Belize: Literature, Culture, and Service Learning
Earn Junior Composition credit (if you are a student with Junior or above standing by Spring Semester 2019) while spending 10 days this winter break in the Caribbean volunteering in Belizean communities!
During this program, students will be immersed in culture while assisting a sustainable service project facilitated through Global Opportunities' partner, Kaya Responsible Travel. The larger service project involves the development of the sustainable, earth-bag homes for Belizean orphaned youth who are pushed out of the foster care system without resources. Depending on the project needs, student interests, weather, and resources, the group may participate in a variety of activities to support the service site while onsite. Examples include community outreach, contruction projects, gardening, interior beautification, gardening, and more. While students should expect a moderate level of outdoor, physical activity while working at the service site, less physically demanding options are available.
In addition to work at the service site, students will spend time exploring Belizean culture hands-on - see the setting of your coursework come to life! Excursions include beaches, a visit to the Xunantunich pyramids, craft and folk dance activities, dumming lessions, market visits, and an organic farm tour. Experience the diverse culture of Belize, influenced by the Garifuna from Africa and Europen, Mayan, and Amish presence.
During free-time, students can also choose to take advantage of other activities including cave tubing, snorkeling, and other excursions (at student's own cost out-of-pocket - see student budget worksheet below under "Costs" for estimates).
January 3-12, 2019
Application Deadline FINAL deadline October 2!
Students will stay at Nefrey's Retreat guesthouse during service project work. Some meals will be provided by the guesthouse. In Placencia and Dangriga, students will stay in hotels.
Courses and credits
Undergraduate students will earn a total of 3 OHIO credits for ENG 3060J* OR UC 2900.
*Please note that in order to take the ENG 3060J course, students must be at junior standing by the term of the program. Students with first-year or sophomore standing must take UC 2900.
Non-resident surcharge waived for this program.
This program is open to all undergraduate students, regardless of major, with a minimum 2.0 grade-point average or above.
Students will apply via Ohio University’s online application.
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.
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.
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 website 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.
Entry and exit 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 now.
For more specific visa related information, please visit OGO's Visa Information Page.
Information for NON-US citizens can be found here.
For more information on this program contact:
Dr. Marlene De La Cruz-Guzman, Program Director
Ellie Koewler, Program Coordinator