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Belize

BELIZE!
A FOCUS ON COMMUNITIES, RESEARCH AND SERVICE
Spring Break 2020

This program is currently FULL.


Join
Broward College's 2020 Service Learning program to Belize! Discover the history and cultures of Belize while conducting community-based research and participating in a service-learning project. Explore Mayan temples, learn traditional Garifuna drumming, eat local cuisine, snorkel, and more!


About the Program

​Belize, the only English-speaking country in the heart of Central America. It is a country of many cayes (small islands), inland tropical forests, pristine rivers, ancient Mayan temples and sacred caves. The rich cultures of Belize reflect the diversity of the peoples who call Belize home: Maya, Creole, Garifuna, Mestizo, East Indian, Chinese, Mennonite, and European.  

Participating students will take courses in Belizean history and cultures, train in contemporary research methods, and engage in service-learning.  Students will learn about the local cultures by doing participant-observations and conducting ethnographic interviews in a community-based research project. Students will also volunteer at a local school to improve the aesthetics and interact with local school children as a part of the service-learning project.  Finally, students will visit the ancient Maya site of Lubaantun, explore Garifuna culture through drumming, snorkel nearby Cayes, and discover ancient Maya techniques of chocolate making, among other activities.

Coursework

Students may enroll in one (1) or all courses offered for a total of  3-6 credits*:

  • SYG 2000 Principles of General Sociology (3 credits)**
  • LAH 1004 History of the Two Americas (3 credits)

    *Students should be mindful of the minimum credit hours needed in order to be considered a full/part time student.


**This course satisfies general education - social/behavioral science requirements. Program is open to students of all majors.

Note: All interested students should visit an Academic Advisor prior to applying to a Faculty-led Study Abroad program as to review their class standing, part/full time status, graduation date and how the course(s) offered in the program fit or affect a student’s educational plan.

Eligibility

This program is open for students at least 18 years of age with a 2.5 cumulative GPA or higher.​​ ​Students should be interested in volunteering activities and be willing to perform physical work that might include painting, cleaning, or light construction work, which are all part of the service-learning activities in Belize.

*Participants must receive prior approval from the faculty leaders (Prof. Kaya Hamer-Small & Prof. Kisha King) in order to participate. Please contact them to schedule a brief interview.  

Broward College degree-seeking students will be given priority for application and admission into this program.


All interested students should visit an Academic Advisor prior to applying to a Faculty-led Study Abroad program to review their class standing, part/full-time status, graduation date and how the course(s) offered in the program fit or affect a student’s educational plan.

Dates & Deadlines

TRAVEL DATES: February 29 - March 8, 2020


Deadlines:
Application & deposit - $400 Due: November 1, 2019
Payment 2 - $500 Due: January 10, 2020
Copy of Passport and Physician's Statement Due: January, 20, 2020

Costs & Fees

PROGRAM FEE: $900*

* This program is partially funded by student life fees
 
Costs Included: Airfare, accommodations (4 students per room), main meals while in Belize, scheduled group activities, tour guides, entrance to monuments, ground transportation, international emergency medical insurance.

Costs Not Included:  BC tuition and fees, books & supplies, passport (if required), visa costs (may apply to non-U.S. citizens) additional baggage fees (if required), optional excursions, personal expenses and tipping.
 
 
Payment Deadlines:
Application & Deposit- $400 Due: November 1, 2019
Payment 2/Final payment- $500 Due: January 10, 2020
Passport & Physician’s Statement Due: January 20, 2020


Program deposit and payments: Contact a faculty leaders for instructions on making payments at a BC Cashier's office.

BC degree-seeking students who are looking to defray the program cost should check out the Faculty-Led Travel Grants and the study abroad Scholarships & Funding page regarding grants and scholarship opportunities that may be available to them!

Application & Acceptance Materials

​In order to apply, students must contact faculty leaders Prof. Kaya Hamer-Small or Dean Kisha King via email and participate in a short interview prior to submitting any application paperwork.  Once approved to move ahead with the application, the student will submit the following to the faculty leader:

Program deposit and payments: Contact a faculty leaders for instructions on making payments at a BC Cashier's office.


