Frequently Asked Questions

Frequently Asked Questions

FAQ - Academic Credits

The Basics on Advocating for Academic Credits for Hands-on Learning
TEP understands that obtaining academic credits is an important incentive when considering any international experience
We encourage you to advocate for direct academic credits for your intern and volunteer in Belize programs. We will help you navigate the various possibilities. 

Our team will work with you through the pre-approval process at your home institution to earn academic credits for your time in Belize.

Academic Credits - Your Home Institution Decision
Your home institution may have several ways of approving academic credits for your internship or volunteering experiences abroad. Let us explore the various requirements and pre-approval processes...

Learn About Your Home Institution's Internship Requirements
Step 1
Talk to your faculty advisor to learn more about the requirements for your academic internship or practicum. Information such as required number of hours and type of supervision required for pre-approving credits are vital for us to know. 
We will work with you, your home institution, and your placement organization to meet the requirements for earning direct academic credits.

Step 2
In the event your major or minor does not have an internship or practicum requirement, we encourage you to talk to career services . Career services may have the right solution to help you earn credits for your TEP internship or volunteer in Belize program. 

They may have a service-learning course that is a natural fit for your work in Belize. 

How does TEP Support the Pre-Approval Process
TEP will work with your host internship agency to secure the required number of work hours required for your academic internship or practicum. 

We will work with your institution to understand the type of required supervision and evaluation required for pre-approving the academic credits you are requesting. 

TEP integrates the aforementioned components into its internship and volunteering programs through its structured evidence and documentation based curriculum. Remember we are here to help you succeed!

Other Credit Bearing Options to Explore
Research and Service-Learning Options
Connecting your internship or volunteering experience to research and service-learning gives you additional opportunities to advocate for academic credits at your home institution. Keeping us in the conversation is key to pre-approval.

Although the decision to pre-approve direct academic credits for your intern or volunteer in Belize program is ultimately up to your school, we encourage you to keep us informed. 
Connect with an advisor here.

FAQ - Immunization Recommendation

Belize does not require you to have certain vaccines prior to arriving in-country. However, we recommend you consult your personal or family doctor.
Additionally, we advise you to consult the Center for Disease Control (CDC) Health information page on Belize.

The CDC is an excellent resource for the following information:
· Zika Virus
· Vaccines and Medicines
· Tips for Staying Healthy & Safe
· Travel Health Notices
· What to do After your Trip

To further enhance your health and safety in Belize. Learn about the CDC various mobile apps here.

FAQ - Entry and Visa Requirements for Belize

  • Citizens from the United States, Canada, England, E.U. Countries are not required to have an entry visa.
  • You must have a valid passport upon entry.
  • Your passport will be stamped for 30 days.
  • TEP will procure visa extensions and or student permits if your program runs for more than 30 days.
  • Renew your passport before leaving home if you have less than 90 days left on your passport.
  • For more information on travel to Belize, visit the U.S. Department of State here. 

FAQ - Know Before You Go

There are many questions you may have before starting your study abroad adventure. 
Information from your home country perspective is important to read and to use as a springboard for dialoguing with us.
We recommend you check out the below listed topics on the U.S. Department of State here.
We believe this wealth of information will empower you to ask the right questions and make the best informed decisions before, during, and after your time in Belize.

Our goal is to provide you with an amazing experience that changes your life in a meaningful way.

FAQ - Travel Insurance

Adequate travel insurance coverage is a mandatory requirement for your participation in our programs.
 
All U.S. citizens, permanent residents, and participants with valid U.S. student visas, and work permits are eligible for insurance coverage provided through TEP.
 
If you meet the above mentioned criteria, we will automatically enroll you in our Comprehensive Travel Insurance

You will be excluded from automatic insurance enrollment for the below listed reasons.
  • Your home institution request that we don’t enroll you in our insurance coverage through iNext.
  • You are coming from a non-U.S. state or territory. For example, you are on a faculty-led program sponsored by a college or university outside of the United States.
Comprehensive insurance coverage include
  • Major Medical
  • Emergency Medical Evacuation
  • Repatriation of Remains
  • 24-hour Travel Assistance, Including Medical Translation
  • Natural Disaster Evacuation (add on rider during hurricane season)
Optional upgrades to consider:
  • Trip Interruption and Cancellation (included in the Intern and Volunteer in Belize programming)
  • Accidental Death and Dismemberment – Air Only 
Remember to check your personal and family insurance to confirm the type of coverage you have for your trip.
  
If you are covered by your school, work, or family insurance, talk to your insurance provider to learn more about the types of coverage and how to file a claim.
Downloads
Download your Comprehensive Plan Document here.
Download your claim form here.

FAQ - Getting to Belize
Airline Carriers with Service to Belize

A historically rich and diverse country and its people awaits you. TEP education abroad programs are nothing short of life-changing. You will grow personally and professionally is our promise to you.  
 
Belize is approximately 2 hours away from major U.S. Cities. Belize International Airport codes are: BZE, BZ, PGIA
Hub Cities & Codes
Miami (MIA), Dallas (DFW), Los Angeles (LAX), Charlotte, NC (CLT)
Atlanta (ATL), Los Angeles (LAX)
Fort Lauderdale (FLL), Houston (HOU), Denver (Den)
Houston (IAH)
Toronto (YYZ)  
For general Belize International Airport arrival and departure passenger information related to Immigration, Customs, and Porter Service, click here.
 
For discounted group rates, visit Student Universe Group Travel Service and request a quote here.
 
To compare airfare for individual flight arrangements check Kayak.

FAQ - Housing & Transportation

Inadequate housing and transportation can have a significant impact on your health and safety during your time abroad.

TEP housing and transportation policies reflect our proactive approach to enhance your safety. 

We will never require you to share beds with other program participants. 

We educate property owners about fire hazards and work with them to assess and address such hazards with the installation of smoke alarms and fire extinguishers where appropriate. 
Safe alternative light source such as battery operated lamps and flashlights are recommended for use during power outages.

Your privacy and personal safety is key to selecting housing for TEP education abroad programs

Your housing must have proper locks on entrance and exit doors along with locks for bedrooms and bathrooms. 

Program housing must have good lighting at night with easy accesses to management and or security staffing. 

Transportation is another key component to health and safety overseas. 

TEP transportation guidelines amplify our approach to international road safety for our short-term programming.

Minimizing road accidents is equally important in our overall effort to enhance safety during your international programming in Belize.  

TEP uses the CDC recommendations for avoiding and minimizing road accidents. 

Knowledge is power! We recommend you read and adopt the CDC Injury Prevention and consider the Recommended strategies to reduce Injuries while abroad. 

You can report to our staff reckless and unsafe driving. We take these reports seriously and address them immediately.

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