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  • Locations: Belize City, Belize; San Pedro, Belize
  • Program Terms: Spring Break
  • Courses Offered
  • This program is currently not accepting applications.
Dates / Deadlines:

There are currently no active application cycles for this program.
Fact Sheet:
Language of Instruction:
English
Eligibility Requirements:
Degree Seeking
Open to:
USF Students
Credit Offered:
USF Credit
Program Advisor:
Nancy Di Bella
Sponsoring College:
College of Behavioral and Community Sciences
Program Primary Subject:
Communication Science and Disorders
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 workshop on the use of sign language and the importance of Deaf culture and of Deaf community empowerment in San Pedro, Belize. 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 Saturday and enjoy two days of relaxation and preparation for the week. Monday through Friday, students support the workshop and will have opportunities to lead groups and give presentations. In the evenings, students can enjoy the charm of San Pedro while strolling the Caribbean beaches and exploring the small-town destination. On Friday night, the students will enjoy a farewell celebration to recognize all the good work that they have accomplished. 

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. Submit 2-3 names of professors/instructors that can provide an academic/character reference for you. Also submit a short paragraph explaining why you want to go on this trip and what your background is in ASL (what classes your have taken, etc.) 
  3. Email this paragraph and the names for references to surrency@usf.edu .
  4. Dr. Surrency will read paragraphs only from those who have applied through this website. 
  5. Once the paragraphs have been reviewed, Dr. Surrency will email you and may schedule an informal interview if needed. 
  6. Once you have been approved by Dr. Surrency, he will email Nancy Di Bella [Education Abroad Advisor] and Kerry Jablonski (CSD’s Advisor). Kerry must sign the course approval form. 
All signed course approval forms must be submitted to Education Abroad. 

Download the Course Approval Form from this link: CAF Deaf Comm Support Belize 201701
 

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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 course [Cooperative Internship]

Download the required program course approval form hereCAF Deaf Comm Support Belize 201701

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

 

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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: $2,217 + tuition for 1 credit hour [$173.39]

COST INCLUDES
International airfare
Accomodations
Some meals
Transportation in country
Excursions
Medical and Emergency Evacuation Insurance
 
COST DOES NOT INCLUDE
Tuition
Some meals
Passport fees

 

 

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Living Arrangements


Double occupancy hotel accommodations. 
 

 

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Who Can Participate?


Students who have completed ASL 4 or have instructor approval. 

 

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How and When to Pay

Please click here for further details regarding payment.

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Getting There


TBD

 

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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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This program is currently not accepting applications.