EDU 433: Reflective Practices in the Teaching of Reading

3 Credits

Students connected with EDU 433 will be recruited to apply their teaching skills learned in the course to work with elementary teachers and students in San Ignacio, Belize. This project supports initiatives for improvement in the area of culturally sustaining and revitalizing literacy instruction. Students participating in the project will engage in research and self-reflection regarding colonizing practices that shape teaching practices away from sustaining and revitalizing indigenous cultures.

More specifically students will: research the history of education in Belize; co-teach with Belizean teachers to support elementary students’ literacies; listen to and reflect upon Belizean teachers’ and students’ life stories; and explore the rich history of Belize and the cultures of those who live there.

This program was moved to a free, virtual experience associated with EDU 433. 


Faculty Leader: Dr. Melanie Reaves
Dates: May 7-20, 2022 (subject to change)
Cost: No Cost (moved to a virtual program)
Financial Aid may apply for eligible students


  • Accommodation
  • Most Meals
  • In-country transportation
  • Excursions & Site Visits
  • Health Insurance
  • Application Fee

Not Included:

  • Round-trip Airfare
  • Some Meals
  • Miscellaneous Expenses
  • Tuition and Fees (for non-fulltime students)



Students who enroll in this trip have the opportunity to also be selected to serve as the program's Student Ambassador. Program Student Ambassadors will receive a $1,000 stipend for their work before, during and after the trip. If interested in this opportunity, please contact the faculty leader after you have applied and have enrolled in the course.

To Get Started

Step 1: The preferred application deadline is January 17, 2022. The Final application deadline is February 1, 2022. Positions are limited, so please apply early to get preference. Download the application (link below) and turn it into the Office of International Studies, McDonald Hall Rm 150, along with your receipt of the $150 application fee and the $500 deposit, both of which are included in the overall price.

Step 2: Register for the spring course, EDU 433: Reflective Practices in the Teaching of Reading

Step 3: Be interviewed and accepted into the faculty-led program

Step 4: Make payment arrangements with the Business Office to complete the program payments (final payment deadline varies)

Step 5: Finalize any outstanding documentation for study abroad

Step 6: Purchase round-trip airfare to San Ignacio, Belize – coordinate with faculty leader and other students

Step 7: Participate in mandatory Outbound Orientation

Step 8: Enjoy this life-changing experience!


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This program was funded in part by a grant from the United States Department of State.  The opinions, findings and conclusions stated herein are those of the author(s) and do not necessarily reflect those of the United States Department of State.