Field Experience to Belize
"I saw that the next group of students studying abroad in Belize is coming up! That is soooo exciting and I am so lucky to have been able to be a part of such a wonderful opportunity. Everything from the local cultural experiences, to meeting and spending time with principals from NC were absolutely priceless experiences! Dr. C and Dr. K, you make the experience amazing and I honestly couldn't imagine having a better experience abroad!"
Field Experience to Belize Spring, 2015
The purpose of this course is to provide teacher candidates with:
1) active participation in a five week field experience in Belize, Central America using an indigenous curriculum.
2) the opportunity to teach lessons during an international field experience, thereby giving students an opportunity to collaborate with Belizean teachers and provide instruction to Belizean children, merging US teaching methodologies with Belizean strategies.
3) and negotiating understanding of each participant’s conceptual framework with an international educational framework.
Field Experience to
Belize Spring 2015 Meetings
Departure Meeting -
Monday, March 14th 9-3 PM
Agenda Meeting Notes
Field Experience to
Belize Fall 2014 Meetings
- Office of International Programs (OIP) Applications and Deposits ($500) are due prior to meeting #2 by 3:00 PM on Friday, November 14th.
- Students must have required forms and documents for Belizean Teacher Certification completed and submitted to Dr. Catapano by Monday, December 1st.
- See the application checklist on the OIP website
- Class Syllabus: EDN 455 Spring 2015 and EDN 592 Spring 2015
- Student Committees: Link Here
- See the Proposed Itinerary here!
- See the International Recommended Flight Schedule here
- See the Domestic Belize Flight Schedule here
- See the Proposed Budget - Remember, I always round way up with all the numbers, so this is always on the high end of the cost structure.
- Depart for International Field Experience in Belize – Wednesday, March 18th
- Arrive back from International Field Experience to North Carolina – Saturday or Sunday, April 25th or 26th
This International Field Experience (EDN 455) will provide 5 weeks of daily experiences in selected primary or secondary schools in San Pedro, Belize.
Students will observe Belizean teachers in schools, provide instructional support, keep electronic journals of their experience, record and analyze similarities and differences of the Belizean educational system studied with their traditional internship experience, and develop curricula and support materials based upon this international experience.
Students will also engage in a service project in Belize that is student focused and serves the needs of the school-based community.
This international field experience will focus on the following: current field experience experiences in global education; the development, implementation, and assessment of curricular materials; and the evaluation and integration of relevant pedagogy and technology in the international classroom.
Documentary Film Festival
Using FLIP cameras, video cameras, smart phones, or tablets, UNCW WCE teacher candidates planned, captured, edited and prepared 10-minute video documentaries that
addressed an educational or societal issue seen in Belize. Students worked together in groups of 2 or 3 to summarize their work and tell a story.
A Red Carpet Event was held on Thursday, May 7th at 5 p.m. in Room 162 in the Watson College of Education to celebrate the work done by our teacher candidates. Documentaries were viewed by family, friends and significant others and traditional Belizean food was served.
See last year's video documentaries here:
- American Crocodile Education Sanctuary - Link Here
- An Artistic Legend: Kirt Jason Cruz - Link Here
- Chocolate in Belize - Link Here
- A Melting Pot of Languages - Link Here
- Running Through Belize: Link Here
- San Pedro High School Students Visit the United States: Link Here
- Talking with Kayla: A Film about Acceptance: Link Here
The following dates have been selected to conduct interviews:
- Week of September 15th - 19th
- Week of September 22nd - 26th
- Week of September 29th - October 3rd
*Final selection will be made by Monday, October 6th
*IFE Belize Applications for participation are due in my mailbox on Friday, September 12th by midnight. All applications are to be completed and submitted electronically to: firstname.lastname@example.org
*The committee will select students for interviews by Wednesday, September 17th.
There are THREE ‘Field Experience to Belize, Spring 2014’ informational meetings planned for week 1 in August and TWO more scheduled for week 2 (Sept. 3rd -6th). The meetings will last no longer than one hour. Each applicant must attend one of the five meetings, if interested in learning more about this exciting opportunity!
- Monday, August 25th at 5:00 PM in Room 162, Watson College of Education.
- Tuesday, August 26th at 12:00 Noon in Room 162, Watson College of Education.
- Wednesday, August 27rd at 5:00 PM in Room 162, Watson College of Education.
See Recruitment Flyer here
- Poster Presentation, Wednesday, September 3rd at 2:30 in the Watson College Patio Area, Ice Cream Reception
- Thursday, September 4th at 5:00 PM in Room 229, Watson College of Education.
- Friday, September 5th at 12:00 Noon in Room 162, Watson College of Education.
See Recruitment Flyer here
Wonderful to see our UNCW WCE field experience to Belize program featured as part of a story connecting our teaching candidates with children in Wilmington (Codington Elementary School) and in Belize! The 'Connect All Schools' website highlights "organizations linking US schools with others around the world." The drive is to emphasize "coming together in a new Connect All Schools consortium designed to meet a very specific goal: to connect every school in the US with the world by 2016." See the story here!