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Fact Sheet:
Language(s) in which classes are available:
English Max credits offered: 03
Language Experience required for admission:
0 none Program Type: VT faculty-led
Minimum Cumulative GPA:
2.3 Areas of Study: Culture, Service Learning, Social Work
College Sponsor: Pamplin
Program Description:

El Castillo Xunantunich Cayo B


Belize

Field of Study

Service Learning, Culture, Social Work

Program Flyer
brochure Belize2018.pdf

Additional Information

Virginia Tech course, VT faculty led, VT credit (3 cr.)
 

Program Highlights:

- Develop and deliver computer literacy workshops for beginner and advanced educators in the Belize City

- Work with local partners on a small scale service project

- Interact and engage with Belizean educators and other community members to gain knowledge about local culture and customs

- Visit cultural areas of interest in Belize

- Gain leadership and teamwork experience collaborating and working together as a team and with community partners


 






















































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Belize
Service Learning
Spring Break 2018 (March 3 - 11)

Empowering Educators in Belize

This service learning program gives students exposure to and experience in the culture of Belize. Students help empower educators in Belize City. VT partners with a local non-profit, Peacework, to manage the service program. This will bring students together with the community partners in  Belize City. This program has been offered for several years by Pamplin students.

Students will collaborate with community partners in Belize to develop and deliver a computer literacy workshop for Belizean educators in the Belize City district. We will also perform service work in the local schools. This program provides students with the opportunity to gain new skills in leadership and education while exposing them to the challenges and rewards of working in a global setting.

There will be several class meetings during spring semester to prepare for the program.

Through this program Virginia Tech students will:
  • Develop and deliver computer literacy workshops for beginner and advanced educators in Belize City
  • Work with local partners on a small scale service project (e.g. painting classrooms, constructing a playground, etc.)
  • Interact and engage with Belizean educators and other community members to gain knowledge about local culture and customs
  • Visit cultural areas of interest in Belize
  • Gain leadership and teamwork experience collaborating and working together as a team and with community partners
 

Housing

The group will stay in hotels with breakfast, lunch, and dinner provided.

Travel

Participants will travel as a group from the USA to Belize. 

Eligibility

Freshmen through seniors, and graduate students. Non-business students and graduate students are also welcome to participate, and will receive 3 credits. Priority is given to business students. Students must have a minimum GPA of 2.3. Contact faculty program leader for exceptions.

Academics

Undergraduates will receive credit for BIT 3954 Study Abroad, and graduate students for BIT 5954 Study Abroad. This course can also be substituted for the Area 7 requirement. These credits count as elective credits and help to complete the requirements of Pamplin’s International Business Minor.
 
Students should expect class time pre-departure and post-departure, as this is a Spring Semester course.  Times to be announced.

Students must write a journal or blog of their experiences. Students will write about the sights and companies they visit. Keeping a journal and completing observations on cultural differences between Belize and the US is required. Participation in all activities of the program is required.

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Costs

Program Fee

Estimated program fee is $3,000. This includes airfare, lodging, meals, emergency insurance, cultural excursions and local transportation. The program fee does not include personal expenses and passport fees if needed. There is no additional VT tuition since the program is part of spring semester.

A non-refundable deposit of $1,000, payable online, is due upon acceptance to the program. A second payment of $1,000 will be due on December 10th, with the final amount of $1,000 due on January 10th. Click here for a cost breakdown.

Application Deadline: December 1st, 2017

University Tuition & Fees

There is no additional VT tuition since the program is part of spring semester.

Applying

Click the "Apply Now " button at the top of the page and follow the instructions. There are a few steps in the process. Be sure to complete the online Study Abroad Academic Review Form and Study Abroad Application.

Acceptance is first come first served. There are 14 seats available for the program. The program application deadline is December 1st so do not delay in applying.

Passports

Students need a passport valid for at least 3 months after return, June 11, 2018. Apply for your passport right away. You can apply at the Blacksburg Library on Miller Street or by appointment at the Post Office on University City Boulevard.

Contact Information

Dr. Lance Matheson
Business Information Technology
2072 Pamplin
(540) 231-5804
Lance@vt.edu

Linda Tanko
Academic Scholarships & Study Abroad Specialist
1046 Pamplin
(540) 231-3562
ltanko@vt.edu


Dates / Deadlines:
Term Year Deadline Decision Date Start Date End Date
Short term (Spring) 2018 02/01/2018 ** Rolling Admission 03/03/2018 03/11/2018

** Indicates rolling admission application process. Students will be immediately notified of acceptance into this program and be able to complete post-decision materials prior to the term's application deadline.