Service Learning

C.E.L.A believes in fostering sustainable community wellbeing and providing meaningful and innovative learning opportunities.  Engaged Scholarship and Service Learning is about achieving these two goals at the same time.

We know Belize is a wealth of biological, marine, and terrestrial diversity with rich, cultural and linguistic resources packed into a small country with a population of just over 300,000; it has a history which goes back beyond the ancient Maya and Africans.  Belize is one of the youngest nation states in the world, in a dynamic search for ways to achieve sustainable well-being in a challenging, globalized world.   With its friendly society, Belize offers unique opportunities for students and volunteers to serve and contribute.   It is an unparalleled classroom without walls.

Engaged Scholarship and Service Learning with C.E.L.A. is about facilitating opportunities which allows students to learn in this amazing “classroom,” and serve and share in the search for well-being  and about mobilizing the resources of the academic world to build a sustainable world.

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This course can be combined with similar courses for a comprehensive four week summer session in Belize
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What is Engaged Scholarship and Service Learning?

  • Service Learning

    Service Learning is an academic approach that marries service with learning.   It creates an opportunity for learners to provide a meaningful service to a community learning and achieving personal and professional growth in the process.  It provides opportunities for developing the kind of literacy that educators such as Paulo Freire spoke about – reading the world,  not only the word; In fact it allows us to go beyond reading the world and lets us engage with the world and with each other. Service Learning is not just volunteering.  While one can learn from any volunteering experience the extent and depth of the learning may vary.  Service learning seeks to maximize the learning by including learning as an intentional goal, planning for it and including elements in the experience to guarantee learning. Service Learning is not just learning.  It is meant to provide a service to the community or organization with whom we engage- those that help us and travel with us on the learning path.  The kind of service must be meaningful and useful to those with whom we engage.Service learning is not only for students or faculty.  Anyone can engage in service learning whether they are students, professionals or retirees.

  • Engaged Scholarship

    Engaged scholarship is a concept which highlights the need to link scholarship with larger societal needs and challenges.  It aims to engage the educational institution in the active search for better ways to understand the social, economic and environmental problems that society faces and find better ways to solve them.  It seeks to foster more intimate relationships between the school and other actors in the public, private and civil society sectors, build partnerships and foster collaborative engagement and reciprocity.  Engaged Scholarship aims to level the “ivory tower” to a single story with lots of doors and windows.  It includes a variety of approaches in which service learning is one and Participatory Action Research is another.

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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 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

    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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Our Mission

To expand the world view of participants by providing high quality, relevant, dynamic, socially responsible and academically challenging experiences.

Our Vision

We are the number one choice in Belize for providing professional and academic education by exceeding our participants’ expectations and contributing to the success of the communities with which we work.

Our Core Values

Sustainability: We are committed to building a better understanding of Belize's rich cultures and biodiversity whilst ensuring our business activities have a beneficial and sustaining impact.

Respect: We treat everyone with dignity, equality, kindness and trust regardless of ethnicity, lifestyle, gender and beliefs.

Teamwork: We work together through cooperation, dedication, respect and open communication.

Collaboration: We actively pursue and value cooperative relationships in pursuit of our mission and vision.

CELA. Belize
Center for Engaged Learning Abroad

P.O. Box 177
San Ignacio
Central America
Tel: +501 670 0930

Center For Engaged Learning Abroad