Belize: Literacy Project
Immerse yourself in literacy teaching at Concepción Roman Catholic School in San Narciso, Belize. Teacher candidates get hands-on experience in a Belizean classroom working with both local teachers and students as well as OHIO professors and fellow teacher candidates.
Teacher candidates will learn culturally and linguistically appropriate instructional methods and learn to implement these based on the needs of the students. While in Belize, students will work directly with a local teacher and student. Candidates will also complete a case study based on assessment data collected and will use this to create lesson plans and instructional recommendations.
Belize is located on the Caribbean coast of Central America. It is home to a diverse population. English is the official language of Belize and is the primary language of instruction in Belizian schools. However, most of the population is bilingual, and most of the children speak Spanish at home and outside the classroom.
March 7-14, 2020
October 1, 2019
Eligibility and Selection Process
This program is open to all undergraduate education majors who have met the prerequisites for the program coursework (see below). Minimum GPA required is 3.0.
Students who will be on probation at any point during the program for a conduct offense that took place less than a calendar year from the program start date may not study abroad. Click here to read the entire conduct policy.
Students will take a one-day tour of the Mayan Ruins off the shore of Corozal Bay.
Students will stay in shared hotel rooms in Corozal Belize. Lunch will be provided at the school.
Courses and Credits
During spring semester, participants will attend a series of weekly orientation and group sessions. Students learn culturally and linguistically relevant pedagogy, how to administer literacy assessments and how to use assessment data to plan appropriate instruction.
In Belize, students will assist a teacher and a student, selected by the teacher. Students develop an assessment report and create lesson plans and instructional recommendations. Back at OHIO, students present their findings at an OHIO Outreach Forum and have the opportunity to submit conference presentation or poster session proposals.
After completion of the spring semester orientation sessions and 7-day field experience in Belize, students will earn 3 credit hours for either EDEC 3120 or EDTE 4200.
Non-resident surcharge waived for this program.
Additional Information on Belize
To learn more about this study abroad destination, please visit the CIA World Factbook.
Health and Safety
Ohio University Office of Global Opportunities suggests you follow the recommendations of the Centers for Disease Control for healthy travel to your destination. Please familiarize yourself with these recommendations and requirements prior to applying to a program.
Refer to the State Department site for information related to safety and security at this destination.
Also refer to International SOS for information related to safety and security at this destination. To log in to the International SOS website, please use the OHIO membership IS: 11BCAS000010.
Requesting accommodation for disabilities
If you plan to participate in an Ohio University-sponsored study abroad program and wish to request accommodation, you should contact the Office of Student Accessibility Services to schedule an appointment to complete an Global Opportunities Disability Accommodation Request Form. We recommend you do this as early as possible to allow sufficient time to determine what accommodations may be made for this program.
Exit and Entry Requirements
U.S. citizens are required to have a valid U.S. passport when traveling outside of the United States. If you plan to study or travel abroad in the next year, apply for your passport. Some countries also require a visa to legally enter and reside in the country. Entry and exit requirements for Belize can be found here.
U.S. citizens do not need a visa or other special documents to enter the country for the length of this program. You may need to show sufficient funds to support yourself while in-country. Please also note that visa requirements may vary if you plan to stay in the country longer than the program dates or travel to other countries during or after the program. Please familiarize yourself with these recommendations and requirements prior to applying to a program.
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