Belize: Service Learning
Bumpers College offers two service-learning study abroad trips in Belize. First, our January Intersession (virtual for 2021), Service Learning Through Community Partnerships in Belize, is a three (3) hour credit course that gives Bumpers students hands-on field experiences including the creation of raised-bed gardens and a small poultry facility at a local school, planting Mahogany tree saplings at Bocawina National Park, and partnering with community members to demonstrate the importance of vegetables in a healthy diet, garden signage development, and garden and poultry management techniques. Our summer program, Service-Learning Through Community Partnerships, is a six (6) hour course where students will spend three (3) weeks in and around Dangriga working alongside community partners to implement projects in one of three (3) disciplines - agriculture team, business team, or indigenous studies team. The agriculture team provides both educational support and labor support at St. Matthew’s school, working alongside students and teachers on the school garden initiative project and the development of a small poultry facility. The agriculture team will also be introduced to and experience the Garifuna and Maya cultures from traditions to food to entertainment.
Service Learning through Community Partnerships - Offered Virtually for 2021
Service-Learning Through Community Partnerships
Service Learning through Community Partnerships - Offered Virtually for 2021 - Apply on Study Abroad Portal
Summer program excursions include a weekend on Caye Caulker where students will have the opportunity to snorkel the meso-American reef – the second largest reef in the world. Students will experience the local Belizean cuisine, walk the sand-covered street to sightsee and shop. Relax in a hammock, lay on the white sand beach, and chill Belizean style. The second excursion takes the participants to San Ignacio, a Mayan city. There students stay at a local resort with access to a large open air market, a reptile sanctuary where they can hold iguanas, and many adventures from which to choose including zip-lining, touring the ATM cave, and more. Shorter, one-day excursions are probable as well such as hiking the tropical rain forest, touring the Marie Sharps pepper plant, or visiting the zoo. The excursions are sure to be a highlight of your journey.
How to Apply
Apply for the virtual January 2021 program on the Hogs Abroad Portal. To apply for the summer program, contact the faculty leaders.