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Belize, Nursing

Belize 2019

Apply by December 1, 2018 

Program Sheet and Itinerary: Belize Program 

Info Sessions: 
  • Thursday, October 4, 12:00 pm, Linn Hall 1220
  • Thursday, October 25, 5:45 pm, Linn Hall 1216

The Course: GLS-120 Education Experience Abroad
This Spring semester course is intended for Nursing and Pre-Nursing students. You will volunteer at local clinics and hospitals in Belize. This program is offered through a partnership with Kaya Responsible Travel www.kayavolunteer.com. Pre-departure meetings will help prepare you for this service-learning program abroad. While abroad you will keep up a daily journal to utilize for the final portfolio presented in the post-experience meeting.

The Country:
Belize is an English speaking nation located south of Mexico in Central America. The country is bordered by Guatemala to the west and the Caribbean Sea to the east. Belize is home to one of the world's most mysterious civilizations – the ancient Maya. The Cayo District and Toledo's Deep South in particular are peppered with archaeological sites that date to the Maya heyday (AD 250–1000), where enormous steps lead to the tops of tall stone temples, often yielding 360-degree jungle views.

Your home base will be in the town of San Ignacio. San Ignacio is located 2 hours from Belize City, along the Western Highway and is known locally as Cayo. The town and the surrounding communities contain a diverse mix of Creole, Mayan and Mestizo populations. San Ignacio is an attractive market town set among pleasant tropical hills. The friendly people of San Ignacio enable rich cultural exchange. The service work will take place in clinics in the rural communities close to San Ignacio. Nursing and Pre-nursing students have the opportunity to learn about healthcare in another country as well as provide nursing services at clinics and hospitals in the area.

The Experience Highlights:
  • Spend spring break learning about healthcare and providing service hands-on in clinics near San Ignacio
  • Visit ancient ruins of Xunantunich (optional to tour on horseback)
  • Learn about medicinal herbs and traditional medicine still used today
  • Eat traditional Belizean foods
  • Travel on an excursion to Actun Tunichil Muknal Mayan site

Estimated Program Fee: $3,900
$1,000 Global Advantage Scholarship available!

Includes:
  • Airfare
  • Lodging at Nefrey’s Retreat volunteer guest house
  • Most meals
  • Health Insurance
  • Cultural excursions
  • Most In-Country Transit

Does not include:
  • Tuition: 3 credits, Spring 2019
  • Passport Fee
  • Personal Expenses

Program Contacts:

Trisha Swartzendruber Faculty, Nursing
319-398-5899 x4992 trisha.swartzendruber@kirkwood.edu
Linn Hall room 2172