San Juan, Puerto Rico Project Center

Puerto Rico Project Center
Current Director(s): 
Program Term(s): 
B-Term during late fall
Project Opportunities: 
Project preparation: 
Welcome, travel, and pre-departure orientations; project proposal and research plan coursework; cultural experience preparations

Location and Culture:

San Juan, Puerto Rico offers students the opportunity to be immersed in a blend of Spanish and North American culture found nowhere else in the world. The project center is located in a large metropolitan area close to El Yunque National Forest, white sand beaches, the historic El Morro Spanish fortress, Arecibo Observatory, and more. Average temperatures in November range from 75°F to 86°F. 

Housing and Meals:

WPI students will stay in double-occupancy, hotel-style accommodations in the Miramar neighborhood of San Juan. Accommodation type and location are subject to change without notice and will be confirmed the term prior to departure.

Puerto Rican cuisine has its roots in the cooking traditions and practices of Europe (mostly Spain), Africa, and the native Taínos. Ingredients vary greatly and often include rice and a variety of beans, corn, fruits, starches, meats, and spices. Students should inform their advisor of any health concerns, dietary restrictions, or allergies in advance of participation in this program.

Past Projects:

Past students at the San Juan, Puerto Rico Project Center have:

  • Evaluated the feasibility of establishing a composting facility in the Cantera community
  • Identified sources of funding for a lifeguard program to reduce the drowning rate at Puerto Rican beaches
  • Investigated ways to improve environmental efficiency and sustainability of a junior high school building