Belize - Kinesiology

Health and Healthcare in the Developing World

Summer 2017 Belize Seminar for Pre-Health Professionals

Dates: May 21–May 31, 2017
Application deadline: December 5, 2016


How are the challenges of disabilities and congenital disorders addressed in the developing world? How do people live with these disabilities in societies that have limited government support for such needs?

Health and Healthcare in the Developing World (2 credit) is an International Seminar designed to give Gordon students a view into the public perception of disability and disease in developing countries, and how people are cared for through their healthcare systems and local NGOs. We will spend Quad 4 on campus (The Role of Medical Missions in the Developing World, 2 credit) discussing these issues globally and then travel to Belize for 10 days in May to see firsthand how they play out in that country.

The trip to Belize costs approximately $2600 to $2800 (depending upon the number of participants) - which will cover tuition, flights, and all in-country expenses. The two 2-credit classes together fulfill the Global Understanding theme requirement when taken in conjunction with Global Education's COR210 and COR211 one-day classes. All students are invited to apply!


After an on-campus examination of disabilities and rehabilitation in the United States during the Spring Semester prerequisite, participants will travel to Belize. There the international portion of the course will be divided into two main components.

The seminar will begin in Belmopan, Cayo, Belize. The focus will be on living conditions and resources available in the city. Students will visit rehabilitation and healthcare facilities, schools, etc. and will hear from special speakers.

The second part of the field experience will move to Punta Gorda, Belize where the focus will be on living conditions for the disabled in the rural setting. Students will participate in community projects in the villages served by Laugh Out Loud Ministries. 


KINS 371B Health and Healthcare in the Developing World (2 cr.) builds upon KIN371A: The Role of Medical Missions in the Developing World (2 cr.) which is a required prerequisite (in 4th Quad, Spring, 2016).Participants will be required to attend lectures, visit a local rehab clinic, and write a reflective essay during the spring semester.


  • Visits to clinics
  • Interviews with local clinicians
  • Visits to local villages
  • Reflective Essays
  • Daily Journals


Registration for international seminars is handled by the GEO. After accepted students have paid their deposit to the GEO, the GEO will send a list of the seminar participants to the Registrar’s office.


Students wishing to fulfill Global Understanding core through participation in the Greece Seminar must:

  • Participate in COR210 New Perspectives in Crossing Cultures 1 (0-credit) in April 2017. Lab fees apply.
  • Participate in COR211 New Perspectives in Crossing Cultures 2 (0-credit) in September 2017. Lab fees apply.

Please indicate your desire to attend these courses on your application form and respond to emails from the GEO about final registration for. Both COR210 and 211 are one-day Saturday classes. 


Program costs include: tuition, site fees, meals and lodgings, travel related to program, roundtrip airfare, and non-refundable deposit.The total cost will be approximately $2,600 to $2,800.

Final costs will be determined based on the number of student participants, flight costs, etc. Students will be responsible for any travel costs not related to course assignments.

Round trip airfare cost is based on flights from and to Boston Logan Airport.  Students may arrange with the GEO travel agent to fly from and to other destinations, however extra flight costs will be added to the individual student's bill.  Please contact the GEO (x4399) for additional information about non-Logan destinations.



Applications will be considered for acceptance in the order received.

  • Complete online application (link available to Gordon students only)
  • Contact about your interest in the seminar
  • Submit applications no later than December 5, 2016
  • Submit a non-refundable $30 application fee
  • Submit a $450 deposit within 10 days of acceptance


For further information contact:
The Global Education Office
P 978 867 4399 

Dr. Jessica Ventura
Assistant Professor, Kinesiology