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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

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 $1880 ($1,795* if 12 or more attendees) 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

Application is now open for the January 7-15, 2017 winter session experience.

At the time of application $285 which includes $85 application fee + $200 deposit are due (both are non-refundable).

The remaining payment totaling $1680 is due in two subsequent installments.

$840 is due on November 8 and $840 is due on December 8, 2016.

To apply for the program or for additional information please contact Jana Blaha at 716-829-3221 or

2017 Belize Information Session

Clinical Assistant Professors Jennifer Guay and Joann Sands will host an informational meeting for those with interest in the Belize 2017 trip:

Date: October 3, 2016
Time: 11:00 a.m.
Location: Wende Hall, 4th floor Skills Lab

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


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Watch our 2014 Belize study abroad video!

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