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International Experiences: Belize

University at Buffalo School of Nursing students in Belize during Winter Intersession 2016.

The UB School of Nursing offers a winter session service learning trip to Belize. This interactive experience prepares students to care for the global population and examine factors that contribute to health disparities and their impact on the global community, encouraging students to further develop the skills of advocacy, collaboration, cultural competency and ethical decision-making.  

About Belize

Location: Central America, east coast
Size: 8,800 sq mi (22,800 sq km)
Climate: Tropical
Capital: Belmopan
Population: ~340,800
Official Language: English
Other Languages: Kriol (Belizean Creole), Garifuna, Mandarin, Spanish, Maya

Belize Fees and Applications: 2018

The Belize experience takes place in January during the winter break. Students meet on campus the week prior to departure to review preparations for this experience. Students will complete a daily journal for this experience and upon returning to the United States, students will present a group video project. This final presentation may be presented through remote access/videoconferencing.

Cultural immersion experience includes:

  • Caring for patients in village, clinic and home settings under the supervision of UB Nursing faculty.
  • Visiting local the hospital and the University of Belize School of Nursing.
  • A balance of work and recreational experiences.

Program Fee

Program fee $1995 (+$85 application fee) includes:

  • Hotel accommodations (2-3 students per room); students will also enjoy an overnight stay at the beach in Caye Caulker
  • Two meals per day
  • Cultural visits
  • In-country transportation/airport transfers

*Students responsible for: round-trip airfare | airport departure tax | one meal per day | personal expenses | passport fees | evacuation & health insurance [Approximate total: $1,500]

Application Information

  • Applications for the January 2018 winter session experience are due October 18, 2017.
  • At the time of application, an $85 application fee plus a $285 deposit will be required with $200 deducted from the program fee. 
  • The remaining payment is due in two subsequent installments:
    • First installment of $897.50 is due November 2, 2017 
    • Final payment of $897.50 is due December 2, 2017
  • To apply for the program or for additional information please contact Jackie Martek at 716-829-3537 or

2018 Belize Information Session


Belize Service Learning Contacts

For more information on the program, program fees, and/or eligibility requirements please contact:

Joann Sands, DNP, ANP-BC

Clinical Assistant Professor

228 Wende Hall

Phone: 716-829-2342


Jennifer Guay, DNP, RN

Clinical Assistant Professor

225 Wende Hall

Phone: 716-829-3882


312 Wende Hall

Phone: 716-829-2393