Important Note:

The Summer 2020 section of GINS 3200 has been cancelled.

GINS 3200 Experiential Learning Abroad (Belize)

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

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.

Last year, students participating in geographical community mapping – supporting the indigenous populations of Belize in identifying and establishing geographical borders to the lands they reclaimed. In future offerings, students can expect to expand on this project and explore community consultation models.

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.

Financial Support

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 this bursary. In 2019, all GINS 3200 students who applied received some funding. The SEO will provide students with a personal contribution page they can use to raise funds towards covering the cost of their experience.


Applications for future offerings will be provided at a later date.

Required Documentation

Students accepted into the course are required to 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