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<ul><li><p>Belize Semester Abroad Program in Sustainable DevelopmentSpring Semester, 2013</p></li><li><p>2013 Program Features--18 credits--Three field-based courses --Six credits of service-learning</p></li><li><p>BelizeOnly English-speaking country in Central AmericaUnique combination of Caribbean and Latin American geography and cultureGeographic area the size ofMassachusetts the population of Vermont</p></li><li><p>Why Belize?Ideal location to study sustainable development</p></li><li><p>Ecological diversity</p><p>Last intact tropical forest north of the AmazonLongest barrier reef in the western hemisphereUNESCO World Heritage Site</p></li><li><p>Biological diversity</p></li><li><p>Cockscomb Wildlife ReserveWorlds only jaguar preserve</p></li><li><p>Largest cave system in the Western Hemisphere--many sacred to the Maya</p></li><li><p> Community co-management Unique approach to managing protected areas </p></li><li><p>Pioneer in Ecotourism</p></li><li><p>Belizes Cultural DiversityMestizoCreoleGarifunaMayaEast IndianMennonite Chinese</p></li><li><p>When it comes to rich cultural heritage, incredible nature on land and sea, spectacular beauty and a truly warm and friendly people, Belize makes my own top five list of the worlds best places to see and experience.--Costas Christ, senior editor, National Geographic Traveler</p></li><li><p>Development Pressures</p></li><li><p>Mass (Cruise Ship) Tourism</p></li><li><p>Solid Waste Management</p></li><li><p>Population IncreaseAt the current rate, population of Belize will double in 20 years</p></li><li><p>Six courses: 18 credits </p><p>Development &amp; Indigenous PeoplesLinking Ridges to Reef: An Ecosystem Approach to Biodiversity Conservation &amp; DevelopmentWildlife Conservation and Communities: Issues &amp; ApproachesIntercultural CompetenceApplications of Sustainable Development Service learning (6 credits)</p></li><li><p>Weeks 1 to 3: Discover Belize UnpluggedMacal River Camp Orientation and introductory classes</p></li><li><p>Laguna Village Development and Indigenous Peoples: The Maya</p></li><li><p>Hopkins Village Development and Indigenous Peoples: The Garifuna</p></li><li><p>Cockscomb Basin Wildlife Sanctuary Wildlife Conservation</p></li><li><p>IZE Marine Biology Station: South Water Caye Linking Ridges to Reef</p></li><li><p>Weeks 4-6: Settle into Cayo Complete work for Development and Indigenous Peoples, Linking Ridges to Reef, and Wildlife Conservation</p></li><li><p>Weeks 7-12Intercultural Competence andApplications of Sustainable Development</p><p>Intercultural Competence Analyze what constitutes a "cultureExperience arts, foods, religions, Maya archeology, Kriol languageCompare subcultures in BelizeConsider what it means to be a global citizen</p></li><li><p>Applications of Sustainable Development: Part I (Service Learning)</p><p>2012 Projects:environmental education at a rural primary school nutrition education and gardening at an urban primary schoolplanning/building a sustainable community for abandoned childrenDeveloping educational materials on HIV/AIDS for a battered womens shelter</p></li><li><p>Environmental Education</p></li><li><p>Nutrition Education and Gardening</p></li><li><p>Sustainable Community for Abandoned Children</p></li><li><p>Educational Materials on Domestic Abuse and HIV/AIDS</p></li><li><p>Weeks 13 and 14: Get Dirt on Your Hands and Sand in Your ShoesCaye Caulker</p></li><li><p>Applications of Sustainable DevelopmentPart IIPartner with Ocean Academy, a community high schoolProjects include:Easter vacation enrichment camp TutoringClassroom construction</p></li><li><p>Volunteer Activities</p></li><li><p>CDAE MajorsCID Major: Receive credit for CDAE 102 five of choose 7 electivesPCOM Major: Receive credit forCDAE 102up to two of choose 5+ electives (depending on nature of service learning projects)CENT MajorCDAE 102</p></li><li><p>Minor in Community &amp; International Development (CID)Fulfill three of five required coursesTake CDAE 061 and CDAE 002 (preferably fall semester)</p></li><li><p>Financial DetailsTuitionPay tuition to UVM (instate/out-of-state)Program FeeApproximately $6,000IncludesAll lodging Meals or meal allowance in all locationsAll program-related in-country transportation and admissionsService learning project expensesUse of personal cell phone provided by program</p></li><li><p>Financial AidUVM financial aid applies</p><p>Additional aid may be availableBelize Program financial aid Service-learning Teaching Assistant</p></li><li><p>Additional Expenses</p><p>Airfare ($500-$1,000)Personal expenses (souvenirs, gifts) Personal travel</p></li><li><p>Program DatesThursday, Jan. 10Students are met at the Belize Intl. Airport and transported to the Macal River CampThursday, Apr. 18Students are transported from Caye Caulker to the Belize Intl. Airport</p></li><li><p>Key PointsUVM financial aid appliesAdditional program scholarships may be availableAll courses in EnglishUVM courses; no transfer credit issues</p></li><li><p>Information SessionsWednesday, Apr. 255:30 p.m.Lafayette L308 Thursday., Apr. 267:00 p.m.Davis Ctr. room 402 </p></li><li><p>Application Process1. Application Complete and return to Jay Ashman no later than Monday, April 30, 2012 2. InterviewMay 1 - 93. Admission Notice sent by e-mail in early June4. DepositNon-refundable $500 due with acceptance of offer of admission</p></li><li><p>Selection CriteriaYear and majorRecommendationsAcademic performanceCommunity serviceOur perception ofyour commitment to maximizing the benefits of this experience, personally and for othersintangiblesflexibilitysense of adventureability to roll with the punches</p></li><li><p>For more information:jay.ashman@uvm.edulearn.uvm.edu/travel/belize</p></li></ul>