Education Abroad Blog

    Belize environmental laws show promise – but enforcement a challenge

    Beautiful Belize – I could write you a love letter. I have fallen for your lush forests, colourful communities, and contagious smiles. I have only been here a short time, but I feel the same instinctive urge to protect the environment that surrounds me as I do at home on Vancouver Island....

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    Capacity building among the Garifuna in Belize

    Beautiful Belize has been a stimulating and action-packed adventure filled with breathtaking landscapes, flamboyant birds, friendly folks and flavorful, coconut-infused foods. I am here as a community development and education intern with the National Garifuna Council (NGC), working in the...

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    VIU geography student supports sustainability education in Belize

    Hello from southern Belize! I was lucky enough to receive a QEII Scholarship through the Building Resilience in Coastal Communities program at VIU this year. With this scholarship, I am spending about six months in the coastal town of Punta Gorda as an intern for an environmental NGO called the...

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    Living and working in Hopkins Village, Stann Creek District

    Since arriving in Hopkins two weeks ago, I have living, working and experiencing life alongside my fellow VIU graduate students outside of the resorts that line the edges of the community. This sandy destination has a lush and vibrant natural element that percolates throughout the town, displaying...

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    It's a beautiful day in Belize

    “It’s a beautiful day in Belize,” our local guides kept telling us. They weren’t kidding. I grew up on a boat and spent lots of time fishing, so I jumped at the chance to experience the same in Hopkins. Four VIU students (myself, Devan, Taylor and Kala) and three locals piled into our boat and we...

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    VIU student tackles tourism development issues in Belize

    Arriving in Belize felt so good. I have been in this beautiful country once before, and that familiar smell and feeling immediately made me smile. I was also excited to return with a new perspective. I am no longer the dirty backpacker looking to enjoy nature and culture with no worries, but...

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    Coastal erosion and climate change top of mind in Belize

    Well it’s officially been a week of paradise in Belize. Our time here has had few drawbacks. From endless beaches, sunshine, wildlife, and friendly faces, establishing ourselves has been a pleasant distraction from the research and work ahead. The ‘Belize 4’, a super group of Master’s of Community...

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    VIU announces 2016 QEII Scholars

    Stephanie Govier burst into tears of joy and immediately called her mom. Kala Mackintosh still can’t sleep because of the excitement, and Haley Robinson recognized right away that she was just given a “once in a lifetime opportunity.” All three Vancouver Island University (VIU) senior...

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    QEII Scholar Welcome Event - February 3, 2016

    Meet VIU’s 2016 Queen Elizabeth II Diamond Jubilee Scholars! Featuring Special Guest:Dr. Roy Young, Belize Institute for Local Development4:30 p.m. – 6:00 p.m.February 3, 2016Royal Arbutus Room (B300, R401) - Nanaimo CampusHosted by Global Studies & Advancement and Alumni Relations as part of...

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    Application deadline fast approaching!

    The deadline for applications to VIU's Queen Elizabeth II Diamond Jubilee Scholarship program is fast approaching! Completed applications will be accepted until 4:00 p.m. on Monday, November 23, 2015. Apply now to pursue studies, research or project work related to the program theme of Building...

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