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  • Locations: Punta Gorda, Belize
  • Program Terms: Spring Break
  • Budget Sheets: Spring Break
  • This program is currently not accepting applications.
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There are currently no active application cycles for this program.
Program Description:
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            University Honors Program & LAS Study Abroad present...
Service Learning in the Caribbean: Belize

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 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.
The program awards 3 credits of LAS 491C in service-learning reflection (or Honors seminar - LAS 491H) during the spring semester. The seminar starts when regular spring semester classes begin.

Throughout the study abroad component, you will:
  • Engage with local residents and work to build sustainable construction.
  • Offer classes in a school, or through other projects the community needs.
Projects in the past included solar latrines and clean-burning stoves. Students will work on a project in Punta Gorda, Belize.

Budget information is available by clicking here.  Please note that ISUAbroad budget sheets do not allow for the reflection of different rates of ISU tuition by major. Please see the budget sheet notes for more detailed information about expenses. 

Participants may be able to apply their financial aid packages to this program and should contact the Office of Student Financial Aid for further information.

Additional scholarship information can be found here:
Scholarships and Fellowships for International Study
ISU Scholarships
ISU Financial Aid


All participants in this program will be automatically enrolled in CISI, an international health insurance and emergency service plan. This insurance plan is required for all undergraduate and graduate students participating in ISU study abroad programs. The cost of the plan is $1.31 per day, and it has been built into the cost of the program fee. More information is available at the links below:

CISI Participant FAQ
International Insurance 101
CISI Policy Information
The application deadline for Spring Break 2018 is Nov. 30th, 2017. Accepted participants will be notified on a rolling basis upon submission of completed application. Once you are accepted to participate, you must either commit to or decline your offer in the ISUAbroad online application system. Those students who commit to participate are officially part of the program and will be responsible for all program costs listed on the ISUAbroad budget sheet. If you withdraw, you will be responsible for the withdrawal penalty outlined below, in addition to all non-recoverable program payments the college is obligated to make on your behalf. Appeals are possible in certain extenuating circumstances, such as family or medical emergencies. Charges will be applied to your U-bill.
31-60 days prior to program start date  $100
1-30 days prior  $200
Start date or after Full study abroad program fee                         
Program Directors
Laurie Smith Law & Mason Babcock;
515-294-4292; 515-294-4831
LAS Study Abroad Director

Nancy Guthrie
LAS study abroad website:



This program is currently not accepting applications.