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Frequently asked questions
- Is Puerto Rico Safe?
- Yes. Puerto Rico is an unincorporated territory of the United States. Because Puerto Rico is a territory, it is under the same laws and guidelines as the US including police forces, fire regulations, EMS training, and medical/dental standards. There are three military bases on the island including a Coast Guard Station 20 minutes from campus.
- Do I need a passport for Puerto Rico?
- Puerto Rico is a “passport free” destination. Puerto Rico is an official U.S. Commonwealth. Traveling to the island is like entering any other state.
- What is medical care like in PR?
- Some of the best doctors in the world practice in Puerto Rico. There are numerous, inexpensive modern diagnostic and lab facilities. Medical and dental care is practiced by US trained and bilingual doctors. Puerto Rico has pharmacies like CVS, Rite Aid and Walgreens should our young adults require medical or clinical prescriptions. Most major insurances are accepted.
- What’s the easiest way to get to PR?
- Aguadilla is the closest airport to Point School. There are several non-stop flights from New York, Orlando, and Ft. Lauderdale to Aguadilla in Puerto Rico.
- Are there lifeguards on the beaches of PR? How safe are the beaches and water in PR?
- No, there are no lifeguards on duty on the beaches of Puerto Rico, however, we have staff who are lifeguard certified and will accompany our young adults in the water if necessary.
- With year-round water temperatures in the 80’s Puerto Rico offers world-class conditions for surfing and diving. We practice progressive water instruction, intended to build skills and competence in the water. Students are not put in positions above their ability level.
- Are there colleges or universities in PR?
- Yes, we have a Memorandum of Agreement with the Inter American University in Aguadilla. This allows us to partner with the University in college coursework and certificate programs. Aguadilla has both Inter American University and University of Puerto Rico campuses.
- Does my son need to be bilingual to attend your program in Puerto Rico?
- No. The wide majority of Puerto Ricans are bilingual and have often lived and worked on the mainland at some time. Our young adults will have the opportunity to learn Spanish through our curriculum though. Our conversational curriculum promotes functionality, confidence, and politeness. You will find most people see visitors/students learning and practicing Spanish as a sign of respect for the local culture.