Belize - Kinesiology

Living with a Disability in the Developing World

May 2016

Dates: May 15 - May 26
Application deadline: November 20, 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 (2 credits) 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 Spring 2016 semester  (Fourth Quad - 2 credits).  NOTE: Gordon students seeking to earn core Global Experience credit must take the pre-requsite course for credit.  Others may audit the course.



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. 


KIINS 371B Living with a Disability 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 Fourth 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 2016. Lab fees apply.
  • Participate in COR211 New Perspectives in Crossing Cultures 2 (0-credit) in September 2016. 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 $2,800.

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 November 20, 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