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  • Locations: Bladen Rainforest Reserve, Belize; Placencia, Belize
  • Program Terms: Interim/J-Term
  • This program is currently not accepting applications.
Fact Sheet:
Fact Sheet:
Language Prerequisite: NO Housing Options: Other
Language of Instruction: English Program Including Multi-Country Travel: NO
Program Type: Bethel Faculty-Led Program Internship/Service-Learning/Practicum Availability: NO
Program Meets Bethel Residency Requirement: YES Minimum GPA: 2.5
Eligibility by Grade Level: 2-sophomore, 3-junior, 4-senior Open to all majors: YES
Gen Ed Tags: A - Artistic Experience, Z-tag Cross-Cultural Experience
Program Description:
belize - travel writing 1

Course number: ENW303AZ, 3 credits (see course description)

Course description 
Study in the rainforest of Belize provides new opportunities to use writing to explore your expanding world. We will practice the art and craft of travel writing in the company of other enthusiastic explorers. Be ready for adventure! Our activities will include hiking in the rainforest, a stay in a Mopan Maya village, learning to make chocolate, and snorkeling off the Belize barrier reef. Focus on reading travel writing from the past and present, and writing about one’s own travel experience as it is happening.

• Applicants must have a 2.2 GPA and be in good standing

• General education: "A" Artistic Experience
• General education: "Z" Cross-cultural experience

Course leaders 
April Vinding, English Literature and Journalism,
Jamie Hudalla, English and Journalism,

Enrollment 15 students (applicant selection will be done by the professors)
Where: Bladen Rainforest Reserve, Belize and surrounding areas

Tentative Dates: 
Approx. Dates:  January 6- January 26, 2023

Jan 6          Depart MSP
Jan 6-8       Maya Centre
Jan 9-21     BFREE Field Station
Jan 22-25   Placencia
Jan 25        Tropical Education Center
Jan 26        Return to MSP

** Due to the nature of Faculty-Led programs, course dates and times are subject to change.
Estimated program fee: $5,358** (excluding tuition*) includes: round-trip airfare from MSP, inter-and intra-country transportation, course-related excursions, room, meals, and travel medical insurance. Students are responsible for optional entertainment and transportation expenses (including sightseeing), passport, immunizations, telephone, laundry, and other personal expenses. 

Students will pay in three separate payments for their interim course starting in the fall semester. Students can also use loans by checking with the financial aid office.

*See policies for more information

**Due to the nature of Faculty-Led programs, program costs are subject to change.

• After this date, you will receive notice of your application status (tentative approval, wait list, conditional, etc).
• Non-Bethel students will be considered for course participation after the priority deadline.


PLEASE NOTE: Final acceptance is contingent upon approval from Bethel’s Business Office in the fall. Students with account balances over $2000 in early September will not receive final approval or be allowed to participate in the program.


• Once a course reaches its maximum enrollment students may be placed on a wait list. Students must submit all application materials to be on the course wait list.
• A non-refundable confirmation deposit will not be required until a cancellation occurs and wait list student moves to accepted status. 


• The cost of interim tuition is covered for students who are full-time both fall and spring semesters. Students who are not full-time both semesters will need to pay the appropriate interim tuition costs in addition to the stated program fee.
• Students should review individual course descriptions and consult faculty to know exactly what is and what is not included in the program fee.
• Costs listed in spring promotional material are approximate and are based on a minimum of 15 students per course. Every effort is made to operate the program at the stated price. However, the OIS reserves the right to adjust fees due to dollar devaluation, fuel surcharges and general inflation. Final course costs will be set in September.
• Students will receive a payment schedule for their course in the fall. The program fee will be divided into three payments due September 1, October 1, and November 1. (Students taking out additional loans for their program will not be expected to meet those payment deadlines.)

An accepted student must submit an Intent to Withdraw cancellation form to the study abroad office to avoid further penalty beyond the loss of their $38 application processing charge. Withdrawal forms are available in the Study Abroad Office (CC320A).

Decisions as to whether courses with low enrollment will be offered will be made on or before September 17th. If a course is not offered due to low enrollment students may transfer to another open course or receive a full refund (excluding unrecoverable expenses, if any).

If an accepted student withdraws after considerable payments have been made, they will not only forfeit their $38 application processing charge, but also all unrecoverable costs the University paid on their behalf. After the Priority Deadline, course instructors and/or the study abroad office begin making payments to reserve airfare, room, board, etc. Even if the student has not made additional payments, money may have been spent to hold their position and there may be unrecoverable costs. Depending on the date of cancellation, the entire course fee may be forfeited.

All travelers must be able to move independently for up to 10 miles per day and navigate through narrow entryways.

All travelers must be able to act independently and responsibly with limited supervision.

All travelers must be available for class activities on any day of the week, including evening and weekend activities.

All travelers must have a passport that is valid for at least 6 months following dates of travel, have at least three blank pages (not the "endorsement" pages) to obtain visas (if applicable), and be willing to have the passport sent for visa processing in early [enter month].

All travelers must obtain the recommended vaccinations/medications according to the Centers for Disease Control website.

All travelers must be good travel citizens and ambassadors by being respectful, kind, and professional in interactions with various community members and organizations with whom we meet.

All travelers must be able to fly and travel via trains, metros, and buses.

All travelers must understand that we will make a reasonable attempt to accommodate vegan, vegetarian and other special dietary needs in planning and ordering group meals, but such accommodations may not always be possible.

Dates / Deadlines:

There are currently no active application cycles for this program.

This program is currently not accepting applications.