Cross-Cultural Exploration of Teaching and Learning
Belize, formerly the colony of British Honduras, is the only country in Central America with English as its official language. The country is located between Guatemala to the west and south and Mexico to the north and was the heart of the Maya civilization at its peak. Along the Caribbean it is culturally similar to many of Britain's former island colonies. Inland are native Maya people, and especially in the north and northwest of the country Spanish is often spoken. Belize is often called "nature's best kept secret" – from the second-largest barrier reef in the world, to jungle mountains, to sugar cane fields, and winding rivers and streams, the diversity of ecosystems is unique and unmatched. In this program you will visit and observe rural and urban schools, collaborate with Belize teachers, work in small groups with Belize learners, meet with administration at school and district levels, and visit tertiary education institutions. Course content will address literacies in social contexts and will be the focus of our time in schools, communities, and evening sessions.