Belize - Healthcare in Belize

Punta Gorda, Belize
November 4 - 21, 2016

Program Highlights

  • Gain experience in international health care systems
  • Participate in service-learning opportunities with local populations in the community, schools and clinics
  • Explore the cultural traditions of the country
  • Experience the diversity of Belize through tours of ruins, cave snorkeling, drumming lessons and experiences with a local healer

Program Description

This program is completed in the country of Belize. Students complete a portion of their community health clinical during this experience. Students will complete 10 hours of seminar related to the culture, health care, and social justice issues present in Belizean society. Students will participate in providing health care in the community and schools and service-learning opportunities in the community. Past service-learning projects have included health education in the community, mental health promotion in the schools, and health fairs in the community.

Students in this experience will learn to effectively communicate with diverse groups and disciplines using a variety of strategies. In addition, nursing students will utilize professional values and standards to provide community-based and population-focused care.

Program Cost

The estimated Program Fee is $3100. The final price will be confirmed with participants early in the fall semester. 

This price includes:

  • Accommodations during the program
  • Local transportation
  • Course-related excursions including cultural attractions and tours (as outlined in the program itinerary)
  • Program administrative costs and fees
  • Group meals

The Program Fee does not include:

  • Roundtrip airfare
  • Personal spending money
  • Activities, housing or transportation not associated with or included in the program


Students will stay in a hotel or bunkhouse style accommodations. Housekeeping and meals are provided. Internet is available in the accommodations. 


Dr. Rachelle Larsen is a professor in the Nursing Department with a specialty in public health; she has a significant amount of experience leading study abroad programs. For 3 of the last 4 years she directed the short-term South Africa Nursing study abroad program.