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ExpoPartners, AIESEC PR Booklet Exchange Participants that are interested in the project ExpoPartners will find in this booklet all the information to know. This booklet was done for the wave of participants of Fall 2012.

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  • cLuquillo Beach, San Juan

    Welcome to Puerto Rico

    Exchange Participant Reception Booklet

  • EP Reception Booklet \\ Page i

    It is a pleasure for us that you are part of AIESEC Puerto Rico through your internship. This opportunity is definitely a product of the excellent efforts you have put into your work. Congratulations!

    For AIESEC Puerto Rico is very important that you have the best experience in this internship. We are working hard to pro-vide you with the best Puerto Rico has to offer. In this book-let youll find information regarding our island and useful tips. If you have any questions, dont hesitate and ask our OC Team!

    We hope you find all the information you need, enjoy the booklet and get pumped up for your soon arrival to the island of enchantment, PUERTO RICO!

    Cant wait to meet you all, Your OC Team

    welcome!

  • EP Reception Booklet \\ page II

    Meet your OC !

    Franoise Latortue

    Jenisa Torres

    Phone

    Email

    francoise.latortue@aiesec.net

    939-717-7227

    Phone

    Email

    jenisa.torres@aiesec.net

    787-942-4821

  • EP Reception Booklet \\ page iii

    Contents

    History.................................................................................. language ....................................................................... Geography ................................................................... Climate ............................................................................... Style & Cost of living ....................... Currency ...................................................................... transportation & Traffic .............. gastronomy ............................................................. entertainment ...................................................... nightlife & Parties ..................................... Shopping ....................................................................... Historic Places ................................................. Holidays & Important Dates ........ VISA Procedures ............................................. Emergency contacts ............................. Important safety tips ........................... closing ............................................................................

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  • EP Reception Booklet \\ page 1

    history The island of Puerto Rico was discovered in 1493 by Christopher Colon in his second trip to America. The original name of the Island was Borinkn, but Colon named it San Juan Bautista. When the Island had it first islander governor, Juan Ponce de Leon, he changed it name to Puerto Rico. For four centuries, Puerto Rico stayed un-der Spain domain with the influence of African culture through the slavery inmigrants. So, puertoricans have a mixture of races and cultures: Indian natives (tanos), Africans and Spanishs. In 1898, Puerto Rico was declared a territory of the United States by one of the agreenments to finished the war between Spain and the United States. At present, Puerto Rico is a North American territory with the the agreenment of Commonwealth

    of Puerto Rico. The residents turned into American citizens by 1917.

    Geographic Even though the island of Puerto Rico is about 100 miles long and 35 miles wide, it offers a wide diversity of topography, flora and fauna! Its shape is almost rec-tangular and it is the smallest and the most eastern island of the Greater Antilles. This island is very mountainous (cover 60%), except in the regional coasts. It offers an as-tonishing variety of nature alternatives such as rain forest, mountain chains, valleys, beaches, caves, oceans and rivers. But dont forget to check out on our smaller islands

    like Vieques, Culebra, Mona and Palomino.

    Language Puerto Rico was governed since the earliest of times by Spain, then in 1989 for Unites States, for these reasons, the oficial language is Spanish and the second languague is English. Puerto Rico is host of many great events and people from all around the world so it is very important to be able to communicate by knowing an-

    other language apart from its own.

  • EP Reception Booklet \\ page 2

    Climate The climate is Tropical Marine with regular temperature of 80F (26C). Puerto Rico enjoys warm and sunny days most of the year. Lightweight clothing is appropriate year-round. The winds, which blow from the East, moderate temperatures and rainfall. In the interior, the temperature fluctuates between 73F and 78F (22C and 25C).

    Rainfall tends to be evenly distributed throughout the year, but doubles during the months from May to October, which, unfortunately, coincides with hurricane season, as falls from November to April, with a driest period from January to April. The north coast gets twice as much rain as the south coast.

    The relative humidity is high, about 80% throughout the year.

    Puerto Ricos cost of living varies between different areas. In the metropolitan area, it is usually more expensive than the rest (rural areas). Compared to the United States, everything costs between 5-20% more. Among the things that are cheaper in Pu-erto Rico are fuel, higher education and universities. As of income taxes, federal income taxes are not paid directly although they have a higher rate of state income tax than in the mainland US. There is a 6% sales tax known as the IVU tax for all, and cities can add from 1-2% tax anywhere.

