Belize is a stable, English speaking democracy on the Caribbean coast of Central America. It has extensive areas of tropical forest, many Mayan cultural and archeological sites, and the second longest barrier reef system in the world.
This course focuses on environmental challenges and the sustainable utilization of natural resources in a developing country. Offered in the spring semester, students study the geology, climate, landscape, and rich biodiversity of Belize both on campus and abroad. The program includes visits to wildlife reserves, where students identify monkeys, iguanas, crocodiles and manatees on hikes led by local Mayan guides. Students also collect and analyze river water samples to examine the impact of a conventional banana farm and participate in a service learning project. The program concludes at Belize’s barrier reef where the students snorkel and learn about the impacts of fisheries, tourism, hurricanes and global climate change on the reef system.
Contact:Dr. Ed Davis
This course is geared toward majors and minors in Biology and Environmental Studies and meets once a week during the spring semester to discuss various aspects of biology in the tropics, including rainforest ecology and wildlife diversity, as well as the culture and traditions of Costa Rica.
The course concludes with a two-week study experience in Costa Rica, where students travel from the capital city of San Jose to the Pacific coast, through the central mountains, and finally to the Caribbean lowlands. Here, students design research projects, collect and analyze data, and present their findings.
Contact: Prof. Greg McConnell
Cross Cultural Christian Missions is a one credit course offered in the spring semester and is geared toward students who want to gain experience in the field of international Christian Missions, including construction and evangelism. This class meets once a week to explore Christian Missions and their role in the church today. This course will look at the challenges and promises of missions, and it will explore how to serve in missions while being culturally aware. Study locations include Dominican Republic or El Salvador.
Contact:Prof. Mary K. Briggs
International Perspectives on Student Leadership is a one-credit course offered in the spring semester and is geared toward students who want to expand their leadership experience while making an impact on the international community. This class meets once a week to explore the concept of servant leadership and how it translates internationally. Students also receive updates and cultural preparation during class time.
The course concludes with a 10-day abroad experience in Nicaragua where students participate in a Habitat for Humanity Global Village Project build — Nicaragua or Guatemala.
Contact:Prof. Jimmy Whited
Students study the language and culture of Latin America while on campus during the spring semester. Then, in May the course moves to Lima, Peru, where students practice their Spanish language skills while visiting historical and cultural sites and spending time with children in the Puericultorio Perez Aranibar orphanage. Students also practice their Spanish language skills by meeting their Peruvian pen pals. In Lima, they visit the Cathedral, Plaza Mayor, and the Government, Archibishop and Torre Tagle Palaces.
Students also visit the Larco Herrera Museum, which houses the best collection of pre-Columbian art in Peru. After taking a plane to Cuzco, students tour the Plaza del Regocijo, Plaza de Armas, the Santo Domingo Monastery, and the Incan sites Puca Pucara, the ceremonial stone bath in Tambo Machay, the shrine for Funeral Worship in Qenko and the impressive Temple and Fortress of Sacsayhuaman which overlooks Cuzco, the spectaucular Machu Picchu and the Andahuaylillas en Puno.