About Puerto Rico: Service Learning in Puerto Rico (SUNY)
SUNY is proud to partner with Governor Andrew Cuomo to offer students a unique and rewarding service learning opportunity to support his NY Stands with Puerto Rico Recovery and Rebuilding Initiative
. New York State is mobilizing students from SUNY and CUNY to work through non-profit organizations that are aiding in the reconstruction and revitalization efforts of communities across the island damaged by hurricanes Irma and Maria.
The first deployment of student volunteers will work through All Hands and Hearts
, a non-profit that is embedded in communities conducting recovery work including debris removal, roof repair, and light construction.
Submitting an application does not guarantee acceptance as space will be limited. However, SUNY will work to place as many remaining applicants in similar service opportunities through additional Non Profit Organizations as they become available. Opportunities will run from mid-June through late-August in two-week sections.
All programs will be hands-on service learning experiences that require physical work in a tropical climate during the summer. Proper precautions and safety measures will be taken, and students will work under the supervision of faculty and staff from SUNY and the partner Non Profit Organizations.
Students selected for service learning programs this summer can expect:
To be eligible for this program, you must:
- Lodging, food, transportation and supervision in Puerto Rico at no cost (any cost for transportation & accommodation to/from NYC-area airport is not included)
- Three credits covered by a SUNY scholarship
- A stipend
- Be available to leave from a New York City-area airport as early as 5 a.m. on your program start date with a return as late as midnight two weeks later (specific timing of each two-week session will be determined by the host Non Profit Organization)
- Be committed to work in Puerto Rico for two consecutive weeks
- Be in good academic standing at your SUNY college or university
- Have the required documentation for domestic travel – examples include a U.S. passport, state-issued driver’s license, state-issued photo identification card, U.S. passport card, US military ID, or a permanent resident card
- Capacity to perform construction-related tasks under the supervision of a trained professional
- Submit an essay describing why this service learning opportunity would be important to you as well as an unofficial Academic Transcript
- Commit to representing SUNY and your institution with professionalism and respect for others while in Puerto Rico
- Do I need an official transcript?
- No. An unofficial transcript is fine.
- Are graduating seniors eligible to apply?
- Yes, though spaces are very limited so we may need to offer continuing students spaces first.
- What if I am in my first semester and don’t have grades?
- In the application when asked to upload a transcript, enter that you are in your first semester and grades will be provided later.
Students selected for this program can expect lodging in Puerto Rico, food, transportation to and from NYC, in country transportation and supervision at no cost.
Students should expect that this program may require some financial costs such as some meals, personal expenses etc.
The flights for this program will depart and return from NYC. Students are responsible for getting themselves to/from NYC and this cost will NOT be covered.
Timeline and Dates
Friday, May 18
– Applications due by 11:59 p.m.
Wednesday, May 23
– Notifications for the first round of placement through All Hands and Hearts
Ongoing rolling admissions for subsequent cohorts
*If you are not selected in the first round of service opportunities through All Hands and Hearts, there will be additional programs identified in the coming days and weeks. Unless withdrawn, all applications will remain valid and will be considered for placement until all available spaces are filled. You will be notified by May 23 if your application was not accepted for the first round. You will then be notified at least two weeks' in advance if your application is accepted for a subsequent round of placements.
The first round of placements will be split into 4 sessions. The sessions are as follows:
-Session 1: June 17 - June 30 (Session 1 will be led by a faculty member from SUNY ESF)
-Session 2: July 1 - July 14 (Session 2 will be led by a faculty member from The College at Brockport)
-Session 3: July 15 - July 28 (Session 3 will be led by a faculty member from SUNY Potsdam)
-Session 4: July 29 - August 11 (Session 4 will be led by a faculty member from SUNY Oswego)
-Additional Programs: Various dates, June 17 - August 26 (Apply to provide availability for other two week service opportunities with additional non-profit organizations)
Students from any campus are welcome to apply to any session. Students are able to apply for more than one session, or apply to "additional projects" to provide summer availability for additional service programs through other non-profit organizations.
Students may be registered for a 3cr course on their home campus or through cross registration. Further information about credits, coursework and registration will be forthcoming.