January Term in Belize: Experiential Learning in Nursing and Public HealthCommunity Clinic

Program Highlights:

CSUSM students will join faculty and ProWorld Service Corps to engage in a short-term development project in San Ignacio, Belize.  This service learning will enable students to engage with the community through public health education, community health outreach, educational assistance, and special community projects.

One cultural and one adventure activity each week will be available to students in addition to service learning and course work.  Past activities have ranged from trips to local waterfalls to regional dance lessons.

Academic Calendar:

January 6-20, 2013

Academic Focus:

Nursing Track:

For Nursing students, participants can earn up to thirty hours toward their Spring 2013 Nursing 445 or Nursing 447 Community Health courses.Octavia Waight Centre for Aging

Primary Faculty Contact:  Professor Nancy Romig, nromig@csusm.edu;

Professor Linnea Axman, laxman@csusm.edu

Language of Instruction:



Upper-division standing in Nursing.  Please see faculty contact for meeting additional course prerequisites.

Fulfillment of Academic Requirements:

Nursing:  Earning field work hours toward Spring 2013 NURS 445 or NURS 447


All program participants will be placed in shared rooms at a local guest house.  Meals will be prepared by local cooks and served family style to allow time for reflection on the day's challenges and successes.  Volunteers will have all of their basic needs met including comfortable beds, indoor plumbing, and showers.  It is important to note that living conditions will not always mirror American standards, but will always place emphasis on safety, cleanliness, and a friendly environment.  

ESTIMATED COST:San Ignacio Market


All fees include observation hours in Nursing, full room and board, medical insurance, and limited weekly activities.  Airfare and personal expenditures are NOT included in the program cost.

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Please be sure to read the fine print concerning change fees, taxes, luggage restrictions, etc. before booking.  Whenever possible, book directly with an airline.

To Apply:

  1. Fill out the application below and return to Global Education, Craven 3200 with your $200 deposit no later than Monday, October 1.  Only cash or checks made payable to CSUSM will be accepted.  Space is first come, first served.
  2. Final payment of $2,200 is due no later than NOON Friday, November 16 to the Office of Global Education.  Only checks made payable to CSUSM will be accepted.
  3. Attend the pre-departure orientation held by your faculty to get acclimated to program goals and features.

Belize January Term Application:Belize Ruins

Click here to view the powerpoint from the ProWorld Info Session for further program information.

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