Belize Study Tour Planning Trip

Document Type

Grant Proposal

Date Accepted

Spring 2006

Project Description/Abstract

The Central American country of Belize offers a unique opportunity for our students to learn about the history, society, and culture of this former British colony, inhabited by descendants of former slaves, Mestizo migrants, and other ethnic and religious groups. Unlike much of Hispanic Latin America, Belize is a predominantly Afro-Caribbean, English-speaking country tucked between Mexico and Guatemala. A democracy, Belize has struggled to overcome persistent poverty, lack of resources, and an inability to develop a self-sustaining economy, as it has struggled to retain a richly blended population of approximately 200,000 citizens. This proposal is to develop a Belize Study Tour, through which students will be exposed to the complex history, culture, and society of Belize, through an anthropological participant observation study tour format. I will travel to Belize to meet with representatives from Belen University, San Ignacio, Belize, and to inspect possible sites, to develop a Study Tour educational plan and explore other education exchange opportunities.

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