Education Abroad Blog

    VIU student relfects on learning about resilience from time in Belize

    After a month and a half of getting used to the heat, the rainy season rolled in with thunder and lighting and, well, lots of rain.  In Belize the rainy season stretches from mid-May until Fall.  While the rain is not falling consistently as it seems to on Vancouver Island, it does pour very hard...

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    VIU student leads a community planning event in Belize

    On Sunday July 16, 2017, all of my training in public community consultation was put to the test at a unique community planning event I organized and facilitated in Belize.  The event was in the form of a World Café, led by myself as well as co-facilitators Eric Sanchez (fellow VIU Master of...

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    Learning to Listen in Belize

    “Good Morning!” “Buenos Dias!” “Gud Mawnin!” “Buiti Binafi!” A morning greeting comes in many forms in Belize. Located in Central America nestled between Guatemala, Mexico and Honduras, Belize is rich in cultural diversity and its residents speak one or more languages including: English, Kriol,...

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    VIU Student Learns Importance of Water Quality Monitoring in Belize

    Water is essential to sustain life. Unfortunately, human activities can pose huge threats to the quality of the water and health of coastlines. In Belize, activities such as fishing, tourism, dredging, coastal development, transportation, agriculture, and aquaculture can result in eutrophication...

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    VIU Names Latest Recipients of Prestigious QEII Scholarships

    Cross-cultural learning will be high on the agenda for Melanie Messier when she lands in the Central American country of Belize later this spring.Messier, a fourth-year student in Tourism Management at Vancouver Island University (VIU), is one of seven VIU recipients to recently receive a...

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    Building Resilience in Coastal Communities: A Belize-Canada Research Roundtable

    Come join us as we explore issues of coastal resilience in Canada and Belize, and be the first to meet VIU’s 2017 Queen Elizabeth II Diamond Jubilee Scholars! Building Resilience in Coastal Communities: A Belize-Canada Research RoundtableThursday, February 92:30 p.m. – 4:30 p.m. Nanaimo Campus -...

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    VIU student reflects on cultural and religious differences in Belize

    Last week, I visited a Caribbean rum factory to tour the museum and learn how they age the rum. As we came to what I thought was the end of the tour, there suddenly came sounds of drumming in the distance. As we came closer, we saw four Garifuna people playing drums and dancing to the music. They...

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    GIS student explores the complexity of coral reef conservation while in Belize

    Close to the border between Mexico and Belize is the Bacalar Chico Marine Reserve, which was established by the Belize Fisheries Department in 1996. This reserve is comprised of the 3 main coastal ecosystems in Belize: coral reefs, mangroves and seagrass beds. The reserve spans 15,766 acres of land...

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    Belizean scholar reflects on similarities among coastal communities

    There is not a thing I could have researched online that would have fully prepared me for the changes and experiences I have encountered thus far, as a QEII Scholar.  I say this in the most positive way imaginable. Upon receiving the letter of acceptance to Vancouver Island University and the Queen...

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    Community planning student finds wealth of knowledge at VIU

    Nanaimo, as I have learned, means “gathering place”. It truly has the perfect name for a gem hidden between mountains and the Georgia Straight. Vancouver Island University is such a remarkable university glittered with rabbits and stairs, with an interesting combination of architecture and natural...

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