SAGE

 

Belize

ESTIMATED PROGRAM FEES BREAKDOWN:

    1. Program Fee: $2,000
    2. Scholarship: $1,000
    3. Fees Breakdown

PROGRAM OVERVIEW :

  • Come make a difference in the Belize. This trip combines a cross-cultural immersive experience with the additional rewards of service learning. Projects available include: Environmental conservation; dental hygiene; and construction. Service project(s) that the students will participate in:
  • Environmental conservation: participate in coral reef restoration (including gathering relevant scientific data); assist in mangrove ecosystem clean up; contribute ideas for the growing ecotourism industry; aid in central mountain region reforestation project
  • Dental hygiene: participate in dental hygiene clinics and assist in local health education.
  • Construction: help design and build needed infrastructure.

COURSE DESCRIPTION:

This service learning course provides students with an opportunity to grow academically, pre-professionally, personally, an d civically through participation in an international service learning experience. Students meet real needs in the community by applying knowledge from their courses. Students will complete 20 hours of service in country and complete written reflections.

THINGS TO CONSIDER BEFORE YOU APPLY:

  • This is an educational study abroad experience which is academic in nature and intended for students to further understand the history and culture of the Belize through the scope of service learning.
  • Travel to a location with a different culture and language can be difficult, but very rewarding. Be open to new experiences.
  • Depending on your choice of service project, appropriate clothing is required. (For example, scrubs if you're working in dental hygiene and closed toes boots for construction). Environmental conservation projects involve snorkeling (for which training will be provided). Students should bring more than one swimsuit. Swimwear should be appropriate for scientific research. More details will be covered in pre-departure meetings (also feel free to contact program leaders any time).

FUNDING INFORMATION:

  1. The program will receive partial funding by Valencia's Student Development Office (SDO), the Valencia Foundation, and the SAGE Office which will be contributing a percentage towards the cost of participation for a limited number of students accepted into the program.
  2. Eligible students can use their financial aid to cover the additional program costs (airfare, accommodations, meals, etc.) as long as the course satisfies your degree requirements. Complete a MY EDUCATION PLAN or meet with an Academic Advisor for details. It is important that this course count towards your degree or certificate program; otherwise your financial aid payment may be reduced.

DATES:

March 10-18, 2018

Program Leader Contact:

Leader:

  • Name: Professor Betsy Brantley (environmental conservation project)
  • Phone: 407-582-5750
  • Room: West Campus, HSB 138
  • Email: bbrantley3@valenciacollege.edu

Co-leader (if applicable):

  • Name: Professor Pam Sandy (dental hygiene project)
  • Phone: 407-582-1544
  • Room: West Campus, AHS 118
  • Email: psandy@valenciacollege.edu

 

HOW TO APPLY:

    1. Apply to the International Service Learning in the Belize SLS 2940 (1 credit) study abroad program.
      You will need a Dynamic Forms login.

IMPORTANT DATES & DEADLINES:

Deadlines:

  • Application Deadline: October 06, 2017
  • Deposit Deadline: November 10, 2017
  • Final Payment (if applicable): N/A

Pre-departure Meetings:

  • SAGE Mandatory Orientation Meeting: 11/02/17, 5-7pm, location West Campus, room 11-106
  • Meeting 1: 1/19/18, 5-7pm, location TBD
  • Meeting 2: 2/2/18, 5-7pm, location TBD
  • Meeting 3: 2/16/18, 5-7pm, location TBD
  • Meeting 4: 3/2/18, 5-7pm, location TBD

Re-entry Meetings:

  • Meeting: 3/23/18, 5-7pm, location TBD

Please note that all orientation sessions are mandatory. The number of predeparture and re-entry meetings will depend upon your program.

SCHOLARSHIP ELIGIBILITY:

  • Apply by the application deadline
  • Be a degree-seeking student with Valencia College
  • Completed one semester within last year
  • Completed 12 college-level credits
  • Be at least 18 years’ old on day of departure
  • Maintain a minimum GPA of 2.5 at application deadline

COURSE PREREQUISITES:

N/A

COST INCLUDES:

  • Roundtrip Airfare
  • Accommodations
  • Dinners
  • All Ground Transportation
  • Environmental Conservation
  • Sport Activities
  • Entrance to All Venues
  • Historical and Cultural Tours

COST DOES NOT INCLUDE:

  • Course materials
  • Course tuition and fees
  • Airport departure fees and taxes
  • Luggage transport/storage fees
  • Some Meals in Belize (breakfast, lunches, and some dinners)
  • Passport application (if needed)
  • Visa (not required for U.S. citizens)
  • Immunizations in Belize
  • Spending money
  • Tips

PROGRAM PHOTOS & DESTINATION INFORMATION:

  • Belize Pictures
  • CIA World Fact book Belize
  • Consular Affairs, Dept. of State Belize
  • U.S. Embassies in Belize
  • Weather in Belize

DISCLAIMER:

Please note that the program may be altered or canceled at any time at the discretion of Valencia College, and in many circumstances airfare or other transportation costs incurred by the student may not be refundable. Dates and prices are subject to change without notice.

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