|Restrictions:||GC applicants only|
|Dates / Deadlines:|
|Language of Instruction:||English||Minimum GPA:||2.0|
|Language courses offered:||No||Academic Area:||College of Health Sciences|
|Minimum Class Standing:||1 - Freshman||Language Prereq:||none|
|Number of credits:||3||Program Adviser:||Jarris Lanham|
|Non-GC Students:||No||Additional Experiences:||Service Learning|
|Allows for independent travel pre/post program:||Yes|
The Belize Health Perspectives program integrates concepts from various interdisciplinary fields including sociology, history, international relations, government, politics, cultural studies and ethics through a health science perspective. This program satisfies the Global Health minor required international field experience. Georgia College students will participate in service projects in conjunction with Sacred Heart Junior College and various other health related organizations in San Ignacio, Belize. The course will be taught through lectures, seminars and service learning experiences specialized for students in the health sciences (community health, exercise science, athletic training, nursing, outdoor education, and music therapy). Students will visit a wide range of Belizean historical, archaeological, health and cultural sites. Courses offered in kinesiology, nursing, outdoor education, or health sciences.
Students take a break after climbing up Xunantunich,
a Mayan ruin with a great view of Guatemala.
Students offer health screenings at the market
in San Ignacio and at
the Belize Natural Energy plant.
Excursions and Highlights
Life and Culture
Program Fee Payment Schedule
Non-Georgia College Students
Academic Focus: This program is designed for all Health majors. This program also satisfies the Global Health Minor required international field experience. Please contact the Belize program director Dr. Kevin Hunt or Dr. Sallie Coke in the COHS for more information on Global Health minor.
Courses: Students take one, 3 credit course from the list below:
- NURS 3990: Exploring Health Perspectives
- KINS 4803: Exploring Health Perspectives
- KINS 6833: Exploring Health Perspectives
- HSCS 3993: Exploring Health Perspectives
- ODED 4703: Exploring Health Perspectives
Georgia College Students conduct Health Fairs at the San Ignacio Market, Cornerstone Foundation, the Belize Natural Energy Plant and many more locations around San Ignacio. Diabetes and high blood pressure are rampant in Belize. For many Belizeans the free health fair checks offered each year by Georgia College students on this program are the only health checkups they receive. A coaching clinic at Sacred Heart College helps to prepare the next generation of school coaches in Belize. Georgia College students are making a difference!
Accommodations: While working in San Ignacio, students stay in a cabin-style inn. End each day with a nice refreshing plunge in the pool! For the last few days of the program, student stay in a resort hotel.
Excursions and Highlights: Explore the Actun Tunichil Muknal caves, the ancient Mayan sites of Cahal Pech and Xunantunich, and all San Ignacio has to offer. Enjoy the opportunity to embrace local culture through intensive service learning projects in the community alongside the people they will benefit.
In addition to conducting health fairs, students will spend a few days at a local orphanage called Barzakh Falah. The vision of a San Ignacio husband-wife team, this will one day be a 100% sustainable orphanage for young teens with a working farm. From the houses made of earth blocks, to the cellar made with used chicken feed bags, to the road made of old tires, this facility is being built from recycled goods.
Life and Culture: Belize is located on the northeastern coast of Central America. With a diverse society, comprising many cultures and languages, it is the only nation in the region with a British colonial history; English is the official language, although Spanish and Kriol are also spoken. Students will have the opportunity to experience the influence of Mayan, Kriol, Mestizo, British, and other European cultures in the food, music, religion, and customs of the Belize.
Costs: $3,200 plus tuition and some meals.
The program fee includes: International airfare, all housing, excursions, cultural events, insurance, ground transportation and most meals.
Not included: Georgia College tuition, student fees, passport, books, additional meals, independent travel and other personal expenses.
Application Deadline: February 1
Program Fee Payment Schedule
Deposit of $200 - due at time of application, no later than Feb. 1
1st installment of $1500 - due by Feb. 1
2nd installment of $1500 - due by Mar. 1
A $200 deposit must be paid online or directly to the International Education Center, 141 S. Clarke St. at the time of application. This deposit holds a place for eligible applicants to this study abroad program. $100 of this deposit is non-refundable, and the remaining $100 is refundable until February 1.
An additional payment of $1500 is due February 1, and the balance of $1500 by March 1. Only in an exceptional case, e.g., an extremely adverse exchange rate, will the cost of the program be increased beyond what is listed on this application. In the unlikely event the International Education Center finds it necessary to cancel a program before the start date, every attempt will be made to give a full refund. If unforeseen events require the shortening of a program after arrival in-country, the International Education Center will determine an equitable, prorated refund.
* Note that Georgia College tuition and related course fees must be paid separately to the Georgia College Business Office by May 1. Students will be notified by Bobcats email once they have been registered for their study abroad course.
Excursions include hiking through the jungle, exploring the mysterious Mayan ruins, tubing or canoeing down the Macal River, caving through an ancient underground cave system full of archeological findings, swimming under waterfalls, zip-lining through the jungle canopy, kayaking in the ocean, snorkeling in the crystal clear waters of the barrier reef, and more!
Flight Information: International airfare is included in the cost of the program. A limited number of students may be permitted to book airfare separate from the group to make use of frequent flyer miles, buddy passes, or extend their travel beyond program dates. Any student wishing to do so must notify the program adviser (Jarris Lanham) at the time of application to the program. Approval will be considered by both adviser and program director and the decision to allow or not allow independent travel will be communicated to the student in writing after February 1.
No students should book their own international travel without expressed written permission. In the event that independent travel is granted, very specific instructions will be provided to those individuals pertaining to the Study Abroad Independent Travel Policy and meeting arrangements. Under no circumstances will any student be permitted to join the group late or depart early. Specific travel information for the group will be announced in spring.
Financial Aid/Scholarships: Students are eligible to carry existing financial aid and scholarships on Georgia College approved study abroad programs. Students may also be eligible to apply for the following scholarships: Georgia College Study Abroad Scholarship, Phi Kappa Phi Study Abroad Scholarship, and more.
Non-Georgia College Students: We gladly accept non-Georgia College students as participants in this program. In addition to applying for this program, non-Georgia College students must also apply for admission to Georgia College as either a transient student (if currently seeking a degree at another university) or a non-degree seeking student (if already completed a bachelor's degree and seeking continuing education). Please visit our Getting Started section for more information.
Dr. Kevin Hunt, 478-445-3926, firstname.lastname@example.org
Dr. Emily Simonavice, 478-445-3930, Emily.Simonavice@gcsu.edu.
Jarris Lanham, Study Abroad Advisor, 478-445-2368, email@example.com
Sacred Heart College students have a chance to practice CPR and learn how to properly wrap an injured ankle.