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The Nitze Experience

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The Paul H. Nitze Program offers:

  • three special seminars for each student
  • cultural outings to DC/Baltimore paid for by the program
  • special meetings with high-profile campus visitors
  • an international study tour paid for by the program
  • a stipend of $3000 per year for participants

Belize Study Tour Itinerary

January 2-14, 2001
William Roberts, Anthropology

Tuesday, January 2

Group departs for Belize at 7:00 am on American Airlines flight from Washington, National Airport. Arrive Belize City and stay overnight at Chateau Caribbean Hotel, near monument park. Possible evening activities include a slide show by Belize Audubon Society and dinner with faculty and possibly students from University of Belize.

Wednesday, January 3

Day trip to Lamanai, one of the most famous post-classic Maya sites in Belize, located in Orange Walk district, north of Belize City. Dr. Killion’s expertise will be very important for interpreting the history of this site. Near the Mayan ruins are the ruins of one of the first Catholic missions built in what is today Belize. We will travel overland on the northern highway to meet guides with boats, then travel by river to the lagoon where the site is located. A great deal of wildlife to be observed along the river. We'll spend a full day at site with lunch, travel to Lamanai Lodge for a drink, and return. We hope to have dinner with Peace Corps staff and volunteers in Belize City after our return.

Thursday, January 4

We plan to travel to Gale's Point by boat, a Creole community south of Belize City. We will stay at the manatee Lodge and be met by Belizean linguist, activist and entrepreneur Sylvana Woods. Our first day will include getting to know the surrounding area by boat, meet with members of community, and walking tour (small groups) around community. Sylvana Woods, herself a Creole, and the Peace Corps Belize training director, another Creole woman from Gale’s Point, will help with organizing activities in the community.

Friday, January 5

This day will be spent in Gale's Point. Tom Killion will have carried out a rapid assessment of historic and prehistoric sites in the area (none are currently listed on maps). Other possible activities include going back out on the river to visit the manatee spring, turtle breeding area, go up manatee river and take walk in woods to learn about traditional medicines. Return in the afternoon, some time to relax but also possibility of meeting with local entrepreneurs involved in local tourism activities. We will also look into opportunities for students to learn and try their hand at Creole cooking, talk with community members about health and nutrition, and have a drum group to come put on their show that evening.

Saturday, January 6

Relaxed morning, travel overland to the Garifuna community of Hopkins by bus. We will stay at Sandy Lane hotel, a facility owned and operated by members of the women's cooperative. We will have a general orientation to the community by members of the women's group, who will organize activities for Garifuna cooking. School children will perform a Garifuna dance that evening.

Sunday, January 7

Travel to the reef with member from the Fishermen's Cooperative, while other students meet with members of the Farmer's Cooperative (then the groups will change places). Have a walking tour of the town, meet with local leaders and entrepreneurs involved in the 3 cooperatives. We hope to meet with Stanley Nicolas, a Garifuna scholar who is the director of the University of Belize Toledo campus, Punta Gorda town. We expect be joined by Pio Saqui from University of Belize today.

Monday, January 8

Travel to Maya Center village where we will meet with Pio's relatives, the local school headmaster and active member in the village association. Weather permitting we will make a day trip into the reserve here, and possibly visit local Mayan ruins, that will be interpreted by Killion and residents of Maya Center. We will return to Hopkins for final night.

Tuesday, January 9

We leave Hopkins by bus and stop at the Mayan site of Nim Li Punit on our way to the Maya communities of Santa Elena and Santa Cruz. Killion and Saqui will help interpret this beautifully restored site before we continue to the two Mayan communities listed above, where we will meet with members of the communities.

Wednesday, January 10

We will spend the entire day with community members of Santa Elena and Santa Cruz. There is a waterfall that can be reached by a short trip through the forest. We will also visit the unrestored Mayan ruins of Uxbenka, another important archaeological site that Killion will help interpret. Students will learn first hand from Mayan residents about their milpa farming system and land use, the objectives of the women's cooperative, and issues associated with the local ecotourism initiative that we are supporting by our presence. We will try to meet Valention Shal, and young Mayan student who plans to visit St. Mary's College on Friday, October 20.

Thursday, January 11

Travel by bus to Punta Gorda town with a stop at the restored Mayan site of Lubaantun, which Killion will help interpret. We plan to spend the night at the Punta Caliente hotel, and meet with residents of Punta Gorda town to learn more about issues associated with relatively rapid changes occurring in Toledo District.

Friday, January 12

We will return to Belize City via the national capital of Belmopan by bus. Along the way we will stop at the Belize zoo. We will spend the night at the Chateau Caribbean hotel, and hopefully meet with other Belizean students.

Saturday, January 13

Morning trip by water taxi to Caye Caulker (Mestizo community). Returning in late morning, early afternoon for lunch and then to airport for return to USA. American Airlines flight departs 4:40 p.m. and arrives at BWI.