A deep dive into the culture of Belize with OLLI Corps

By Connor Harrison

with contributions by Claire McWilliams

TEMPE – The Osher Life Long Learning Institute (OLLI) at Arizona State University (ASU) has developed a new program for those who want to take a deep dive into educational and cultural travel – OLLI Corps.

This first-year program is in collaboration with the National Peace Corps Association (NPCA) and Discover Corps. The inaugural trip will be to the beautiful Central American country of Belize this fall.

The Partnership

In alignment with the OLLI at ASU mission, the program seeks to inspire and engage its member base with discovery and growth inside and outside of the classroom.

Since 1965, the Peace Corps has been actively partnering with Belizean communities to maximize programs related to health care, education and sustainable agricultural development (Belize/Peace Corps). Discover Corps works alongside the National Peace Corps Association to provide access to Peace Corps infrastructure and involvement with community-led projects.

“We see this partnership as a living reflection of what it means to be socially embedded and engaged with the global community!” a spokesperson with the partnership said.

The Trip

This deep dive into culture and education is a week-long excursion kicking off on October 12, 2019.

Once on the ground, participants will be provided a crash course in: understanding how the Peace Corps works, including hands-on service-learning projects; participation in cultural and natural attractions in Belize (with a behind-the-scenes look at how these are operated and managed); interactive discussions; reflection; and activities to maximize the experience facilitated by ASU faculty and Discover Corps leaders. 

Individuals who sign up for OLLI Corps will undergo a week of challenges and self-discovery by becoming involved in communities within the city of San Ignazio. 

During their stay, they will assist with instruction of English in classroom settings, explore ecological research centers, participate in culinary and cultural tourism, and can learn from Peace Corps volunteers and local community leaders.

Days will be filled with discovery, challenge, and interaction.  Evenings will be spent recharging and reflecting on what the group has learned together.

From the time the team gets to Belize until the time they leave, all accommodations, meals and transportation are included. 

This trip is designed to give participants a vacation that not only allows them to get to know the beautiful country of Belize, but to also give them an authentic look at the daily challenges and joys Belizeans experience, while creating connections and memories both lasting and authentic.

For further information and trip details please contact: Jessica Hirshorn, Jessica.Hirshorn@asu.edu or Claire McWilliams, Claire.McWilliams@asu.edu Or go to: lifelonglearning.asu.edu/travel.