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  1. 1. Belize Semester AbroadProgram in Sustainable Development Spring Semester, 2013
  2. 2. 2013 Program Features--18 credits--Three field-based courses--Six credits of service-learning
  3. 3. Belize• Only English-speaking country in Central America• Unique combination of Caribbean and Latin American geography and culture• Geographic area the size ofMassachusetts• ½ the population of Vermont
  4. 4. Why Belize? Ideal location to studysustainable development
  5. 5. Ecological diversity • Last intact tropical forest north of the Amazon • Longest barrier reef in the western hemisphere – UNESCO World Heritage Site
  6. 6. Biological diversity
  7. 7. Cockscomb Wildlife Reserve World’s only jaguar preserve
  8. 8. Largest cave system in the Western Hemisphere--many sacred to the Maya
  9. 9. Community co-management Unique approach to managing protected areas
  10. 10. Pioneer in Ecotourism
  11. 11. Belize’s CulturalDiversity – Mestizo – Creole – Garifuna – Maya – East Indian – Mennonite – Chinese
  12. 12. “When it comes to rich cultural heritage, incredible nature on landand sea, spectacular beauty and a truly warm and friendlypeople, Belize makes my own top five list of the world’s bestplaces to see and experience.” --Costas Christ, senior editor, National Geographic Traveler
  13. 13. Development Pressures
  14. 14. Mass (Cruise Ship) Tourism
  15. 15. Solid Waste Management
  16. 16. Population Increase• At the current rate, population of Belize will double in 20 years
  17. 17. Six courses: 18 credits• Development & Indigenous Peoples• Linking Ridges to Reef: An Ecosystem Approach to Biodiversity Conservation & Development• Wildlife Conservation and Communities: Issues & Approaches• Intercultural Competence• Applications of Sustainable Development – Service learning (6 credits)
  18. 18. Weeks 1 to 3: Discover Belize “Unplugged” Macal River Camp Orientation and introductory classes
  19. 19. Laguna VillageDevelopment and Indigenous Peoples: The Maya
  20. 20. Hopkins VillageDevelopment and Indigenous Peoples: The Garifuna
  21. 21. Cockscomb Basin Wildlife Sanctuary Wildlife Conservation
  22. 22. IZE Marine Biology Station: South Water Caye Linking Ridges to Reef
  23. 23. Weeks 4-6: Settle into CayoComplete work for Development and Indigenous Peoples, Linking Ridges to Reef, and Wildlife Conservation
  24. 24. Weeks 7-12 Intercultural Competence and Applications of Sustainable DevelopmentInterculturalCompetence•Analyze what constitutes a"culture“•Experience arts, foods,religions, Maya archeology,Kriol language•Compare subcultures inBelize•Consider what it means to bea “global citizen”
  25. 25. Applications of Sustainable Development: Part I (Service Learning)2012 Projects:• environmental education at a rural primary school• nutrition education and gardening at an urban primary school• planning/building a sustainable community for abandoned children• Developing educational materials on HIV/AIDS for a battered women’s shelter
  26. 26. Environmental Education
  27. 27. Nutrition Education and Gardening
  28. 28. Sustainable Community for Abandoned Children
  29. 29. Educational Materials onDomestic Abuse and HIV/AIDS
  30. 30. Weeks 13 and 14: Get Dirt on Your Hands and Sand in Your Shoes Caye Caulker
  31. 31. Applications of Sustainable Development—Part II• Partner with Ocean Academy, a community high school• Projects include: – Easter vacation enrichment camp – Tutoring – Classroom construction
  32. 32. Volunteer Activities
  33. 33. CDAE Majors• CID Major: Receive credit for – CDAE 102 – five of “choose 7” electives• PCOM Major: Receive credit for – CDAE 102 – up to two of “choose 5+” electives (depending on nature of service learning projects)• CENT Major – CDAE 102
  34. 34. Minor inCommunity & International Development (CID)• Fulfill three of five required courses• Take CDAE 061 and CDAE 002 (preferably fall semester)
  35. 35. Financial DetailsTuition – Pay tuition to UVM (instate/out-of-state)Program Fee – Approximately $6,000 – 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
  36. 36. Financial AidUVM financial aid appliesAdditional aid may be available – Belize Program financial aid – Service-learning Teaching Assistant
  37. 37. Additional Expenses• Airfare – ($500-$1,000)• Personal expenses – (souvenirs, gifts)• Personal travel
  38. 38. Program DatesThursday, Jan. 10 – Students are met at the Belize Int’l. Airport and transported to the Macal River CampThursday, Apr. 18 – Students are transported from Caye Caulker to the Belize Int’l. Airport
  39. 39. Key Points• UVM financial aid applies• Additional program scholarships may be available• All courses in English• UVM courses; no transfer credit issues
  40. 40. Information SessionsWednesday, Apr. 255:30 p.m.Lafayette L308Thursday., Apr. 267:00 p.m.Davis Ctr. room 402
  41. 41. Application Process1. Application – Complete and return to Jay Ashman no later than Monday, April 30, 20122. Interview – May 1 - 93. Admission – Notice sent by e-mail in early June4. Deposit – Non-refundable $500 due with acceptance of offer of admission
  42. 42. 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 – “intangibles” • flexibility • sense of adventure • ability to “roll with the punches”
  43. 43. For more information: