International Teacher Workshop:
Global Environmental Science using Technology (GEST) – Belize/US
July 27-August 3, 2015 in Belize
Science educators of all levels are invited to join us at Belize’s magnificent ocean reef and tropical jungle.
Belize is a wonderfully diverse country in Central America, home to Mayan, Latino, and Garifuna cultures. The country encompasses the 2nd largest barrier reef in the world and tropical jungles. English is main language.
In these settings, your international team will gather data and develop your own research questions as you hike and snorkel. Meet Belizean experts who will guide our field trips. Educators will inspire each other to design environmental science lesson plans that incorporate multicultural pedagogy, and conduct community service in a local classroom.
The workshop will entail:
- Fly to Belize City with other US teachers and leaders, then travel to the tropical jungle research site TREES (www.treesociety.org).Here you meet your Belizean colleagues and begin the exciting work of gathering data and designing lesson plans among jungle/stream adventures. Our service project will entail building a shade house and conducting a science/art lesson at the local school. Next our Belizean/ US group travels to a tropical island for research, Tobacco Caye Marine Station(www.tcmsbelize.org). Here we gather more data, finalize our lesson plans, and snorkel among corals and fishes. Package price includes basic accommodations, delicious homemade meals, and group travel inside Belize. Once educators return home, collaboration and process sharing of lesson plans will continue.
- Cost of workshop: $1,650 (includes airfare + insurance, NOT tips). *Ask about Scholarships*
- Upon completion of requirements, earn 3 graduate credits through West Liberty University for an additional $180.
- Send cover letter and resume to Jenny Bardwell, Curriculum Director, firstname.lastname@example.org
PaxWorks (www.paxworks.org) is a nonprofit organization focusing on international education with emphasis on hands-on, community based learning. Currently, there are on-going education projects in Nepal, as well as teacher workshops in Belize. Future work is planned for similar efforts in Colombia.
PaxWorks’ Student Collaboration Project teaches girls leadership skills, and fosters analytical thinking as they invest a small grant on behalf of their community.
The views and opinions expressed herein are those of the author or organization represented and do not necessarily reflect the views of the WVDE, or its employees.
Robert “Joey” Wiseman Jr.
WVDE Office of Secondary Learning