Puerto Rico Info Session Flyer 2019
  • Cost

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    The cost of this trip is currently estimated at $2,200-$2,400.  Financial assistance is available to all students who qualify through the GELF fund.

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  • Financial Assistance

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    Financial assistance for this program is available to all students who qualify thanks to the Jennifer Price Global Education Leadership Fund (GELF).  A financial aid supplement is included at the back of this trip's student application. Please turn the supplement in with your regular application.  The Selection Committee will not review your financial aid request as part of the selection process. If you are accepted to the program, your financial aid request will be speedily considered by the GELF board.

    If you have any questions about filling out the financial aid supplement or about how much aid you might qualify for, please contact Samantha Mandel at samantha_mandel@newton.k12.ma.us.

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  • Contact

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    Katani Sumner, NSHS METCO Counselor: sumnerk@newton.k12.ma.us

    Cynthia Manthei, NSHS Spanish teacher: mantheic@newton.k12.ma.us

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  • Frequency

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    Annual

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  • How to Apply

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    Applications coming to this website very soon!

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  • Tentative Dates of Travel

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    June 23-30, 2019. These dates are tentative pending school approval.

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  • Location

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    San Juan, Puerto Rico

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  • Description

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    Newton Public Schools’  trip to Puerto Rico is a service-oriented program. As such, it has been developed to provide qualified Newton South students with the opportunity to work on meaningful service projects in San Juan, Puerto Rico and environs. Service projects may include sorting, packing, and distributing food for local food banks; assisting with trash clean-up and ecological restoration projects; helping to build homes/rebuild homes in low-income communities that have been impacted by the hurricane; and providing social interaction for seniors not living with their families. There will also be a Spanish language component to the trip in the form of a few Spanish lessons (targeted to beginners and to more advanced levels alike – no Spanish experience is necessary!) Students will also make a documentary about their experience under the tutelage of a multimedia professor from Puerto Rico’s University of the Sacred Heart. Our studies will have a historical lens as we will visit sites of relevance to Puerto Rican history and culture. Sites that we may visit include:

    • Museum of the Indian
    • Museum of the Art and History of Carolina
    • Guided tour of the Capitol
    • Guided tour of La Fortaleza (residence of the governor of Puerto Rico)
    • Guided tour of the 16th century citadel of El Morro

     

    We will have flexibility to select cultural activities & service projects of interest to the group. Students will be expected to do some preparatory work before the trip and participate actively in the learning experience while in Puerto Rico.

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  • Eligibility

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    Students must be freshmen, sophomores, or juniors and have a strong interest in community service and an exemplary disciplinary record. Prior Spanish language experience is not required for this program.

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