Project Description

Belize: Community Resilience

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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.

This 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.

Location

Belize City, Belize

Program Dates

July 8-20th, 2024 (Tentative)

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

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 to participate. All program applicants are encouraged to meet with their academic advisor to determine if and how this course may be applied to their program requirements and degree completion.

Course Information:

Schedule: TBA

Location: TBA

Accepted students will receive a Special Permission Number to self-register in Webreg for the following course:

  • ISSUES IN SOCIAL WORK | 21:910:347 | Section TBA (3 credits)
    • This course is being offered through the Department of Social Work.

Program Cost:

Travel Expenses:

The cost of travel for students accepted into ILE programs is mostly covered by a grant from the Office of the Chancellor at Rutgers Newark, meaning students are only responsible for the remaining travel fee.

  • Travel Fee: $1500
    • First Installment: $500
      • Upon acceptance into the program students will be required to submit a $100 deposit to confirm their spot. This deposit will be deducted from the first installment, the remainder of which will be due 60 days before the departure date.
      • After the first installment, students can pay the remaining Travel Fee balance in installments up until they graduate!
  • The grant and travel fee cover:
    • Flights
    • Accommodations
    • Meals
    • Transportation (In-country and to/from airport)
    • Activities, excursions, and cultural visits
    • Emergency Medical Access Abroad

The grant and travel fee do NOT cover Tuition and School fees.

Tuition & School Fees

Students will be charged for 3 credits and applicable school fees which will appear on your Rutgers term bill during the term you study abroad.

To determine the per-credit cost of your participation, please review the Summer Tuition and Fees.

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.

If you have never had an adult U.S. passport and are interested in getting one for free, please check out the Passport to the World Initiative!

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.

Policies:

ILE Policies

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