Belize - Kinesiology

Living with a Disability in the Developing World


Details coming: January 2015
Anticipated dates: late December 2015-mid January 2016
Application deadline: April 1, 2015


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?

These are two of the central questions which KIN371B: Living with a Disability in the Developing World invites you to explore. Join in this international seminar for an immersion experience in a new culture that will compare and contrast the experience of Belizeans and North Americans living with common physical disabilities. Field lectures and readings will be supported by trips to rehabilitation clinics and hospitals, and by guest lectures presented by local clinicians. Students may also have the opportunity to shadow medical doctors on their visits to neighboring villages.

Prerequisite: Students must complete KIN371A: The Role of Medical Missions in the Developing World during the Fall 2015 semester (2 credits).



After an on-campus examination of disabilities and rehabilitation in the United States during the Fall 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. 


KIINS 371B Living with a Disability in the Developing World builds upon KIN371A: The Role of Medical Missions in the Developing World which is a required prerequisite (in Fall 2015).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 November 2015. Lab fees apply.
  • Participate in COR211 New Perspectives in Crossing Cultures 2 (0-credit) in February 2016. Lab fees apply.

Please respond to emails from the GEO about registration for COR210 and 211. Both COR210 and 211 are one-day Saturday classes. 


Program costs include: tuition, site fees, meals and lodgings, travel related to program, roundtrip airfare to and from Boston Logan airport, and non-refundable deposit.The total cost will be approximately $3,000.

Final costs will be determined based on the number of student participants, final flight costs, etc. Students will be responsible for any extra travel outside of course assignments.



Applications will be considered for acceptance in the order received.

  • Complete online application (link available to Gordon students only)
  • Contact Prof. Ventura about your interest in the seminar
  • Submit applications no later than April 1, 2015
  • Submit a non-refundable $30 application fee



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

Dr. Jessica Ventura
Assistant Professor, Kinesiology