International Experience Opportunity for Aboriginal Studies Students

International Experience Opportunity for Aboriginal Studies Students

Centre for Engaged Learning Abroad (CELA), Belize

May 7 – May 15, 2016

2 positions available

OVERVIEW:  This is an opportunity for Aboriginal Studies students to join students from Caribbean Studies, Equity Studies, First Nations House and Human Biology to visit the Centre for Engaged Learning Abroad (CELA), Belize, May 7 – May 15, for experiential learning activities.  Students will visit farms, community organizations and attend talks to learn about sustainability issues related to indigeneity, food sustainability and health. The activities are meant to complement and enhance classroom learning in Aboriginal Studies. Students will work with CELA scholar and educator Dr. Filiberto Penados, the learning guide for the week. On returning to UofT, students will work with the New College Food Systems Coordinator to plan a series of food events for 2016-2017, on themes covered in their CELA activities.

Please note that this opportunity involves a commitment to attend an orientation day to familiarize students with Belizean society and history, outline learning objectives for the activities and to initiate student conversations across the five units. The orientation will be scheduled the last week of April or the first week of May, prior to the CELA visit. Students are also required to attend a Safety Abroad session in March.  All students must travel together, leaving Toronto May 7, returning May 15.

FUNDING: The total cost for airfare, housing, airport transportation, daily transportation, meals, internet access and administrative fee is approximately $2800US per student. The majority of the total cost, $2600US in total, will be covered by the Dean’s International Initiative Fund, New College and other administrative funds. Students are expected to raise the remaining $200US from other sources such as college travel grants, student union awards and/or personal contributions by Friday March 25, 2016.

ELIGIBILITY:  Aboriginal Studies students in their 3rd or 4th year of study and returning to UofT for the fall, 2016 are eligible to apply. First preference is given to students who have not already received university funding for an international student experience.  Applicants must commit to taking part in planning food activities for 2016-2017.  Selected students must have a valid passport.

The CELA application consists of the following components:

1)  a covering letter stating your interest and qualifications for the international opportunity and a statement confirming your commitment to activities prior to and following the CELA visit;

2) a print-out of your ROSI Academic record;

3) a resume; and

4) the names of two academic referees; and

5) if applicable, any previous funding you have received for an international student experience

Applications with the subject heading, CELA 2016 Application, should be submitted by email to Jennifer Murrin, Administrative Coordinator, Aboriginal Studies (

The deadline for applications is Wed Feb 24, 2016

International Experience Opportunity (CELA) for Aboriginal Studies Students 2016