices and natural resources, you’ll be fully engaged in two service learning projects during your time in Puerto Rico. One project is a collaboration with the College of Agriculture at the University of Puerto Rico Mayaguez. Together with their agriculture majors, you’ll plan, design, and deliver engaging and interactive agriculture curriculum that teaches K-12 students about Oregon commodities and where their food and fiber come from. The second service learning project will engage you in multiple aspects of ecological restoration, as you delve into designing social media campaigns on coral reef protection. You’ll also work with marine biologiss, non-profits executives, and students on installing iguana-proof urban gardens.
For more information, contact the program leader Dr. Katie Gaebel in the College of Agricultural Sciences.
Cost Estimates: to be confirmed
(includes: lodging, some meals, ground transportation, etc.)
Total Program Cost Estimate: TBC