Project Description

Belize: Community Resilience & Wellness

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Clayton Walton
Clayton WaltonInstructor
Clayton L. Walton has spent the last 19 years designing student development initiatives that challenge participants to intentionally engage their college experience. As the Executive Director of Globally Engaged Experiential Learning and Assistant Professor in the School of Public Affairs and Administration, Clayton promotes a holistic student development philosophy that informs the design and implementation of his coursework, study away programs and co-curricular initiatives.

Traveling overseas, our Belize intensive field study combines cultural excursions, service learning and extensive engagement opportunities with local indigenous populations and community-based organizations. Utilizing an experiential learning framework, our program will explore the socio-economic complexities of Belize in hopes of understanding many of the challenges developing nations in the Caribbean and Central America encounter. Integrating the United Nations’ Sustainable Development Goals, our course explores themes related to indigenous communities, cultural conservation, environmental conservation, traditional agricultural practices, land sovereignty, ecotourism and sustainable business practices, k-12 education, community health and wellness, and women and gender issues.


Belize City, Belize

Program Dates

March 9 – March 16, 2024 (Confirmed)

Who Can Participate

  • Rutgers undergraduate students who have:
    • completed 12+ credits
    • related coursework
    • approval from the faculty director as well as their advisor
  • Rutgers graduate students

No previous knowledge of Spanish is required in order to apply for this program.

Related Areas of Study

  • Social Work
  • Ecology
  • Cultural Immersion

Important Note: This is not a complete list. We value diverse perspectives in our programs and encourage students from all majors and professions for participate. All program applicants are encouraged to meet with their academic advisor to determine if and how this course may be applied towards their program requirements and degree completion.

Course Code:

Students self-register in Webreg and choose the following two course:

  • Community Resilience & Wellness 21:910:347 | Section 1 (3 credits)
    • This course is being offered through the Department of Social Work.



Travel and Visa Information:

Passport: All program participants are required to have a valid passport, which must be valid for at least six months beyond the program end date.

Visa: US Citizens do not need a visa for visits to Belize that are shorter than 30 days.

Pre-Departure Resources:

US State Department

Center for Disease Control.


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