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  • Belize Semester Abroad Program in Sustainable DevelopmentSpring Semester, 2013

  • 2013 Program Features--18 credits--Three field-based courses --Six credits of service-learning

  • BelizeOnly English-speaking country in Central AmericaUnique combination of Caribbean and Latin American geography and cultureGeographic area the size ofMassachusetts the population of Vermont

  • Why Belize?Ideal location to study sustainable development

  • Ecological diversity

    Last intact tropical forest north of the AmazonLongest barrier reef in the western hemisphereUNESCO World Heritage Site

  • Biological diversity

  • Cockscomb Wildlife ReserveWorlds only jaguar preserve

  • Largest cave system in the Western Hemisphere--many sacred to the Maya

  • Community co-management Unique approach to managing protected areas

  • Pioneer in Ecotourism

  • Belizes Cultural DiversityMestizoCreoleGarifunaMayaEast IndianMennonite Chinese

  • 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

  • Development Pressures

  • Mass (Cruise Ship) Tourism

  • Solid Waste Management

  • Population IncreaseAt the current rate, population of Belize will double in 20 years

  • Six courses: 18 credits

    Development & Indigenous PeoplesLinking Ridges to Reef: An Ecosystem Approach to Biodiversity Conservation & DevelopmentWildlife Conservation and Communities: Issues & ApproachesIntercultural CompetenceApplications of Sustainable Development Service learning (6 credits)

  • Weeks 1 to 3: Discover Belize UnpluggedMacal River Camp Orientation and introductory classes

  • Laguna Village Development and Indigenous Peoples: The Maya

  • Hopkins Village Development and Indigenous Peoples: The Garifuna

  • Cockscomb Basin Wildlife Sanctuary Wildlife Conservation

  • IZE Marine Biology Station: South Water Caye Linking Ridges to Reef

  • Weeks 4-6: Settle into Cayo Complete work for Development and Indigenous Peoples, Linking Ridges to Reef, and Wildlife Conservation

  • Weeks 7-12Intercultural Competence andApplications of Sustainable Development

    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

  • 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 schoolplanning/building a sustainable community for abandoned childrenDeveloping educational materials on HIV/AIDS for a battered womens shelter

  • Environmental Education

  • Nutrition Education and Gardening

  • Sustainable Community for Abandoned Children

  • Educational Materials on Domestic Abuse and HIV/AIDS

  • Weeks 13 and 14: Get Dirt on Your Hands and Sand in Your ShoesCaye Caulker

  • Applications of Sustainable DevelopmentPart IIPartner with Ocean Academy, a community high schoolProjects include:Easter vacation enrichment camp TutoringClassroom construction

  • Volunteer Activities

  • 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

  • Minor in Community & International Development (CID)Fulfill three of five required coursesTake CDAE 061 and CDAE 002 (preferably fall semester)

  • 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

  • Financial AidUVM financial aid applies

    Additional aid may be availableBelize Program financial aid Service-learning Teaching Assistant

  • Additional Expenses

    Airfare ($500-$1,000)Personal expenses (souvenirs, gifts) Personal travel

  • 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

  • Key PointsUVM financial aid appliesAdditional program scholarships may be availableAll courses in EnglishUVM courses; no transfer credit issues

  • Information SessionsWednesday, Apr. 255:30 p.m.Lafayette L308 Thursday., Apr. 267:00 p.m.Davis Ctr. room 402

  • 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

  • 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

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