This program is for students in the Masters of Teaching program at the University of Arkansas who have been selected for this experience by Leah Chamberlin. University of Arkansas MAT students selected for this placement will spend the second half of the spring semester co-teaching in the Anglican primary schools (working with students in the equivalent of grades 7 and 8) in the community of Dangriga, a city of about 10,000 on the Caribbean coast. Students will have the opportunity to participate in various cultural events around Dangriga, as well as an opportunity to participate in a service project during the week of Easter vacation, coordinated by Peacework.
Belize abounds with ecological treasures, from the second largest barrier reef in the world to intricate cave systems and waterfalls in pristine tropical forests. Culturally and linguistically, the city is a fascinating mixture of Creoles, Mestizos, and Mayans, though it is dominated by the Garifunas, a Caribbean people descended from African slaves and indigenous groups, with English being the official language.
Despite its cultural and ecological resources, Belize is burdened by a large foreign debt and expanding trade deficit, the effects of which can be seen in a lack of financial resources for education, health, and social services. Widespread poverty is a natural result. Since 1994, Peacework has provided services to Belizean schools, support for literacy and education programs, and resources for increasing access to affordable health care.
Dangriga and the surrounding Stann Creek District is the site of a Peacework Village Network pilot program with the University of Arkansas where a remarkable variety of education, social services, health care, agricultural, engineering, and other projects are underway. Similar partnerships and tremendous service opportunities exist with schools, orphanages, social services, and others throughout the country from Placencia in the south to Corozal in the north.
Excerpt Courtesy of Peacework
Students will already have been assessed U of A College of Education tuition and fees for 15 credit hours for the spring semester. Additionally, students are responsible for their round-trip airfare, travel health insurance, $60 study abroad fee, housing, meals, local transportation, passport and personal expenses. The independent nature of this program allows students to determine their own extracurricular activities and meals, leaving flexibility not only in free time but also in the budget.
Click on the Budget above for a break-down of expected costs.
Scholarships and Financial Aid
Financial aid and scholarships are available to U of A students. College of Education students should apply for the COEHP Study Abroad Grants
. Students receiving a Pell grant should look into the Gilman International Scholarship
. Honors students should apply for study abroad grants through the U of A Honors College.
And all students should read through our scholarship page for more funding opportunities and deadlines
. Additionally, in most cases, you can also use your current scholarships and financial aid to help finance your time teaching abroad.
Students could be staying in a few different houses/hotels located in Dangriga (some rooms have air-condition upgrade possibilities, most do not). Rooms are typically 2-3 students/room. Please note: you will want to bring bug spray and light, long sleeves to ward off any unwelcome advances by insects.
For assistance with applications, costs, travel arrangements, etc., contact:
U of A Study Abroad Program Manager and Exchange Coordinator