GINS 3200, Experiential Learning Abroad

This academic course is an experiential learning opportunity combining service work abroad with classroom instruction on the Carleton campus. Through experiential engagement outside of Canada, together with critical reflection, students will learn about the challenges and rewards of global engagement.  This course is open to all undergraduate students (not just BGInS students) with third year standing.  For BGInS students, it satisfies the International Experience Requirement.  Registration for the course is by permission of the department only and requires an application process.

Summer 2017: Belize

For the Summer 2017 term, the trip destination being offered is Belize, where students will partner with the organization, CELA Belize.

Service Project and Theme

This course is designed as a theory to practice philosophy. In the first portion of the class (approximately 3 weeks) students will discuss broader issues related to global engagement. In addition, students will learn about themes and information surrounding the service project that will be completed in Belize, which will focus on Indigenous rights.

In 2015, the Caribbean Court of Justice issued a consent order on the Maya Land Rights Case brought before it. This was a historic ruling for Belize and surrounding regions, reinforcing land rights for Maya people. While in Belize, students will work with the Toledo Alcalde Association and the Maya Leaders Alliance, the two main entities leading the movement for Maya Land Rights. Students will assist with projects that aim to increase awareness and communicate the meaning and implications of the Maya Land Rights ruling to Maya communities.

Click here to view a sample itinerary. *Please note this itinerary is a draft and will be updated closer to the travel date.

View the GINS 3200 Slide Deck from the January 20th meeting for attendees.

Course Capacity

There are 15-20 spots available in this course.


Estimated Program Costs: $3500 CDN (approximate cost, as USD exchange rates can fluctuate).

Program costs include: flights, in-country transit, accommodations, meals, project costs, and some cultural activities. Please note there are bursaries available to students registered in this course, which are allocated based on financial need (from $500-$2500). For all students registered in this course there will be fundraising opportunities organized by the Student Experience Office to assist in reducing the cost of this experience.

Tuition Fees

Applicable tuition fees for this course will be charged to your Student Account.


Application (Letter of Intent)

Interested students must prepare a one-page cover letter outlining their motivations for completing this course, and answer the following three questions (maximum of 500 words):

  • Please explain your reasoning/rationale for applying for the experiential learning abroad academic course.
  • What are you going to contribute to the group learning environment?
  • What are you hoping to learn/take away from this experience?

Apply here

Required Documentation

Students accepted into the course must complete the Carleton travel registry and the applicable forms and documents for GINS 3200.

Note: Only students who have received written confirmation that they have been accepted into the course should submit these forms.

For general inquiries about this course, please contact For all questions related to the International Experience Requirements (for BGInS students only), please contact