Travel & Explore – Belize 2018

By: Joel Chapin & Mark Swain

Do you have the desire to pack your bags and travel to a new country, meet new people and explore different cultures? If yes, then FM may have the answer for you! During the spring 2018 semester Professor Joel Chapin and the division of fine arts in conjunction with Mark Swain and the FM Biz Hub are offering an international travel opportunity to Belize. People who travel together stay together and that is true of Joel and Mark along with many other previous travelers. During the past five years FM has offered both students and the community many opportunities to travel, study and experience different cultures. After visiting London some of the travelers reflected on their experiences and shared their thoughts:

“I got to see a lot of the things most travelers get to see in London. But more interestingly, I got to see parts of London that aren’t on a tourist map.”

“I have made memories and friends for life…”

“My favorite moments were not being able to say I experienced just “London”, but being able to experience the culture and history with friends and people who I now call friends. That’s what makes the difference.”

Business students will study similarities and differences in the cultural, political and business practices of the United States and Belize. Travelers can sign up and take one of two class options as an international business elective or an art class:

BUS 206 International Business: Study Abroad – Belize

This course is a special topics elective that includes an experiential learning objective with a study abroad component to Belize. Students will study similarities and differences in the cultural, political and business practices of the United States, Central America and Belize. Business students will be visiting and studying at least one corporation in Belize City and an in-depth look at ecotourism and the impact of tourism on a culture and its economy.

IDS.200 Interdisciplinary studies-Belize : A Confluence of Art and Nature

This course is an international study course that will focus on the art and architecture of the Mayan civilization and how this dynamic culture was influenced by the tropical environment of Mesoamerica including Belize. The course also enhances cross-cultural skills and develops a greater understanding of cultural, historical and political concepts of the newest democracy in the western hemisphere. We will travel to the Mayan sites of Lamina and to the magnificent complex of architecture at Xuantunich as well as many other rainforest and costal environments. This course fulfills a SUNY General Education requirement in the area of Other World

Having the opportunity to travel is a gift and FM is pleased to share this gift with its students and community. You don’t have to take a class to join this trip. The only requirement is that you sign up before Dec 1st to get the latest discounted price and to look forward to this once in a life time experience.  To see the complete itinerary visit EF Tours at this link. The cost is approximately $3,600. That includes flights to and from Albany, NY, accommodation, meals and guided tours highlighted in the itinerary.

For more information on these trips and/or the class go to EF Tours and/or contact; Mark Swain, Business Instructormark.swain@fmcc.edu or Joel Chapin, Art Professor joel.chapin@fmcc.edu