Program Base Price: $3,699 - $3,999*
Estimated Airfare: $699 – $899 (estimated additional cost based on recent airline prices)
Dates: Jun 10, 2019 – Jun 24, 2019
Scholarships: Yes (see scholarships page)
Experience two countries in one program: Belize and Guatemala.
Belize opens a world of a tropical rainforest and coral reef just miles apart. Study the fascinating environment features that characterize these systems and observe the interactions between humans and their environment. In the rainforest, see iguanas, howler monkeys, and leaf cutter ants while gaining insight to the Mayan culture and its use of medicinal plants. On the coral reef, the longest in the Western Hemisphere, swim with brilliantly colored reef fish among the diverse assemblage of corals, sponges, and other invertebrates.
In Guatemala, spend time in the village of Flores on Lake Peten Itza and connect science and medicine of pre-Columbian Mayan civilization to our modern challenges at one of the largest archeological sites in the region.
Group air transportation is available from Nashville, Tennessee to Belize. Round-trip air transportation from other cities MAY be considered on a case-by-case basis at an additional cost. Ground transportation from/to Belize Airport and between program sites is provided.
The price of this CCSA program includes:
Participants will reside in 4 different accommodation sites throughout Belize that include multi-bedded rooms in field stations, cabins, and dormitory facilities. The Belize Zoo and Tropical Education Center offers comfortable dormitory style accommodations, which are equipped with hot and cold showers, restrooms, wash house and study area. All rooms have 110V outlets, ceiling or standing fans and fresh linen is provided. Blue Creek is a small Mayan Village offers rustic cabins, which vary in size and accommodate 2 to 10 individuals. There is no furniture, drawers or closets. Bathrooms with toilets and showers (water pumped directly from the creek) are located in a central common building. Virtually everyone bathes in the creek (with swimsuits) using biodegradable camp soap. South Water Caye offers a dorm with bunk beds and restrooms with showers and hot and cold running water. Participants will need to pack bed linens and towels, as they are NOT provided at Blue Creek and South Water Caye. In Guatemala students will lodge at the Gringo Perdido Ecological Inn on Lake Peten Itza.
Course Description: Students with an interest in nursing, health care management, or social work will find this class to be a unique opportunity to compare the health systems of developing countries with the American model. While in Belize and Guatemala, students will visit health care facilities and associated organizations to observe and to interact with health care professionals. Additionally, while traveling in the cities and countryside, students will be gaining insights into the historical and cultural influences that affect how health care systems evolve into national versions that differ from ours.
John Clegg | 3 Cr. Hrs. | U
Mystery of the Maya: Early World History from the Maya Perspective
Course Description: The re-discovery of Mayan cities in Belize, Guatemala, and Mexico has prompted many theories about the civilization that built them. In this introductory-level course, we will consider and challenge conflicting explanations by examining the ancient civilizations of Mesopotamia, Asia, Europe, Africa, and the Americas, leading up the moment that brought sustained contact between the eastern and western hemispheres in 1492. Visits to the Belize Zoo, Blue Creek field station, and South Water Caye will help illustrate the conditions of early societies, while trips to Tikal (Guatemala) and Caracol or Altun Ha (Belize) will allow us to examine the growth of complex societies.
Prerequisite: Writing skills commensurate with an introductory-level undergraduate course. Students will be expected to read assigned material prior to the start of the program, write daily reflections on material covered, and complete an essay assignment due after our return from Belize.
Gregory Hammond | 3 Cr. Hrs. | U
WKU COURSE EQUIVALENCIES
Healthcare in Belize - TBD
Mystery of the Maya: Early World History from the Maya Perspective - HIST 101