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CSM Travel Study

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College of Southern Maryland
Heather Zeolla
Center for Service-Learning
Coodinator
hzeolla@csmd.edu
301-934-2251 x 7016

Belize 2015
Travel Dates are March 13-22, 2015

Overview:

Through lectures, labs, and field studies), students will study the biology of marine life. Field work, principally snorkeling on the second longest barrier reef, centers on the coral reefs and adjacent communities, such as rocky shores, sandy shores, mangrove swamps, and turtle grass beds. Students will also explore the archaeology and artifacts of the ancient Maya and their influence and interchange with other ancient American cultures. Climb the ruins, descend into a sacred Maya cave, and contemplate the glyphs and structures the Maya left behind in the lush jungle of this tropical paradise. In addition, students will enjoy cultural exchange with contemporary Belizeans of Mayan, British, Spanish and African descent. The center of operations for this program is Belize Marine Teaching Research and Education Center (TREC) in San Pedro on the small island of Ambergris Caye.

Marine Biology and Lab (BIO 2030 and 2030L)

Through lectures, labs, and field studies (principally snorkeling on the second largest barrier reef), students will study the biology of marine life. Field work centers on the coral reefs and adjacent communities, such as rocky shores, sandy shores, mangrove swamps, and turtle grass beds. The online lecture course covers the full scope of marine biology. The center of operations for these courses is Belize Marine Teaching Research and Education Center (TREC) in San Pedro on the small island of Ambergris Caye.

Culture of Belize (SPA 1052)

In this course, you will explore the archaeology and artifacts of the ancient Maya and their influence and interchange with other ancient American cultures. Climb the ruins, descend into a sacred Maya cave, and contemplate the glyphs and structures the Maya left behind in the lush jungle of this tropical paradise. In addition, you will enjoy cultural exchange with contemporary Belizeans of Maya, British, Spanish and African descent.

Costs:

The cost to each student is $2,699**. All students must obtain a valid U.S. passport prior to departure (estimated time to obtain a passport is 8 weeks). Time in Belize is scheduled so students may take both courses if they wish. The trip is limited to 15 students, accepted on a first-come, first-served basis. Sign up early to reserve your place! **This cost may increase or decrease pending the costs of airfare and room & board. Payments to vendors, airlines, travel agents, hotels, etc. may be non-refundable.

Payments are now being placed on student CSM accounts. This allows students the following benefits:

  • Payment online or on campus via cash, check or credit card
  • Options to use scholarships or financial aid money without waiting for disbursements
  • Use of the CSM FACTS tuition payment plan, allowing payments to be made over the semester

Included:

  • round trip airfare
  • room and board with meals
  • lab space
  • boat trips
  • trips to two Mayan archaeology sites
  • cave and river exploration
  • travel insurance (trip interruption, trip cancellation, emergency medical)

Not included:

  • CSM tuition and fees
  • textbooks
  • passport
  • snorkeling gear

Scholarships Available

The CSM Travel Studies Scholarship Application is now available. This scholarship will allow students to be awarded $475 toward their travel costs and will be awarded on a first-come, first-serve basis. Please apply early!

Eligibility Criteria:

Applicant must be registered for at least 9 credits during the semester or immediately preceding the travel studies course for which the award is intended. Applicant must demonstrate financial need, as determined by the CSM Financial Assistance Department. Applicant must possess a 3.0 cumulative grade point average at the time of application.

Should you be awarded this scholarship, you are required to provide a follow up essay and / or video report based on your experiences in the travel studies program.

Application process:

  1. Complete and sign the application form
  2. Attach an essay documenting the reason for seeking the scholarship and how the travel study experience relates to your academic goals at CSM
  3. Provide at least one letter of recommendation from a former or current CSM instructor or a high school teacher

 

Apply for the program

In order to register for travel study courses, students must complete the following application. Once applications are received, students will be contacted with more details and will be placed in the program on a first-come, first-serve bases until all spaces are filled. Payments will be placed on students CSM accounts, allowing many payment options to be utilized. Once the fee is placed on the account, it is non-refundable. Students will then be given further instructions on how to register for their course(s).

Deadline to Apply is February 2, 2015

9 Spaces Available!

Please contact Heather Zeolla for questions or additional information.

Credit:

BIO-2030 - Marine Biology AND BIO-2030L-Marine Biology Lab *

SPA-1052 - Cultures of Belize

*This is a Biology field course that fulfills the 4-credit lab science requirement for general studies

**It is highly encouraged that students to take both courses as everyone will be participating in activities related to both courses.

 

Itinerary

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