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Belize Summer Teacher Institute


     Belize Summer Teaching     

The Summer Teacher Institute in Western Belize is designed to enhance understanding of a variety of concepts and issues in environmental education through participation in a cross-cultural learning experience. Learning will occur through an array of hands-on experiences, active participation in field research, and ongoing collaboration with individuals in the education field.

Curricula will focus on Ancient Mayan civilization, Archeology, Ecotourism, Conservation, and acquiring an understanding and appreciation of the rainforest. The program will be further enhanced by related excursions, presentations by local experts in the environmental field, and cultural experiences and events.


City, Country 

Cayo District, Western Belize




 2014 Dates: July 11th- July 20th


The Institute is designed for:
Graduate Students
Practicing Teachers
Qualified Professionals
Junior or Senior Undergraduates

Preference is given to graduate students, practicing teachers and qualified professionals.
Undergraduate Juniors or Seniors with a minimum GPA of 3.0  if space allows.

A minimum of 6 participants is required. 

Application Deadline

2014 Application Preference Date:  April 1, 2014
April 1- June 1: Applications accepted under the condition that the Non-Web Registration Form is submitted within 2 weeks of acceptance with full payment of billable charges (program fee, tuition and fees).

Graduate Students,Practicing Teachers & Qualified Professionals:
Please complete and submit:
Belize Summer Teaching Institute Application
Belize Summer Teacher Institute Reference Form

Undergraduate Students: Please complete SUNY application.

Non-Cortland Participants: Please return completed Judicial Review (to be completed by home campus judicial officer if current undergraduate or graduate student. Working professionals not currently enrolled in a matriculated graduate program should complete page one only) and Code of Conduct (all participants) forms along with the SUNY application.

Travel Information

All Participants take Group Transportation Arranged by SUNY Cortland From the Belize Airport to the Site of the Institute: the Lodge at Chaa Creek.

Particpants will book their own flights from the airport of their choice. Transportation from the airport to Chaa Creek will be provided as long as participants arrive within a 1 hour window of time on July 4th (time of preferred arrival to be announced). If arriving outside preferred time, transportation will be provided for an additional fee.

Program Costs

2014 Graduate Budget 

2014 Undergraduate Budget

Program Course Information

Through cross-cultural collaborations with Belizean teachers, students will acquire first-hand knowledge and enhanced understanding of a variety of concepts and issues in environmental education and work with a new literacy campaign designed around "Pat the Cat: A Jaguar's Journey".

Participants will earn 3 undergraduate or graduate credits.

2014 Faculty Leaders: Dr. Beth Klein (Childhood/Early Childhood) & Susan Stratton (Childhood/Early Childhood)

2013 Syllabus

2013 Schedule


All Participants will stay in the Camp Casitas at the Macal River Jungle Camp. 

Host Website

Explore Belize through the Belize Tourism Board

Belize photo album

Student Mentors

Emailour student mentor for more information about Belize Summer Teacher Institute! Both participated in the summer of 2013

Heather Connors

Kendalyn Withey

 Program Advisor

Contact Gonda Gebhardt, SUNY Cortland Study Abroad Advisor, for any questions you may have.