LDE Belize

Upcoming LDE Belize Dates
Pre-Trek Seminar: TBD
Trek: TBD
Post-Trek Seminar: TBD

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Course Overview

The Winter/Intersession LDE Course (2-credits, graded) takes place in the rainforest and barrier reef islands off the coast of Belize, beginning in the town of Dangriga. Participants will spend 9 days in Belize sea kayaking through the pristine coastal waterways, while experiencing the first-hand challenges of leading a group in a remote destination.

The group will work together as an expedition team to navigate, cook, eat, and set up camp. Along the way we will enjoy snorkeling, fishing, and local island life.

Throughout the trip, students will focus on enhancing individual and team performance, learn and apply appropriate leadership models and provide/receive structured feedback.

Trip logistics will be outfitted by Island Expeditions who will provide us with local guides to teach us about life in Belize.

Important Notes

There is an additional program fee for the LDE Course (in addition to the cost of tuition). The program fee covers all in-country lodging, meals, transportation and activity expenses throughout the course. The amount of the fee is available in the course syllabus and on SIS.

Students are also responsible for purchasing their own roundtrip international airfare to/from the course site.
LDE is a physically demanding course. Students should be in moderate physical condition. However, no technical outdoor skill or experience required - this is beginner friendly.

Tentative Course Schedule

Subject to Change; See Syllabus for More Details


  • Class Session - Course Introduction, Expedition Logistics, Leadership Assessment

Day 1

  • Arrive by in Belize City; Travel to Dangriga and Rainforest; Team Dinner

Day 2

  • Morning Class Session; Afternoon Team Skill Development

Day 3

  • Morning Class Session; Gear Brief and Food Prep; Travel to Reef

Day 4

  • Kayaking and Camping Skills Clinics; Belizean Local Dinner

Days 5 - 8

  • Four-day Kayaking Expedition; Camp and Cook on Remote Islands

Day 9

  • Return from Reef (Official Course End); Travel to Belize City; Students are Free for Onward Travel from Belize City


  • Class Session - Course Finale, Debrief, Leadership Path Reflections

Frequently Asked Questions

What are the program fees & tuition?

  • $200 deposit
  • Program fee balance (currently $2000, but subject to change)
  • Intersession tuition

What are the time requirements, other than the trip itself?

  • Students must be available for pre- and post-expedition seminars, either in person or online (in-person is strongly encouraged for local and regional students)
  • Students cannot register for any other Intersession courses – you won’t be able to tend to coursework or access the internet for most of the time in Belize.

What are the academic course expectations?

  • Although this course has all the elements of an adventurous vacation, the academic assignments and the expectations for active participation demand a student to be fully engaged in activities and discussions around team leadership. Students will be evaluated and graded based on their contribution and influence in the team process.

How fit do I need to be for the course?

  • Before departing for Belize, students should be in reasonable physical condition – most important is that you are comfortable in the water and can swim. You should also be prepared for light hiking and physical activity (in addition to kayaking), and be comfortable getting in and out of a floating kayak.
  • You should be prepared for the kayaking skills clinic, which will cover different paddle strokes and techniques, and will also involve a “wet exit” (practicing falling out of and re-entering the kayak).
  • Students must also be prepared to take physical and emotional risks, be uncomfortable and have a high level of tolerance for ambiguity.

When should I arrive? What should I plan for in my travel?

  • Students are responsible for their own airfare and must arrange flights so that they arrive in Belize City by the course start time. Students are free to fly out anytime after the official course end (we will provide more specific details about meeting location during the pre-trek session).
  • Students are encouraged to arrive early or extend their stay in Belize to enjoy more of what the country has to offer. We will spend most of our time on coastal islands during the course, but also encourage students to explore other areas of Belize. We are happy to provide recommendations for locations, accommodations and activities for your extra time in Belize.


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