Experiential Learning Abroad (Belize): Summer 2018

This course provides an opportunity for students to undertake a service-learning project facilitated by our partner organization in Belize, the Center for Engaged Learning Abroad (CELA).  In Belize, students work with local peoples on a project identified by the community. A Carleton faculty member teaches the course.  The course involves three weeks of classes on the Carleton campus, followed by a two-week field experience in Belize, and concluding with a final one week of classes at Carleton. The Student Experience Office (SEO) handles all logistics for the course, including booking accommodations and airfare.

Academic Theme 2018

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 region, reinforcing land rights for the Maya people. Since obtaining legal protections for their lands, Maya communities have worked to identify next steps in planning their development path. The Maya Development Vision has emerged from a consultative and participatory process involving formal leaders and community representatives. While in Belize, students will partner with CELA Belize and Maya communities in the Toledo District to help develop and pilot communication materials that will be used to promote the Maya Development Vision. Students will work under the guidance of Dr. Filiberto Penados, who facilitated the development of the vision, and local leaders, including members of the Maya Leaders Alliance/Toledo Alcalde Association. This project represents a continuation of the partnership between Carleton University, CELA Belize, and Maya communities in southern Belize. Dr. Chris Brown will be the instructor for the 2018 Belize experience. More details on the course can be found here.

GINS 3200 students in their classroom, Belize 2017

Course Capacity

There are up to 15 spots available in this course.


Estimated cost of $3,000 (Paid to SEO for flights, accommodations, local transportation, and meals). Students will be required to pay tuition as well, and applicable tuition and fees for this course will be applied to your Student Account.

Please note, the IER bursary is available to BGInS students registered in this course, and allocated based on financial need. Students in other departments are also eligible to apply for bursaries. In 2017, all GINS 3200 students who applied received some funding. The SEO will provide students with a contribution page they can use to raise funds towards covering the cost of their experience.


The GINS 3200 application is due December 7th, 2018. Students are encouraged to apply as soon as possible, as applications will be reviewed on a rolling basis. If the course is full, priority will be given to BGINS students completing their International Experience Requirement.

Video footage from the 2017 GINS 3200 Experiential Learning Abroad course in Belize.

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 Niamh.oshea@carleton.ca.