Belize:Home Away From Home Past Review

By (Environmental Studies., Ithaca College) for

Ithaca College: Belize - Reefs, Ruins, and Rainforests, faculty-led tour

What did you gain/learn from your experience abroad? Was it worthwhile?
Gained a better understanding of societal and governmental pressures in Central America. Gained a further comfortability with traveling and immersing in different cultures. Gained an interesting lens from which to reexamine our own culture and society.

Personal Information

How much international exposure did you have prior to this program? 1 month - 6 months

Review Your Program

* Overall educational experience

Academic rigor, intensity, resources, etc.

Four essays, a field test, and a conversation project. Quite a bit of work for the course but it was really not so bad.

* Host Country Program Administration

On-site administration of your program

The only weakness would be travel times but it is unavoidable. Overall super fun educational trip.

* Housing:

How satisfied were you with your living arrangements?

* Food:

Lots of delicious homem made food with vegetarian options generally available.

* Social & Cultural Integration:

How integrated did you feel with the local culture?

Homestays were absolutely amazing

* Health Care:

How well were health issues addressed during the program?

* Safety:

Pretty safe place besides the jungle. However, we traveled with a Mayan healer willing to help with most things.

If you could do it all over again would you choose the same program? Yes


* Money: How easily were you able to live on a student's budget?

(1 = not very easy/$200+ on food & personal expenses/week, 2.5 = $100/week, 5 = very easily/minimal cost)

Not including program expenses, about how much money did you spend on food and other expenses each week? Not much, most is included maybe 70 dollars a week for extra stuff.
Do you have any general money-saving tips for future study abroad participants? N/A


* Did your program have a foreign language component? Yes
How would you rate your language skills at the beginning of the program? Intermediate
What was the highest level language course you had completed prior to departure? N/A
If applicable, to what degree did your living situation aid your language acquisition?

Language acquisition improvement?

Just talking to everybody to freshen up spanish and learn kriol

Other Program Information

* Where did you live?

Select all that apply

  • Apartment
  • Host Family
* Who did you live with?

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  • Americans
* Who did you take classes with?

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  • Americans

A Look Back

* What did you like most about the program?
  • education
  • group connections
  • experience
* What could be improved?
  • More time in the jungle
  • N/A
  • better snorkling trip