Belize: Culture and Classroom
Students will spend one week in classrooms in San Narciso, Belize. Working in partnership with a master teacher and faculty supervisor, students will attempt to gain an understanding of common struggles within a high-risk classroom. Students will implement one classroom lesson during the week and shadow a classroom teacher for the remainder of the experience. This will allow students to learn and explore different options of instructional strategies and understand how to effectively evaluate their own professional performance to improve student achievement.
Belize is located on the eastern coast of Central America, bordered by Mexico, Guatemala and the Caribbean Sea. Belize is the only country in Central America where English is the official language, although Spanish and Belizean Creole are also commonly spoken. Belize is known for its extreme biodiversity and distinctive ecosystems and is part of the Mesoamerican biodiversity hotspot, containing many jungles, wildlife reserves, variety of different species of flora and fauna and the largest cave system in Central America.
2019-20 winter break dates: December 7-21, 2019*
* NOTE: Program dates overlap with OHIO finals week. Each participant must make sure that participation in this program does not prevent them from complet their coursework as expected by each professor.
September 1, 2019
Eligibility and Selection Process
This program is open to all undergraduate education majors who have completed all method courses and need to satisfy a diversity requirement.
Students who will be on probation at any point during the program for a conduct offense that took place less than a calendar year from the program start date may not study abroad. Click here to read the entire conduct policy.
Students will take a one day tour of the Mayan Ruins off the shore of Corozal Bay. They will also participate in a day-trip to Banana Beach Resort on San Pedro Island, Ambregis Caye.
Students will be housed at Tony's Inn, Belize. Lunch will be provided at the school.
Courses and Credits
During the latter part of fall semester, students will attend an orientation session and five additional group sessions, which will focus on developing an educational project specifically based on the needs of a classroom, communicating with school teachers via Skype and reviewing basic rules/regulations of the trip.
Students will also choose a lesson to implement and measure its effectiveness during and after the experience.
In Belize, students will work alongside a master teacher to implement their semester project while collaborating with the classroom teacher. Once back on campus, students will present their findings to Patton College faculty and students during a student research forum.
After completion of the orientation sessions field experience in Belize, students will earn 3 credit hours (EDEC 2900).
Non-resident surcharge waived for this program.
Additional Information on Belize
To learn more about this study abroad destination, please visit the CIA World Factbook.
Health and Safety
Ohio University Office of Global Opportunities suggests you follow the recommendations of the Centers for Disease Control for healthy travel to your destination. Please familiarize yourself with these recommendations and requirements prior to applying to a program.
Refer to the State Department site for information related to safety and security at this destination.
Also refer to International SOS for information related to safety and security at this destination. To log in to the International SOS website, please use the OHIO membership IS: 11BCAS000010.
Requesting accommodation for disabilities
If you plan to participate in an Ohio University-sponsored study abroad program and wish to request accommodation, you should contact the Office of Student Accessibility Services to schedule an appointment to complete an Global Opportunities Disability Accommodation Request Form. We recommend you do this as early as possible to allow sufficient time to determine what accommodations may be made for this program.
Exit and Entry Requirements
U.S. citizens are required to have a valid U.S. passport when traveling outside of the United States. If you plan to study or travel abroad in the next year, apply for your passport. Some countries also require a visa to legally enter and reside in the country. Entry and exit requirements for Belize can be found here.
U.S. citizens do not need a visa or other special documents to enter the country for the length of this program. You may need to show sufficient funds to support yourself while in-country. Please also note that visa requirements may vary if you plan to stay in the country longer than the program dates or travel to other countries during or after the program. Please familiarize yourself with these recommendations and requirements prior to applying to a program.
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