Belize: International Teaching Externship

Winter: Mid-January to Mid-February
Summer: Mid-May to Mid-June


Program Description:

The CSB/SJU International Teaching Externship (ITE) program is a 3-4 week international opportunity where students will have a chance to work as a teaching assistant and/or team teacher in one of several locations.  The ITE program is a professional teaching experience you participate in following your teaching internship (student teaching) experience in the US. ITE partners with ProWorld to provide on-site support in Belize.  It is an additional opportunity to put your teaching skills into use in an international environment as you work with an on-site cooperating teacher. Teaching internationally is a great way to set yourself apart from others on job applications. ITE will be a professional adventure you will never forget!

Belize Location- Belizean Schools: As Belize was once a colony of the English, the country follows the English system of education. Under this system, there are three levels like primary, secondary, and tertiary. The primary education of every Belizean child continues for 8 years that includes two years of infanct classes and another six standards. Primary education in Belize is mandatory and free. The seconday education of Belize continues for four years. Many schools in Belize are affiliated by church but the government also supports these schools.

Program Cost:

ProWorld Program Fee: (3 weeks) is $2900 San Ignacio. Students will be given a $500 stipend to offset program costs.

This program fee includes:

  • Full room and board (bunk house or home stays)
  • All onsite domestic transportation upon arrival
  • Roundtable discussion with community/school members
  • Transportation to and from schools each day
  • One cultural or adventure activity per week (beach weekend included)
  • Pre-trip organizational discussions and program materials
  • Extensive staff support throughout all phases of the program
  • 24-hour emergency access to support staff and offices
  • Travel insurance for each participant
  • Liability insurance for CSB/SJU and students

The estimated price does not include:

  • Airfare- MSP to Belize (May 16th- June 16th) estimated at        $ 790
  • Personal spending money                                                              ???
  • Total Estimated expenses:                                                             $ 3690
  • Stipend to offset costs:                                                                   -  500
  • Total Estimated expenses after stipend*                                    $ 3190

                   * This estimate does not include spending money.




  • Completed e-application submitted by First Day of C Mod, 6:00pm, during the semester prior to the ITE program
  • You will complete 16 weeks of student teaching in the US
  • Application approval by the ITE Director
  • Once approved, submit non-refundable deposit of $200 by date provided with approval notice.
  • Once deposit is received, Education will register you for EDUC 368 (1-2) during same semester as student teaching
  • Signed contract with Education regarding EDUC 368 and stipend requirements
  • Attendance at two pre-ITE and on post-ITE cohort meetings
  • Valid passport at the time of departure
  • Students must have an ability to pay all travel expenses and personal expenses including room and board
  • Belieze has a 90-Day guest Visa arrangement so no Visa is needed. Remember when you arrive you are to state you are there as a tourist only, NOT as a student or worker.

Suggested Timetable:

 Fall Student Teaching:
          Depart for ITE site mid-January
          Arrivial in host country by defined date - TBA
          Work in host K-12 schools as teaching assistant or team-teacher for 3-4 weeks
          Return to USA or travel on own

Spring Student Teaching:
          Depart mid-May after graduation
          Arrivial in host country by defined date - TBA
          Work in host K-12 schools as teaching assistant or team-teacher for 3-4 weeks
          Return to USA or travel on own

ITE Director Professor Janet Grochowski, PhD, Chair