Student International Opportunity in Belize- Indigeneity, Sustainability and Food (May 4 – May 12) APPLICATIONS DUE WED FEB 20

Dean’s Fund for International Indigenous Initiatives

Indigeneity, Sustainability and Food: An Interdisciplinary Perspective through Field Study with the Centre for Engaged Learning Abroad (CELA), Belize – May 4 – May 12

For students in: Caribbean Studies, Equity Studies, Environmental Studies, Geography, Human Biology, Indigenous Studies

OVERVIEW:  Students will participate in an experiential learning program on indigeneity, sustainability and food under the guidance of Dr. Filiberto Penados, faculty, Centre for Engaged Learning Abroad (CELA) and adjunct professor, Indigenous Studies, UofT.  Activities include visiting farms, community organizations, historical sites and attending talks to learn about sustainability issues related to indigeneity and food. On returning to UofT, students will work with the New College Food Equity Coordinator to plan a series of food events 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 trip and initiate student conversations across the participating units. The orientation will be scheduled in late April.  Students are also required to attend a Safety Abroad session, prior to departure. All students must travel together, leaving Toronto Saturday May 4, returning Sunday May 12.

FUNDING: The total cost for airfare, housing, airport transportation, daily transportation, meals, internet access and administrative fee will be covered with support from New College and the Dean’s Fund for International and Indigenous Initiatives. Students are expected to contribute $200CAN from other sources such as college travel grants, student union awards and/or personal resources.  Students are also responsible for costs related to VISAs, health insurance and vaccinations (if needed).

STUDENT SELECTION: Students will be selected based on their relevant course work and demonstrated interest and experience relevant to the program themes: indigeneity, sustainability and/or food.

TO APPLY: Students in their 3rd or 4th year of study are eligible. Preference will be give to students returning to UofT for the fall, 2019.  First preference is given to students who have not already received university funding for an international student experience.  Selected students must have a passport that is valid for at least 6 months after the departure date.

The CELA application consists of the following components:

  • a covering letter that includes three statements (a) why you are interested in participating in the program (150 words maximum); (b) your relevant background for the program (150 words maximum); (c)

a statement confirming your commitment to activities prior to and following the CELA visit;

  • a print-out of your ROSI Academic record;
  • a resume;
  • your student number;
  • the names and email addresses of two academic referees; and
  • if applicable, any previous funding you have received for an international student experience

Students may be asked to participate in a brief interview, as part of the selection process.

Applications with the subject heading, CELA 2019 Application, should be submitted by email to Nancy Dragicevic, New College Program Support Officer:

The deadline for applications is Wed Feb 20, 2019