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  • Locations: San Ignacio, Belize; San Pedro, Belize
  • Program Terms: Spring
  • This program is currently not accepting applications.
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Program Advisor: Taylor Uselmann Program Type: Faculty-Led Programs
Total CCE Cost: 4100.00 Deposit Amount: 250
Program Description:
Culture, History and Tradition in Belize

In this course, we will split our time between the mountainous primarily Maya region with a week in the town of San Ignacio and the maritime zone with three days in San Pedro.  We will meet contemporary Maya who are working to recapture the history and stories of the ancestors, visit ancient sites with Maya guides, participate in a hieroglyphic workshop with Maya students, learn about the ways in which the old traditions and religious practices were maintained over time by being grafted on to Catholicism, visit some sacred Maya ritual sites, and explore the ancient practices of herbal healing.  And explore cooking and culinary techniques and artistic traditions still employed by contemporary artists.  In San Pedro, we will learn about the Garifuna people and have lessons in Kriol, and explore the maritime and island lifestyle by meeting fishermen and conservation officers who struggle to keep traditional practices alive in the face of the increasing tourist presence which threatens the reef and, because of uncontrolled growth, has overwhelmed the infrastructure on fragile and vulnerable islands.

TENTATIVE Itinerary (note that dates and activities may shift slightly)

May 27, Monday: Arrival
Afternoon:    Arrive to Belize Airport
Afternoon:    Transport to San Ignacio and hotel check in
Evening:        Lecture - The History of Maya Civilization
Overnight in San Ignacio
May 28, Tuesday: Xunantunich and Belize Botanical Gardens
7-8am:            Breakfast at the hotel
9-12pm:          Tour of Xunantunich
12-2pm:          Lunch break
2-5pm:            Tour of Botanical Gardens (Maya ethnobotany focus)
6-7pm:            Lecture: Maya Calendars
Overnight in San Ignacio
May 29, Wednesday: Caracol
7-8am:            Breakfast at hotel
8-10am:          Transport to Caracol
10-1pm:          Exploring Caracol
1-2pm:            Picnic lunch at the site
2-4pm:            Return to San Ignacio
Evening:        Lecture: Many Cultures of Belize
Overnight in San Igancio
May 30, Thursday: ATM Caves
7-8am:            Breakfast
8-9:30am:       Transport and hike to caves
10-1pm:          Exploring Actun Tunichil Muknal (ATM) caves
1-2pm:            Picnic lunch
2-4pm:            Cooking class
Overnight in San Ignacio
May 31, Friday: Hieroglyphic Workshop
7-8am:            Breakfast at hotel
Morning:       Hieroglyphic workshop with local students
12-2pm:          Lunch break
Afternoon:    Heiroglyphic workshop with local students
Overnight in San Ignacio
June 1, Saturday: Hieroglyphic Workshop
7-8am:            Breakfast at hotel
Morning:       Hieroglyphic workshop with local students
12-2pm:          Lunch break
2-4pm:            Tour of Cahal Pech ruins
Overnight in San Ignacio
June 2, Sunday: Zoo and to the Cayes
7-8am:            Breakfast and hotel check out
8-11am:          Transport to and tour of Belize Zoo
11-2pm:          Lunch on the road and transport to the boat docks
2-4pm:            Boat to Ambergris Caye and hotel check in
Evening:        Free time in San Pedro
Overnight in San Pedro
June 3, Monday: Reef Ecology
7-9am:            Breakfast at hotel
9-11pm:          Lectures on Belizean reef ecology
11-1pm:          Lunch break
1-5pm:            Snorkeling the reef
Evening:        Free time in San Pedro
Overnight in San Pedro
June 4, Tuesday: Marine Biology
7-9am:            Breakfast at hotel
All day:          Marine biology snorkeling trip – lunch on boat
Evening:        Final dinner and course closing ceremonies
Overnight in San Pedro
June 5, Wednesday: Departure
8-9am:            Breakfast and check out
9-10am:          Flight to Belize City Airport
Afternoon:    Flights back to the states

Instructor: Philip Krejcarek and Ellen Barclay
Term: Spring 2019
Course Meeting Time: Wednesdays 4-5:50
Tentative Travel Dates: May 27th - June 5th 2019
Estimated Cost: $4000-4100 depending on number of students.  
Course credits: 2

Students requesting accommodations for their CCE should contact The Office for Students with Disabilities at the Walter Young Center by calling 262-524-7335 to set up an appointment with Marty Bledsoe. 

This program is currently not accepting applications.