Puerto Rico: Alternative Spring Break

Clayton Walton
Clayton WaltonInstructor
Clayton L. Walton has spent the last 19 years designing student development initiatives that challenge participants to intentionally engage their college experience. As the Executive Director of Globally Engaged Experiential Learning and Assistant Professor in the School of Public Affairs and Administration, Clayton promotes a holistic student development philosophy that informs the design and implementation of his coursework, study away programs and co-curricular initiatives.

The ILE initiative to Puerto Rico allows students to examine the inner workings of the community, nonprofit and public organizations facilitating disaster relief efforts in rural communities impacted by Hurricane Maria (2017). The primary goal is to engage various forms of leadership and their approach to implementing community-based services for under-sourced areas.


San Juan, Puerto Rico

Program Dates


Who Can Participate

  • Rutgers undergraduate students who have:
    • completed 12+ credits
    • related coursework
    • approval from the faculty director as well as their advisor
  • Rutgers graduate students

No previous knowledge of Spanish is required in order to apply for this program.

Related Areas of Study

  • Sustainable Energy and Water Rights
  • Community, Nonprofit, and Public Organization Leadership
  • Disaster Relief and Resilience

Important Note: This is not a complete list. We value diverse perspectives in our programs and encourage students from all majors and professions for participate. All program applicants are encouraged to meet with their academic advisor to determine if and how this course may be applied towards their program requirements and degree completion.

Course Code:

Students self-register in Webreg and choose the following course:

  • TBD



Travel and Visa Information:

Passport: Puerto Rico is a U.S. territory therefore no passport is needed to travel. An I.D. card can be used if the passport is not able to be presented.

Pre-Departure Resources:

Center for Disease Control.


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