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  • Locations: Punta Gorda, Belize
  • Program Terms: Spring Break
  • Budget Sheets: Spring Break
  • This program is currently not accepting applications.
Dates / Deadlines:

There are currently no active application cycles for this program.
Fact Sheet:
Study Abroad Adviser: Guthrie, Nancy
Program Director:
Law, Laurie Smith
Iowa State
Program Description:
Service-Learning in the Caribbean: Belize
Belize Group Photo
Consider a spring seminar course (HON 322 or LAS 291C) with a service-learning field component in Belize over spring break.


How about service-learning in Belize for spring break? Designed with new travelers in mind, and for those not ready to commit to a summer or semester-long experience, This program is built around a service-learning experience that places participants in the heart of a local community. The College of Liberal Arts and Sciences and the University Honors Program have teamed up with Kaya Volunteers to offer this "alternative" spring break experience. Although the program is primarily for first- and second-year undergraduates, other students in ANY major are welcome.

You will be able to engage with local residents working to build sustainable construction, offering classes in a school, or through other projects the community needs. Projects in 2012 through 2014 included solar latrines and clean-burning stoves. Students will work on a project in Punta Gorda, Belize. 

The program awards 2 credits of LAS 291/491 in service-learning reflection (or Honors seminar - HON 322) during the spring semester. The seminar starts when regular spring semester classes begin.

You can travel to Mayan ruins, learn about Garifuna culture by visiting a community in the area, and see the largest barrier reef in the Western Hemisphere--second only to the Great Barrier Reef off the coast of Australia. The service-learning field component includes travel on the Friday prior to spring break and the Monday after spring break.
[PHOTO, Belize]



The College of LAS and the Study Abroad Center may have scholarships for which you can apply (Click Programs above and be sure to select the Scholarship opportunities in the dropdown menu; once you find a scholarship that applies to you, click Apply Now to start an application.)

belize 5 

Tentative Itinerary for 2017

 March 10: 
  • Travel to Belize
 March 11-12:
  • Mayan Excursions
March 13-18: 
  • Service Project
March 18-19 
  • Markets and drumming
  • Snake Caye (Island)
March 20: 
  • Depart Belize
 "I learned that life-changing experiences come when you push yourself out of your comfort zone and do amazing things!"
-Morgan Shaver, Belize 2013


For more information, contact:
Laurie Smith Law at (the seminar class and program in general)
Nancy T. Guthrie at (help with the application process) 

You will be provided with letters asking your professors to accommodate your absences on Friday and Monday before and after spring break, respectively.

Sponsored by:
The University Honors Program
and the 

College of Liberal Arts and Sciences

This program is currently not accepting applications.