Health, Belief and Ethnomedicine: Traditional Healing and Medical Anthropology in Belize

This course will offer an introduction to the world of traditional health as it is practiced and integrated into daily life in southern Belize. The health practices of Maya and Garifuna populations will be explored in-depth, with a focus on their vitality and relevance to people’s lives.

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Health, Belief and Ethnomedicine: Traditional Healing and Medical Anthropology in Belize

Through in-class lectures and discussions, readings, guest lectures, visits with traditional healers and other elders, tours of a medicinal plant garden and medicinal plant walks with healers, students will have the opportunity to experience unique health traditions as they have been passed down through generations and begin to understand their form and function in today’s world.

Winter 2017-2018 session will run from December 26th 2017 to January 8th 2018, with our special Primate Research courses running before and after the winter classes. Application deadline for winter is October 30th.

Application deadline for summer 2018 is March 15th 2018. We have 4 course sessions in summer. Section A: May 12-26. Section B: May 26-June 9. Section C: June 9-23. Section D: June 23-July 7.

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Class Background

Contemporary indigenous groups draw on a long history of working with medicinal plants from their surrounding environment, while taking a holistic approach to health care. Around the globe many traditional health practices are quickly fading, however traditional healers remain widely consulted and essential members of their communities.

 

 

  • Day 1

    Course Introduction: Traditional Knowledge and Science

  • Day 2

    Flora and Fauna of Belize, river trip and local healer

  • Day 3

    History and Culture of the Maya. Visit to a medicinal garden

  • Day 4

    Introduction to Garifuna history, health and spirituality

  • Day 5

    Transmission of traditional knowledge - Maya healer

  • Days 6

    Toledo Maya: history, healing and spirituality

  • Day 7

    Free Day

  • Day 8

    Traditional knowledge: Q'eqchi Healers Association

  • Day 9

    Chocolate: an introduction

  • Day 10

    Medicinal Hike with a Maya Healer

  • Day 11

    Presentations and Final Exam

  • Day 12

    Transfer to The Belize Zoo

Scholarship and Funding Ideas

Want to study abroad but not sure if you can afford it? You are not alone! Whilst studying abroad gives you an appreciation for the world outside of your home country, grows your character and confidence, gives you great opportunities, many still worry about paying off student debt in the future. Thankfully there are a couple of options you can pursue that may make that trip of a lifetime a little bit more affordable.

  • APVMA
    APVMA Scholarship

    C.E.L.A Belize will sponsor two scholarships for APVMA members in each period (winter and summer). Each scholarship has a value of 50% of the regular cost of a single course or full program. A full program means two (2) courses (for a scholarship value of approximately $2500). Students can choose among any courses offered. Additional charges (late arrival/early departure, extra transcripts, credit from a U.S. college/university, etc.) will be charged directly to the student at their full price. Contact us for more details

  • Gilman Scholarship
    Gilman International
    Scholarship

    The Gilman Scholarship Program offers awards for undergraduate study abroad and was established by the International Academic Opportunity Act of 2000. This scholarship provides awards for U.S. undergraduate students who are receiving Federal Pell Grant funding at a two-year or four-year college or university to participate in study abroad programs worldwide. Who can apply The Gilman Scholarship Program is open to U.S. citizen undergraduate students who are planning to study abroad. The program aims to diversify the kinds of students who study abroad and the countries and regions where they go by supporting undergraduates who might otherwise not participate due to financial constraints. Find out more here

  • Crowd Funding
    Crowd Funding

    So if a scholarship opportunity didn't work out, you can turn to many internet crowd funding sites to try and raise funds. If somebody can raise $6k for potato salad, who knows what you might be able to achieve.
    There are of course other crowd funding options such as indigogo and many more, so go on, get creative, get social and we'll see you soon.

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