    As for expenses, they vary depending on your life style and city. Rent can go from as low as $200 USD a month to $800 USD a month. As for mobile phones, in Puerto Rico we have pretty much the same companies as in the mainland US and it can be around $50 USD per month depending if you want roaming service, long distance or not. As of food and groceries, you can spend 150USD to 300USD per month.

    more infohttp://www.topuertorico.org/economy.shtml

    Style & Cost of living

    CurrencyIn Puerto Rico, the U.S. dollar is the official

    currency.

    Coins: 1, 5, 10, 25 (cents) 1 (dollar) Bills: $1, $2, $5, $10, $20, $50, $100, $500, $1,000, $5,000, and $10,000.

    Their main purpose was for bank transfer payments.

    Puerto Ricans refer to the US dollar as Peso.

    Fun fact!

  • Transportation in Puerto Rico includes a system of roads, highways, freeways, airports, ferries (serving Puerto Ricos archipelago), taxis, public mini buses, ports and harbors, and railway systems, offered year-round to a population of approximately 4 million inhabitants. In the metropolitan area, the island counts with a public bus transit system and a metro system called Tren Urbano [Urban Train].

    We also have differentrental companies available for those over 25 years old for those interns that are willing to rent or buy a used car as part of their internship. Some of the bus routes include:

    A-9: Rio Piedras, Ave. Barbosa, Ave. Borinquen, Parada 18 and San Juan

    A-3 : Rio Piedras, Hato Rey, Roosevelt, San Patricio and Catao.

    A-52: Rio Piedras, Villa Nevarez, Centro Medico, Santiago Iglesias, Ave. Los Filtros and Bayamon

    EP Reception Booklet \\ page 3

    Transportation & Traffic

    costsBus: depending on the busline you use, most prices range from .50 to .75 cents. Buses begin their services at 5:30 a.m. and most end their shifts by 9:00pm.

    Urban Train: .75 cents (per trip) Our train system works with a rechargeable card. The minimum amount to add to this card is. therefore .75 cents per transaction. There are other services such as the unlimited usage card that works in a variety of prices and days. Ranges from 1 full service day (5.00 USD) to 90 days (67.50 USD)

    Taxis vary on location and are often quite expensive.Since taxis (cabs) often tend to be so expensive, we encourage you to take it as a last resort. More information visit http://www.dtop.gov.pr/index.asp

    The common translation for bus is autobs but in Puerto Rico we

    call them guagua.

    Pronunciation: goo-ah goo-ah

    Fun fact!

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    GASTRONOMY

    Puerto Rico is a very diversified island, its roots are made of different places like Africa, Spain, U.S., and the Caribbean. Its culinary service its both diverse and unique. You will find all types of food in all types of prices. Theres from sushi to lasagne, from an exquisite filet mignon to fried chicken with rice and beans. There is also lots of fast food very close, probably within a 5 mile radius from each other. You can find different cars of food to, like the chubis or pinchos. It is a very good place to come to try all different types of food, specially the Puerto Rican one. Note: The Puerto Ricans Cook many dish with green bananas (pltanos) or/and rice (arroz).

    popular restaurants- AGUAVIVA: sea side latino cuisne - Al Dente: traditional Sicilian cuisine - Races: traditional Puerto Rican food- Guavate: variety of traditional Puerto Rican food - Tio Danny: Mexican food - Great Taste: Chinese cuisine

    There are many restaurants

    & places to dine at in almost every

    place.

    Our unofficial mascot is a tiny tree frog called coqu, youll hear its unique ko-kee sound just outside your window.

    To the left you can see Kiki Kok, a character from the newest kids book featur-ing our Coqui friend. You can read more at http://idearworks.blogspot.com/

    Fun fact!

  • EP Reception Booklet \\ page 5

    Entertainment The island of Puerto Rico is well known for its warm people, parties and night-life. Our capitol San Juan is the home of some of the most exciting and enjoyable par-ties of the Caribbean. You can indulge yourself hoping in a bar, relaxing at the beach,