Belize Semester Abroad

Program in Sustainable Development
Spring Semester, 2012

2012 Program Highlights
All courses are field-based All courses are problem-based Increased emphasis on service-learning

Only English-speaking country in Central America  Unique combination of Caribbean and Latin American geography and culture  Geographic area the same as Massachusetts  ½ the population of Vermont

Why Belize?
Ideal location to study sustainable development

Ecological diversity 
Last intact tropical forest north of the Amazon  Longest barrier reef in the western hemisphere 
UNESCO World Heritage Site

Biological diversity

Cockscomb Wildlife Reserve
World¶s only jaguar preserve

Largest cave system in the Western Hemisphere--many sacred to the Maya

Community co-management
Unique approach to managing protected areas

Pioneer in Ecotourism

Development Pressures

³Finally, Paradise is for Sale´
Caye Chapel marketing materials

Mass (Cruise Ship) Tourism

Solid Waste Management

Belize¶s Cultural Diversity 
Seven major ethnic groups 
Mestizo Creole Garifuna Maya East Indian Mennonite Chinese

Five courses: 18 credits 
Development and Indigenous Peoples  Rivers to Reefs: A Conservation Approach to Watershed Ecology  Wildlife Conservation and Communities: Issues and Approaches  Applications of Sustainable Development 
(Service Learning) (6 credits) 

Intercultural Competence

Weeks 1 and 2: Discover Belize ³unplugged´
Macal River Camp
Orientation and introductory classes Begin Rivers to Reefs and Intercultural Competence

Laguna Village
Development and Indigenous Peoples: The Maya

Hopkins Village
Development and Indigenous Peoples: The Garifuna

Cockscomb Basin Wildlife Sanctuary
Rivers to Reefs Wildlife Conservation and Communities

IZE Marine Biology Station and Lodge South Water Caye
Rivers to Reefs

Weeks 3-12: Settle in, Study, & Serve
San Ignacio Town
Complete coursework for Development and Indigenous Peoples, Rivers to Reefs, and Wildlife Conservation and Communities

Applications of Sustainable Development: Part I
(Service Learning)
2012 Project Partners:  St. Barnabas School  environmental education  Faith Nazarene School  nutrition and gardening  Barzakh Falah  planning and building a sustainable community for abandoned or abused children  Mary Open Doors  providing support for a battered women¶s shelter

Weeks 13 and 14: Get Dirt on Your Hands and Sand on Your Feet
Caye Caulker

Applications of Sustainable Development²Part II 
Our project partner is Ocean Academy, a nonprofit community high school  Projects include: 
mangrove restoration  developing a system for recycling plastic bottles  ³Shop Green´ reusable shopping bag program  composting for the school garden

Minor in Community & International Development (CID) 

Complete three of five courses needed for a minor  Need only take CDAE 061 and CDAE 002 on campus

CID/PCOM Majors 
CID Major: Receive credit for 
CDAE 102; and five of ³choose 7´ restricted electives 

PCOM Major: Receive credit for 
CDAE 102; and two of ³choose 5+´ restricted electives (depending on nature of service learning projects)

Financial Details
Pay tuition to UVM (instate/out-of-state)

Program Fee 
Approximately $5,800  Includes 
All lodging  Meals or meal allowance in all locations  All program-related in-country transportation and admissions  Service learning project expenses  Use of personal cell phone provided by program

Financial Aid
UVM financial aid applies Additional aid available 1. Belize Program financial aid  need-based up to $1000 2. Service-learning Teaching Assistant  $500

Additional Expenses  Airfare ($500-$1,000)  Personal expenses (e.g., souvenirs, gifts)  Personal travel not planned in course itinerary

Program Dates
Saturday, Jan. 14
± Students are met at the Belize Int¶l. Airport and transported to the Macal River Camp

Saturday, Apr. 21
± Students are transported from Caye Caulker to the Belize Int¶l. Airport

Key Points
‡ UVM financial aid applies ‡ Additional scholarships available ‡ All courses in English ‡ UVM courses so no transfer credit issues ‡ CID minor

Information Sessions
Wed., Apr. 13, 2011 5 p.m. U-Heights North Multipurpose Room Tue., Apr. 19, 2011 6:30 p.m.
Room 413 Davis Center

Application Process
1. Application 
Complete and return to Jay Ashman no later than Friday, April 29, 2011 for consideration during spring recruitment period

2. Interview 
Will be conducted upon receipt of application

3. Admission 
Notice will be sent out following interview

4. Deposit 
Non-refundable $500 due with acceptance of offer of admission

Selection Criteria 

Year and major Recommendations Academic performance Community service Our perception of 
your commitment to maximizing the benefits of this experience, personally and for others  ³intangibles´ (your flexibility, sense of adventure, and ability to ³roll with the punches´)

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