CELA Belize Programs
This field course explores the intersections of economics, health, medicine and social development in the tropics, with Belize as the focus. The objective of this course
This course is for biology, health, pharmacy and medical anthropology students, Contemporary indigenous groups draw on a long history of working with medicinal plants
CELA Belize Reviews
Submitted by Whyisblue - University of Texas at Austin | June 23, 2018
I really enjoyed the course. At times I wish the instructor was more engaging with the students but overall it was a very good learning experience. At times I felt like the instructor was less of a teacher and more of a babysitter
Connected with healers, farmers and nature
Submitted by Brooke - Cleveland State University | June 22, 2018
My goals for this field school in Traditional Healing and Medical Anthropology were to learn more about my mind, body, spirituality, and emotionality. I definitely achieved those goals! I was able to remember plants through repetition and practical involvement. The course provided so much activity from canoeing to swimming to walking through the forest. I spiritually connected to healers and my group during ceremonies and just immersing in the environment. I learned a lot emotionally from one of the teachers on the trip that taught about ideating close to center. This is great advice not only for traveling but in everyday life. St. Herman's cave, seeing howler monkeys and staying at Aurora Garcia Saqui's was one of my favorite parts. Healthy food and open-minded people abound!
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Submitted by Taylor - Delaware Valley University | June 17, 2018
I enjoyed the different aspects of this course. As a student I was able to get a feel for what wildlife studies include whether they are research related or veterinarian related. I loved being at the zoo!
Best First Study Abroad Experience
Submitted by tess-franchini - University of Massachusetts Amherst | June 15, 2018
I've never really left the United States, so hearing about this program was a really exciting prospect. Though both my family and I had our worries and reservations about it, I'm very glad I went through with it. Even on just the first day, the large animal course is super hands on; I helped spay a dog that afternoon. Dr. T and Ruben are very down to earth and eager to help everyone learn to the best of their abilities. CELA allowed me to meet people from across my own country, and I know I have friends for life now. Overall, I cannot recommend this program enough, and the best way to believe me is to try it for yourself.
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Submitted by Josee Westrich - Rutgers University New Brunswick | June 13, 2018
I could not have asked for a more transformative and life-changing experience than with participating in CELA's Large Animal in the Tropics course! The types of hands-on experiences this program offers is nothing like you can find in the States and it was wonderful knowing that I could give back to the different communities in Belize at the same time while learning more about animal care. One of the lesser known parts about this program is that almost all of the tuition fees go to pay for all of the veterinary care that you perform as a student while visiting a number of different farms. Every injection, castration, or assisted spay/neuter surgery that you get to do is in actuality a veterinary service that you helped to pay for through your participation. It was pretty cool knowing that I could make a difference so early on in my career even still being three years away from applying to veterinary school. Most of the hands-on experiences you are given through this program you do not get the opportunity to do until possibly your third year of vet school so it provided me with a lot of foresight. This is possibly what made the free spay/neuter clinic that we ran my favorite part as you truly get immersed into what a day in the life of being a veterinarian both looks and feels like while running physical examinations and giving routine dewormer/vitamin injections to cats and dogs and get to connect with the owners at the same time. Never once did I ever feel unsupported or unsafe while working with the animals in Belize no matter how small or large they were (You get the opportunity to work with small animals such as cats/dogs as well as livestock including horses, beef/dairy cattle, goats, sheep, and swine). The staff (Dr. T and his brother the vet tech Ruben) were amazing in answering any questions we had and it literally felt like in my group that I had a second family abroad even though it was only for two weeks.
Belize was also a wonderful place to get to be immersed into a new culture as their primary language is English so it made it much easier to learn more about the country. The region is diverse with it taking only 2-3 hours to traverse and depending on where you want to go for the day you could be exploring the jungle, mountains, or one of the world's largest barrier reefs. Often outside of classes, we had time to go on excursions to explore the country a bit more and climbing Mayan ruins and snorkeling were definitely highlights of my experience while studying abroad. What I say is don't doubt yourself in choosing this program because it truly has given me memories and friendships that will last for a lifetime! Go Belize in yourself and choose CELA!