Explore Guatemala and Belize

This special program allows eligible students to earn credit while studying in Guatemala and Belize. 

Prerequisites

In addition to instructor permission, when course registration opens for Summer 2019, students must sign up to take one of the following courses associated with the trip:

  • HSC 3820 Transcultural Biomedical Science: Students will explore the Belizean Barrier Reef system, the MesoAmerican rainforest and the ruins of Tikal. They will also participate in hands-on clinical experiences in Guatemala and Belize that are focused on natal care, diabetes management, reproductive services and HIV/AIDS awareness. Students will also interact with traditional shaman healers and learn about traditional medicinal plants. Clinical hours completed in this course fulfill the requirements for internship hours in HSC 3801 and HSC 4851.

  • BSCC 1362 Tropical Ecology: Students will explore the Belizean Barrier Reef system, the MesoAmerican rainforest and the ruins of Tikal. They will also participate in the replanting of rainforest tree zones. Students will interact with traditional shaman healers and learn about traditional medicinal plants. They will also explore the care of rescued exotic animals at the Belize Zoo. This course involves several hiking expeditions. Service-Learning hours are available during this trip.

How to Apply

Contact Dr. Chris Petrie at petriec@easternflorida.edu or 321-433-5080. March 15, 2019 is the last day to join the trip at the quoted price (airfare increases after that date), but students are encouraged to apply early to guarantee a spot. In addition to applying for the trip and registering for one of the required courses, students must also meet EFSC's general study abroad requirements.

Pricing and Accommodations

Space is limited. A $250 non-refundable deposit is required to hold your spot. Payment plans are available; please contact the instructor for additional details.

$3,300 program fee includes:
  • Roundtrip flights from Orlando to Central America
  • All accommodations while in Guatemala & Belize
  • 2-3 meals per day while in Guatemala & Belize
  • All required transportation while in Guatemala & Belize
Not included:
  • Eastern Florida State College tuition
  • Passport fees (a U.S. passport valid at least 6 months past the entry date is required)
  • Immunization fees
  • Supplementary travel insurance (optional, available upon request)
  • $30 Belize exit fee
  • Spending money

Dates & Contact Info

June 25 - July 10, 2019 

Dr. Chris Petrie
petriec@easternflorida.edu
321-433-5080

Important Deadlines

Last day to join the trip at the quoted price: March 15, 2019

Application and $250 holding deposit due: ASAP before March 15, 2019 

$850 airface deposit due: March 15, 2019

$1,100 housing deposit due: May 1, 2019

$1,100 food/activities deposit due: June 1, 2019

Date of departure: June 25, 2019

Date of return: July 10, 2019