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in the Land of Resilience
Puerto Rico has recently been through a devastating hurricane, an earthquake, and is now dealing with the pandemic together with the rest of the world. Many schools are still dealing with the aftermath of the first two.
We invite you to join GEA to hear the stories of resilience amid the recent catastrophes and be inspired by how Puerto Rican educators have navigated these changes. Participants will have opportunities to have conversations with fellow educators about how to work in less than ideal situations, support each other as educators, and to work towards better social-emotional health in the school environment and beyond.
We will also learn about STEM projects done through public-private partnerships that celebrate the island's ecological diversity and sustainability.
Educators and guests will work directly with Puerto Rican educators in establishing lasting partnerships with local schools and local organizations, while also discovering the rich history and culture of this part of the Caribbean.
Experience the rich history and landscape of Puerto Rico
Learn about STEM projects done through public-private partnerships that highlight sustainability and the island’s ecological diversity
Hear the stories of resilience amid Puerto Rico’s recent catastrophes and have conversations with fellow educators about how support each other as educators to work towards better social-emotional health in the school environment and beyond
Sea kayak adventure over a bioluminescent lagoon
Hike in the El Younque tropical rainforest
Visit with the famous Casa Pueblo community project
Tour of the historical San Juan
Visit to the Cerrales castle in Ponce (and rum distillery)
Food tour of Caribbean delicacies
Main program: June 5th-10th, 2024
THE BEACHSIDE PRE-TRIP
Come join other educators on a post-school year retreat by the Caribbean coast. Enjoy good food in good company as well snorkeling and some optional (add-on) beach side activities including paddle boarding and sailing - or just take advantage of the beach, sun and sea breeze.
Pre-trip: June 4th-5th
All interested educators and administrators are encouraged to apply. Non-educator guests will be considered based on availability. An additional fee of $150 for non-educators will be charged to cover additional expenses.
Beach decompress pre-trip: June 4th-5th
Main program: June 5th-10th
Various communities in Puerto Rico (San Juan, Ponce, Naranjito, Adjuntas, Fajardo)
Main program = $TBA
Beach decompress pre-trip = $TBA
Total price for both = $TBA
Shared accommodations, most meals and program activities (including sightseeing and entrance fees), local transportation.
WHAT’S NOT INCLUDED
International airfare, airport transportation to and from our meeting and ending locations, some meals, travel insurance, add-on or upgrade options that may be selected or any covid-related testing costs.
Priority consideration: January 15st
Final deadline: February 15th (if spaces are still available)
Zoom interviews will be held through late February and all selection decisions will be made by March 1st. A program deposit of $250 (refundable in case of Covid) will be due within one week of acceptance for the main program and $50 for the pre-trip. Program balance must be paid in full by May 1st.
NOTE: Puerto Rico is a US territory and does not require passports for travel
Learn more about travel grants available to teachers!
Elementary school teacher from Naranjito, Puerto Rico
GEA Teacher Fellow
FRANCES RIVERA M.Ed.
Assistant Principal at Ernie Pyle Elementary School in Florida
It’s a new world of travel and GEA is ready to navigate it safely and comfortably with our participants and partners in mind. We believe the benefits of travel outweigh the risks - when appropriately managed. GEA will be doing everything to navigate the situation on all our summer 2022 programs and to help everyone feel secure and comfortable. This means we may sometimes go above and beyond safety protocols in the US and abroad. There are also many ways you can personally manage a safe and happy travel experience and GEA will help remind you along the way.
We reserve the right to change the itinerary in consideration of Covid-19 and other unforeseen circumstances.