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Belize Literacy Project

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Program Feature


Program Term

Spring Break

Program Type

OHIO Credit

Academic Focus


For more information contact:

Jane Skon
Program Co-Director

Perianne Bates
Program Co-Director

Kirsten Dabelko
Program Coordinator




Immerse yourself in literacy teaching at Concepción Roman Catholic School in San Narciso, Belize. Teacher candidates get hands-on experience in a Belizean classroom working with both local teachers and students as well as OHIO professors and fellow teacher candidates. 

Teacher candidates will learn culturally and linguistically appropriate instructional methods and learn to implement these based on the needs of the students. While in Belize, students will work directly with a local teacher and student. Candidates will also complete a case study based on assessment data collected and will use this to create lesson plans and instructional recommendations.

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Belize is located on the Caribbean coast of Central America. It is home to a diverse population. English is the official language of Belize and is the primary language of instruction in Belizian schools. However, most of the population is bilingual, and most of the children speak Spanish at home and outside the classroom.


Program Dates

Check back soon for 2020 program dates!

Highlights and Excursions 

Students will take a one-day tour of the Mayan Ruins off the shore of Corozal Bay. 

Living Arrangements 

Students will stay in shared hotel rooms in Corozal Belize. Lunch will be provided at the school.

Program Dates 

March 7-14, 2020 


During spring semester, participants will attend a series of weekly orientation and group sessions. Students learn culturally and linguistically relevant pedagogy, how to administer literacy assessments and how to use assessment data to plan appropriate instruction. 

In Belize, students will assist a teacher and a student, selected by the teacher. Students develop an assessment report and create lesson plans and instructional recommendations. Back at OHIO, students present their findings at an OHIO Outreach Forum and have the opportunity to submit conference presentation or poster session proposals. 

After completion of the spring semester orientation sessions and 7-day field experience in Belize, students will earn 3 credit hours for either EDEC 3120 or  EDTE 4200. 


The program fee for this program includes: Student accommodations, excursions, airport transfers, transportation to all program related activities, farewell dinner, and international health insurance.

In addition to the program fee, students should plan for 3 credit hours of tuition*, administrative fee, and out-of-pocket costs. Below is the student budget worksheet for this program, which outlines these costs.  

Undergraduate Student Budget Worksheet 2020 

Items that are not related to the program (ie. additional entertainment, souvenirs, extra travel, contingency funds) are not included in the cost estimates provided and should be budgeted for separately.  


  • Non-resident surcharge waived for the credit hours associated with this program. 
  • If you are nominated to this program, you will be required to pay a deposit to confirm your participation. The deposit is a down payment on the total costs to be billed by OHIO and is determined by the total cost of the program. 
  • For programs completed over winter-break and spring break, the credit-hours associated with the program are part of the spring semester. Students taking between 12 to 20 Athens campus hours, including those associated with the program, will not incur additional tuition costs for the spring semester. Students taking less than 12 or more than 20 Athens campus credits for the spring term will see their tuition charge adjusted accordingly.  

Funding Opportunities

More information on financial aid and scholarships can be found on our funding pages.

Eligibility and Requirements 

This program is open to all undergraduate education majors who have met the prerequisites for the program coursework (see below). Minimum GPA required is 3.0. 

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.

This program accepts NON-OHIO students. For more information about this process visit the Non-OHIO student page.   

Participants must have a at least a high school diploma or the equivalent (e.g. GED) by the start date of the program to be considered for eligibility.  Students enrolled in College Credit Plus (CC+) are not eligible for study away programs.

Entry and Exit 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  now. Some countries also require a visa to legally enter or reside in the country.

U.S. citizens  will not  need a visa or other special document to enter the country for the length of this program. 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 this program. 

For more specific visa related information, please visit OGO’s  Visa Information Page 

Information for  Non-U.S. citizens  can be found  here