As part of the application and acceptance process, students must read the student handbook.

Faculty-Leaders
Faculty leaders teach the courses connected to this program and travel with the students abroad. For more information regarding the program, please contact the following faculty leaders:

Professor Kaya Hamer-Small
Sociology/ Behavioral Science
Central Campus 1/154
(954) 201-6592
khamersm@broward.edu


Associate Dean/ Prof. Kisha King
History and Political Science
Central Campus 1/116
(954) 201-6593
kking@broward.edu

Passport & Visa information

Passport​

A passport is an official government document which validates a traveler’s identity and country of citizenship.  Students, regardless of nationality, who are interested in studying abroad MUST have a passport valid for at least 6 months after their return date in order to do so.  For U.S. citizens, information on applying for a passport is available on the U.S. Department of State website.

Visa

A visa, different from a passport, is a government document placed in the individual's passport which authorizes them to request entry into the host country for a limited duration of time for business, pleasure, study, or other.

U.S Citizens are not required to obtain a visa to enter and visit Belize. Non-U.S. citizens should review Belize's visa requirements page or contact the Study Abroad Office for more information about their specific case.


International Students

F-1 international students attending Broward College who are interested in participating in a study abroad program should first speak with a Designated School Official (DSO) through the International Student Services Office to discuss their immigration status and any special circumstances they may need to consider prior to applying for the program.

Health, Safety & Travel Considerations

Health Considerations
Vaccinations: ​There are no required/mandatory vaccinations to travel to Belize unless recommended by a physician or specific health conditions of a participant. All participants should be up to date with all routine vaccinations.  For country-specific health and immunization information visit the Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) official Website.

Physical Activity: Moderate physical activity that involves walks around the city and long-scheduled activities. Students are also expected to partake in activities such a painting, light construction or cleaning as they are part of the volunteer/service-learning project.
Students are responsible for carrying their luggage from transportation to lodging.

Physician's Statement: All participants must submit a complete and signed physician's statement/release prior to the program start date.

 

Safety and Travel Considerations
The United States and Belize continue to maintain close and cordial relations. The United States is home to the largest Belizean community outside Belize, estimated to be more than 85,000. Belize’s economic growth, good governance, and security are important to U.S. interests in the region. The United States and Belize are working as partners to strengthen citizen security and prevent transnational crime. The two countries have mutual legal assistance treaties with each other.

The U.S Department of State offers country information pages to assist international travelers. Each country's information page contains a Travel Advisory, Alerts, and other important details specific to that country that could affect you.  Pay close attention to the entry and exit requirements, local laws and customs, health conditions, and other details to decide whether traveling to that country is right for you.

Please review Belize's country information page for country-specific information.

For more information about health, safety, emergency preparation, and travel considerations please review the Faculty-led Study Abroad Student Handbook.

Withdrawal & Cancelation Policy

Program Specific Policies

Fist deposit ($400) is non-refundable.

The cost of plane tickets  will not be refunded after being purchased.

If a student is withdrawing from the program, s/he must inform both faculty-leaders and the office of study abroad in writing.


BC Study Abroad Policies - as stated on the Faculty-led student Handbook

Once a student has departed for the program, a refund will not be issued. If there is a documented medical issue or emergency situation, a written request may be submitted to the Study Abroad Office, which will consider a partial refund on a case-by-case basis.

Students are expected to review the Student Code of Conduct and understand themselves that participating in a Broward Study Abroad program means that they agree to adhere to College policies, and demonstrate conduct accordingly.

Students violating this conduct code or demonstrating other disruptive, illegal, or inappropriate behavior may be dismissed from the program at the discretion of the faculty leaders or Broward College administration. Should the offense occur while abroad, the student would be solely responsible for any and all related travel expenses for their return to the United States. In such an event, students would be ineligible for a refund for any portion of the program.

Participant's Resources

Do you have questions about the application process or want to find out about funding and scholarship opportunities? Contact the study abroad office at abroad@broward.edu !

Student Handbook

​ The Faculty-Led Study Abroad Program Student Handbook provides the student information covering a wide variety of topics which pertain to the policies and procedures regarding study abroad. Students should check back frequently for any updates or changes to the handbook.

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