Indigenous land rights, sovereignty and self-determination

  • Hike through the ecologically advanced forest farms of Q’eqchi’ Maya peoples, enjoy a steaming pot of chicken caldo and taste each stage and many products of the chocolate-making process
  • Spend time with Maya Elders, youth and community leaders and hear firsthand about the ongoing fight for land rights and self-determination
  • Support the Maya youth scholars from the Julian Cho Society in launching their Indigenous youth movement, Sounding of the Conch Shell

June 10 - July 2 (2 weeks)
1-week training in Winnipeg
10-day placement in Belize
6+ students

 $3,500 program fee
-$1,500 CSL Bursary*
 $2,000 all-inclusive fee*

Deadline: April 10

Get ready for Belize: Indigenous Youth Movements with Community Engagement Training. Get to know your program team, learn about the Toledo District and Maya peoples in Belize and develop your skills in community engagement, project planning and assessment.

Training will take scheduled according to participant availability between June 10-18, including Friday, June 14, 5-10pm at Meet at the Bell Tower.

Belize: Indigenous Youth Movements is offered in partnership with the Toledo Ecotourism Association - Laguna and Julian Cho Society. TEA Laguna has been facilitating eco-cultural exchange opportunities in their village for over twenty years. Julian Cho Society is an Indigenous rights organization that promotes justice, education, and sustainable development, and JCS Scholars will join U of M students for the cultural exchange.

We are also excited to have special guests join us from AYO! (Aboriginal Youth Opportunities), who are a group of Indigenous youth leaders from Winnipeg, MB and beyond.

*Students experiencing financial barriers can apply for a Community Service-Learning Bursary of up to $1,500 to partially cover the costs of the program.

*This program is 100% not for profit. Your all-inclusive fee covers your round-trip airfare and all in-country transportation, accommodations, three daily meals, and activities, as well as your pre-departure training and a contribution to your host community.