Alternative Reading Week Belize

Alternative Reading Week Belize
ARW Belize participants heading to breakfast with a host family

Deadline Extended! Applications open until 2 spots filled.
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Community Placement
Reading Week – February 15-25, 2018 (exact dates subject to flight availability)
Team: 6-10 Students, Interdisciplinary

Training & Debrief
Thursdays, 6-9 p.m. from January 11 - February 8, plus Tuesday, January 23 and February 13.
3-hour program debrief to be scheduled the week of March 5.
Program Fee: $3200 (all-inclusive)
Program fee includes round-trip airfare, food, accommodation, transportation, program activities, travel insurance, and comprehensive pre-departure training.

Note: Travel bursaries of up to $1000 are available for students who demonstrate financial need.
Program Description
Experience Q’eqchi’ Maya culture and learn about Indigenous approaches to agriculture and development in this 10-day placement in rural Belize. You will learn about Maya culture, food, and language through facilitating project-based learning at the community school and participating in local outings to a cacao farm and Maya chocolate-maker.
Laguna, Belize is located in the southern rural district of Toledo. This area is mainly inhabited by the Maya peoples, who are indigenous to Belize. Many are surprised to learn that the official language of Belize is English, a result of being colonized by the British. Like in Canada, Indigenous peoples in Belize continue to fight for their land rights and sovereignty.

Open to students, staff, and faculty. Student participants who successfuly complete the program are eligible for recognition on their Co-Curricular Record (CCR).

How to Apply
Apply today on UMCommunityLink!

Deadline Extended! Applications open until 2 spots filled.

Contact Information
Updated December 18, 2017