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Explore the archaeological, cultural and ecological treasures of Belize—with a day trip to Guatemala. Part jungle. Part Caribbean. Totally awesome.

March 15 – 21, 2020

This faculty-led Study Abroad program will be a survey of the archaeological, cultural and ecological resources of Belize. The primary focus of this course will be the Maya archaeological remains of Belize (with a day trip to Guatemala).

Sites of interest include the pre-Columbian centers of

  • Caracol
  • Tikal
  • Xunantunich
  • Cahal Pech
  • Actun Tunichil Muknal Cave

Of secondary interest will be the ethnographically diverse populations of modern Belize and the ecology of the many national parks and reserves of the Cayo District and the barrier reef off the northern coast. Participants must be in good physical condition as they will be expected to hike over uneven ground, swim, and climb stepped architecture.

Students are encouraged to enroll in ANTH 150, People and Cultures of Mesoamerica (3 credits), for the spring semester. Those who do not enroll in ANTH 150 will be required to enroll in GIST 101, Study Abroad Reflections (1 credit).

Deadlines:

Sept. 23Application deadline
Sept. 30 - $500 nonrefundable deposit
Nov. 15 - $1,000 second payment
Dec. 13 - $1,000 final payment

Cost

$2,500 per person, double occupancy

Degree-seeking student? Apply for a Study Abroad scholarship up to $500.

Contact International Education:

Janette Jasperson
International Education Coordinator
COM 220
913-469-8500, ext. 3470

Rachel White
Study Abroad Coordinator
COM 220
913-469-8500, ext. 3323

Cost includes:

  • International flights
  • Airport transportation
  • Lodging
  • Some meals
  • Field trips including admission fees, local guides and ground transportation
  • International medical and evacuation insurance

Not included in cost:

  • Some meals
  • Personal spending
  • Tuition for ANTH 150, People and Cultures of Mesoamerica, or GIST 101
  • Passport fee if you do not already have one

Faculty

William McFarlane
Professor, Anthropology
Dr. McFarlane's email

John Patrick Harty
Associate Professor, Geosciences
Dr. Harty's email

Itinerary

  • Flights from Kansas City, Missouri, to Belize City
  • Travel via van/bus to Mountain Pine Ridge Lodge
  • Orientation and exploration of hiking trails around the lodge
  • Lunch and dinner included
  • Tour of Caracol Archaeological Site
  • Visit to Rio Frio Cave, Rio on Pools, Big Rock Waterfalls
  • Travel via van/bus to San Ignacio
  • Structured free time and cultural immersion in the evening
  • Breakfast and lunch included
  • Tour of Tikal Archaeological Site, Guatemala
  • The tour company will provide assistance at the border crossing, transportation and lunch in addition to the tour of the site
  • Structured free time and cultural immersion in the evening
  • Breakfast and lunch included
  • Two options are available for students:
    • 1. ATM Cave (more strenuous)
    • 2. Cahal Pech and Xunantunich Maya ruins
  • Structured free time and cultural immersion in the evening
  • Breakfast and lunch included
  • Travel via van/bus to Belize City
  • Stop at Belize Zoo
  • Water ferry to Caye Caulker; check in at hotel
  • Sunset sailboat cruise
  • Breakfast and lunch included
  • Full day in Caye Caulker
  • Snorkeling tour of Hol Chan and other sites
  • Structured free time and cultural immersion in the evening
  • Breakfast and lunch included
  • Water ferry to Belize City
  • Travel to airport via van/bus
  • Flights from Belize City to Kansas City
  • Breakfast included