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  • Locations: Belize City, Belize; Caye Caulker, Belize; Orange Walk, Belize; San Ignacio, Belize
  • Program Terms: Spring Break
  • Courses Offered
Dates / Deadlines:
Term Year App Deadline Decision Date Start Date End Date
Spring Break 2018 11/15/2017 ** Rolling Admission 03/09/2018 03/18/2018

** Indicates rolling admission application process. Applicants will be immediately notified of acceptance into this program and be able to complete post-decision materials prior to the term's application deadline.
Program Description:


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Program Overview


Students provide support to the Deaf community of beautiful, tropical, Belize. Students who participate in this experience will work as a group with host organizations to provide a week-long series of workshop on the use of sign language and the importance of Deaf culture and of Deaf community empowerment in throughout Belize. The National Resource Center for Inclusive Education (NaRCIE) supports integrating deaf and disabled children into regular classrooms with support services so that all children can learn together. Although NaRCIE fosters cooperation with agencies and schools that share an inclusive approach, the dearth of teacher with specialized training creates challenges, therefore this program is ideal for CSD majors and special education majors. In students' off time, students will be able to explore the rain forests and coral reefs of the one of the most beautiful natural habitats on earth. Students arrive on a Friday and enjoy the following two days of relaxation and preparation for the week. Monday through Friday, students will support the workshops and will have opportunities to lead groups and give presentations. In the evenings, students can enjoy the charm of the country while strolling the Caribbean beaches and exploring the small-town destinations. 

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Application Process for Belize 

  1. Apply for the program at the top of this page by clicking “Apply Now”. (This does not commit you financially to the program, but rather provides a way for you to receive updated information regarding budget release and further information.) 
  2. Applicants are encouraged to submit their online application as early as possible. One important item is a signed course approval form which you can download from this link:  CAF Deaf Comm Support Belize 201801     
  3. Applications will be processed as they are received and students who are accepted into the program will have a place reserved for them in the program until the enrollment limit is reached. 
  4. Students who have submitted their applications after the enrollment limit is reached will be placed on a waiting list. After the deposit deadline, any reserved spaces in the program that become available will be given to wait-listed students, who will be required to submit the deposit immediately in order to secure that space.
 

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Location


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Belize, formerly British Honduras, is a country on the eastern coast of Central America. Belize is bordered on the north by Mexico, on the south and west by Guatemala, and on the east by the Caribbean Sea. Its mainland is about 290 km (180 mi) long and 110 km (68 mi) wide. Belize is one of the most beautiful countries in the Caribbean. It is also one of the poorest. As a result, the Belizean Deaf community is only beginning to work for its rights. 
 

 

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Host Institution

 

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Academic Program and Course Information


IDS 3947: CSD internship
IDS 3947: Special Education internship

Students are required to submit a reflection journal at the end of the trip. The journal should detail cultural, experiential, and professional lessons learned on the trip. This journal will be one of the primary ways that the students are evaluated for their grade in IDS 3947 course

How to complete the REQUIRED Course Approval Form:

  1. Download the required  Course Approval Form: CAF Deaf Comm Support Belize 201801
  2. Select your course(s) on the form,
  3. Get your academic advisor’s signature, and
  4. Upload your completed form to the Course Approval Form Questionnaire
 

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Faculty


Steven Surrency holds a Master’s Degree in Linguistics, a Master’s Degree in Philosophy, and in October, 2015 completing his PhD in Philosophy and Religion. He is a certified sign language interpreter who has traveled extensively in Europe and Latin America and is familiar with Deaf communities in many parts of Europe. Mr. Surrency has led groups of students in both national and international travel experiences. 

 

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Program Costs


Total cost of program: $2,744

COST INCLUDES
Tuition
Accommodations
All meals
Transportation in country
Excursions
Medical and Emergency Evacuation Insurance
 
COST DOES NOT INCLUDE
Airfare
Passport fees

 

 

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Living Arrangements


Double occupancy hotel accommodations. 
 

 

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Who Can Participate?


The National Resource Center for Inclusive Education (NaRCIE) supports integrating deaf and disabled children into regular classrooms with support services so that all children can learn together. Although NaRCIE fosters cooperation with agencies and schools that share an inclusive approach, the dearth of teacher with specialized training creates challenges, therefore this program is ideal for CSD majors and special education majors

 

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How and When to Pay

Please click here for further details regarding payment.

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Getting There


Students are require to get to Belize on their own. Instructions will be given to students prior to travel on specific airport for arrival. 

 

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Medical Insurance and Travel Documentation

USF provides program participants with sickness/accident and emergency medical evacuation insurance valid for the dates of the program. Those who will travel independently, either in advance of the program or after the program ends, must ensure that they have insurance coverage valid outside the U.S.

Please click here for more detailed information.

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Safety & Health

Participant's safety and well-being are paramount to USF. Please click here for detailed country-specific safety and health information given in our Country Study Report. Make sure to read up on country-specific information on the U.S. Department of State and Centers for Disease Control and Prevention websites.
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Financial Aid and Scholarship Funding

Many funding opportunities are available to USF students who are planning to study abroad. Please see our funding page for further details.

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Special Terms

Students should carefully review the Education Abroad Participant Contract, included in the Education Abroad application process. It describes students' responsibilities with regard to participation, and includes information on insurance, and cancellation and refund policies. Students will be asked to electronically sign this document. To view this document before applying, please click here.

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Contacts for More Information


Questions pertaining to the academic program in-country, courses or credits:

Dr. Steven Surrency
Dept. of Communications Sciences and Disorders, PCD 4023
Phone: (813) 767-3411
e-mail:  surrency@usf.edu

Questions regarding study abroad, program enrollment, registration and payment of fees:

Nancy Di Bella

Office: CGS 103
Phone: (813) 974-1969
E-mail: ndibella@usf.edu
 

 

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