Experience two countries in one program: Belize and Guatemala.
Belize opens a world of a tropical rainforest and coral reef just miles apart. Study the fascinating environment features that characterize these systems and observe the interactions between humans and their environment. In the rainforest, see iguanas, howler monkeys, and leaf cutter ants while gaining insight to the Mayan culture and its use of medicinal plants. On the coral reef, the longest in the Western Hemisphere, swim with brilliantly colored reef fish among the diverse assemblage of corals, sponges, and other invertebrates.
In Guatemala, spend time in the village of Flores on Lake Peten Itza and connect science and medicine of pre-Columbian Mayan civilization to our modern challenges at one of the largest archeological sites in the region.
Group air transportation is available from Nashville, Tennessee to Belize. Round-trip air transportation from other cities MAY be considered on a case-by-case basis at an additional cost. Ground transportation from/to Belize Airport and between program sites is provided.
Travel together with faculty, staff and other participants from your CCSA program with optional group travel. If you opt for group travel CCSA will purchase a airline ticket from select U.S. cities on your behalf. The airline cost will be included in your final bill from CCSA. In addition to the flight, those that choose group travel also receive transport to/from the accommodation in the destination city and the airport.
You can check our currently available departure cities on our departures page CCSA highly recommends this option for those new to international travel.
roundtrip ground transportation between airport and the accommodation site.
CCSA faculty and staff to guide you through the immigration and customs process.
* All prices are estimates based on summer 2018 costs. Final pricing will be published on the CCSA website by May 2019.
Option 2 —Independent Travel:
If you wish to make independent travel arrangements and depart from a city not listed or travel outside the program dates please choose INDEPENDENT TRAVEL from the selection below. You will book your own flights and arrange your own transportation to/from the airport and the accommodation site of the program. This is a great option for going early, staying late, or using airline miles to purchase tickets. We highly recommend participants not fly standby for these programs as a late arrival may negatively impact your grade.
Important Note for Independent Travelers: Please be aware that your check-in date may be up to 24 hours AFTER the program start date (program dates include travel time). Check the CCSA website at https://ccsa.cc/departures for your scheduled date/time check-in.
Not required for U.S. citizens for less than a 3-month stay. Non-U.S. citizens are responsible for obtaining a visa as needed.
Program Dates June 12, 2019 —June 26, 2019
(14 days) Base Price
$699 – $899 (estimated additional cost based on recent airline prices)Enrollment Status: OPEN
March 01, 2019 ($100 application fee discount for applications received and paid by February 15)Scholarships: OPEN Due March 08. See our scholarships page
Health Care Administration / Nursing / Social Work
Healthcare in Belize
Course Description: Students with an interest in nursing, health care management, or social work will find this class to be a unique opportunity to compare the health systems of developing countries with the American model. While in Belize and Guatemala, students will visit health care facilities and associated organizations to observe and to interact with health care professionals. Additionally, while traveling in the cities and countryside, students will be gaining insights into the historical and cultural influences that affect how health care systems evolve into national versions that differ from ours.
Mystery of the Maya: Early World History from the Maya Perspective
Course Description: The re-discovery of Mayan cities in Belize, Guatemala, and Mexico has prompted many theories about the civilization that built them. In this introductory-level course, we will consider and challenge conflicting explanations by examining the ancient civilizations of Mesopotamia, Asia, Europe, Africa, and the Americas, leading up the moment that brought sustained contact between the eastern and western hemispheres in 1492. Visits to the Belize Zoo, Blue Creek field station, and South Water Caye will help illustrate the conditions of early societies, while trips to Tikal (Guatemala) and Caracol or Altun Ha (Belize) will allow us to examine the growth of complex societies.
Prerequisite: Writing skills commensurate with an introductory-level undergraduate course. Students will be expected to read assigned material prior to the start of the program, write daily reflections on material covered, and complete an essay assignment due after our return from Belize.