Belize - Kinesiology

Health and Healthcare in the Developing World

Winter 2019 Belize Seminar for Pre-Health Professionals

Dates: January 3-14, 2019
Application deadline: April 15, 2018


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 2 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 January to see firsthand how they play out in that country.

The trip to Belize costs approximately $2800 to $3000 (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 semester prerequisite, participants will travel to Belize. There the international portion of the course will be span the entire country, with visits planned in Belize City, Punta Gorda, San Ignacio, Belmopan, and possibly Orange Walk.

Students will visit rehabilitation and healthcare facilities, schools, etc. and will hear from special speakers.


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. 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


The GEO will notify students when they are able to register.


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 to $3,000.

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 April 15, 2018
  • Submit a non-refundable $30 application fee
  • Submit a $450 deposit within 10 days of acceptance


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

Dr. Jessica Ventura
Assistant Professor, Kinesiology

Online International Seminar Application

This application requests information that will be used to evaluate your eligibility for an off-campus seminar program. Off-campus programs administered through Gordon are not entitlement programs. Gordon College reserves the right to admit students based on proven academic performance, moral maturity and personal motivation. For this reason, the essay portion of this application is especially important. We ask for you thoughtful consideration of those questions.

Please fill out the application form below with your information. Email or call 978-867-4399 if you have any questions.

Please check your seminar's homepage for the application deadline. A non-refundable $30 deposit must be submitted to the Global Education Office by that deadline.

1. Date of Application:

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3. GORDON STUDENTS ONLY: Do you wish to use this off-campus semester to fulfill Global Understanding Core? (Make sure that your selected program qualifies.)

Yes. I will register for COR210 New Perspectives 1 (pre-departure) and COR211 New Perspectives 2 (re-entry) sessions.
No-BUT. Although I am fulfilling the Global Understanding Core in other ways, I DO want to attend the New Perspectives sessions.
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24. Gordon internal scholarship aid does not apply to International Seminars. Please check with your Financial Aid Office to determine eligibility status should you be accepted into an off-campus program.

I receive Financial Aid and will meet with my Financial Aid Officer to determine which forms of financial aid are transferable to this program.
I am not currently receiving any forms of financial aid.

25. Some seminars include activities that require moderate to challenging physical exertion. Do you have any chronic physical conditions that require regular medical attention or that may be relevant for consideration in a program that requires physical activity such as walking, hiking, caving, etc.? If so, please explain.

26. Do you have allergies to foods, plants, etc.? Are there any prescription or non-prescription medications that you take regularly that you would anticipate needing while you are attending this program?

27. Do you have any learning disabilities you would like the program faculty to be aware of? If so, what?

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40. What is your motivation for participating in the program for which you are applying? How does the program meet your academic, personal and/or professional goals?

41. What in your past experience (international, educational or other) has prepared you for success in this program? What qualities or strengths do you possess that will contribute to your success in the program?

42. In the context of your own personal journey of faith, reflect upon your willingness to engage culturally diverse expressions of Christianity and other religions. What is your experience with such engagement?

43. The seminar for which you are applying is structured with conditions of greater personal freedom than is normally the case in a Christian college environment. How are you likely to respond to this greater freedom?