UTM Abroad Co-Curricular Experiences

Pictures of student groups in Thailand, Guatemala and Peru

Learn , Discover, Engage

UTM Abroad Co-Curricular Experiences are short term global experiences that promote socially conscious travel and broaden your perspective to better prepare you to solve local and global challenges. While traveling through an amazing new landscape you will learn how global issues connect back to issues within our city and region.

Take advantage of the opportunity to travel, learn about a topic of interest in a unique location, participate in unparalleled community engagement initiatives that will expand your global mindset and develop and understanding of community development and social change. 


The Experiences

The following UTM Abroad Co-Curricular Experiences are being offered in 2017-18:

Belize: Ecology & Culture

Belize Sun

  • Travel from the turquoise waters of Caribbean coast to the lush hills of the jungle interior and see how culture and ecology come together in one of the richest biospheres in the world. 
  • Visit both Garifuna and Indigenous Maya communities and immerse yourself in Belize’s cultural diversity and distinctive vibe.
  • Snorkel the second largest barrier reef in the world and confront the challenges related to climate change for this unique ecosystem.
  • Hike through one of Belize’s amazing natural reserves and see dramatic waterfalls, ancient Mayan ruins, monkeys, armadillos, and over 200 species of birds.

Applications for this experience are now closed. 

Peru: Traditional vs Modern Trends in Health Care

View of a neighborhood in Peru

  • Explore Peru's history of transitional medicine and its transition to modern healthcare;
  • Get an inside view into how the various layers of health care work;
  • Engage with health providers in unique discussions around the services they provide and some of the challenges they face;
  • Learn more about the traditional Andean way of life;
  • Learn about sustainable agricultural methods, cuisine, traditional medicine;
  • Work alongside community members to understand the impact of traditional medicine on their lives. 

Applications for this experience are now closed. 

Guatemala: Fair Trade and Social Justice

Coffee beans

  • Deconstruct the myths surrounding fair trade and ethical consumerism while cultivating coffee alongside local farmers in Guatemala;
  • Collaborate on a community based development program with former guerrilleros;
  • Hike one of Central America's highest volcanic peaks;
  • Immerse yourself in the Mayan culture and experience the sights, smells and smiles of communities few travelers will ever see.

Applications for this experience are now closed. 

Thailand: Alternative Tourism

View of Bankgkok

  • Embrace the chaos and complexity of modern Bangkok—from the delights of Thai cuisine to the beautiful temples and pagodas, from the spirituality of Buddhism to the harsh realities in the urban slum of Khlong Toey;
  • Get up close and personal to the endangered Asian elephant as we talk eco-tourism with the volunteers and staff at Elephant Nature Park;
  • Live with home stays in a hill tribe village and learn about one of Thailand's most successful community-based tourism initiatives.

Applications for this experience are now closed.