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Belize Field Study

Unfortunately, the 2020 Belize Field Study has been cancelled. Refer below for more information.

Thanks to each of you for your interest and willingness to participate in Belize 2020. The Center for School Improvement & Policy Studies (CSI&PS) has partnered with the Ed Leadership program for many years to offer this international cross-cultural opportunity for College of Education graduate students to study and learn about education, schools and the culture of Belize.

While we were all looking forward to the Belize Field Study again this year, we must share the disappointing news that we are cancelling this year’s trip due to the current and potential impact of the novel coronavirus and COVID 19 (the illness it causes). The health and safety of our students is our primary concern. Also, Boise State University has ceased approving work-related, non-essential international travel due to the dangers of coronavirus and COVID-19.

With the increasing spread of COVID-19 around the world and in the US, the likelihood of worldwide disruptions to health and safety is very real, and it is unclear how long the situation will last or how much it will worsen. Countries such as Italy, which were about a month ahead of the US in diagnosing COVID-19, are seeing serious impacts on the healthcare system, with no travel allowed within or outside the country. Should such a situation occur here, it will seriously jeopardize the safety of our students and compromise the ability to get home from Belize. Please see below links for recent national updates.

We are making the difficult decision to cancel the trip and refund all payments, including the deposit, before additional booking costs are incurred. Due to the unique circumstances of this epidemic (which looks increasingly likely to become a pandemic), most airlines are waiving change fees for re-bookings to different destinations in the future. Hopefully you all acquired travel insurance on your individual booking. If not, we will work with you to assess your airline booking and determine what options exist for rebooking to eliminate or minimize any costs.

Again, we sincerely regret having to take this action and hope each of you will understand. Please contact Abbey Denton (, 208-426-1077) or Yliana Villegas (, 208-426-1739) with any questions you may have related to Belize 2020.



June 12-19, 2020

This eight-day educational field study will focus on contemporary issues in Belizean education and how specific schools work within their communities. We will visit schools in the interior of Belize and Ocean Academy High School on the beautiful island of Caye Caulker. Throughout the field study we will form relationships with teachers, principals, students, and community educators, and participate in service learning and professional development activities. Belizean educators will share the successes and challenges common to Belizean schools, as well as those unique to different  communities. School philosophies, teaching experiences, pedagogy, and curriculum will be subjects of inquiry. Throughout the trip, we have opportunities to learn how Belizean heritage and culturally-specific knowledge is embedded into the school experience. We will also enjoy the natural beauty of this amazing country!

Register here!

Payment Info

Field Study Cost is $2,300! This price does NOT include airfare to and from Belize.
First deposit of $300 is due at time of registration and is NON-Refundable.
Second deposit of $1,000 is due February 5, 2020 and is NON-Refundable.
Final Payment of $1,000 is due April 2, 2020.


What’s Included?

  • Lodging and meals
  • Travel insurance
  • Ground and water transportation
  • Cultural tours and activities
  • School visits
  • One Professional Development Credit

Dates to Know

  • October 17, 2019—Registration for Students Only
  • November 1, 2019—Open Registration
  • February 3, 2020—Second deposit of $1,000
  • April 3, 2020—Final payment of $1,000 or remaining balance

Our Team

Tim Lowe, Educational Leadership Instructor