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URI FLP - Belize: Film, Communication, and Natural Resources Science
South Water Caye, Belize (Outgoing Program)
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Program Terms: Winter J-Term
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January 11 - January 20, 2020

Students will use still cameras and video production equipment as tools to investigate themes of environmental and economic sustainability. The course is designed to be truly interdisciplinary. Classes will be a combination of lectures, guest speaker presentations, and on-location filming assignments. Students will learn and further develop photography and film making skills, such image composition, aperture/f-stops, depth-of-field, lighting, sound recording, interviewing methods/skills, and a wide range of video pre-production techniques. The course is also intended to develop scientific story telling abilities that are accurate, objective, engaging, and thought provoking. Students will participate in both guided and approved self-directed assignments. The program is designed to immerse students in Belize’s diverse cultural, economic, environmental (marine and terrestrial ecosystems), historical, and social complexities. 

Belize is an English speaking country located on the northeast coast of Central America. Since Belize is approximately the size of Massachusetts it is possible to travel from breathtaking coral reefs, through mountainous tropical rainforests, to majestic waterfalls, all within a day's journey. Belize was once an important center of the Ancient Maya Civilization and as a result there are more ruins in the country, than government buildings. Today, the country is a cultural melting pot of Creole (Afro-Caribbean), Maya, Garifuna, East Indian, Mennonite, Chinese and European/North American influences.



Students will earn 3 URI credits for FLM 491: Directed Study (3 credits), COM 310: Topics in Communication (3 credits) or NRS 397: Natural Resources Internship (3 credits). 

This program is open to all students regardless of film experience. However, preference will be given to students with sophomore, junior or senior standing.

Course work will be supplemented with various different cultural events as well as visits to local markets, Ancient Mayan ruins, national parks and marine reserves.



Students will stay in double-occupancy rooms while in Belize. Breakfast, lunch and dinner will be provided.


 Residency  Program Fee  URI Tuition  Total Cost
 In-State  $2,340  $858  $3,198
 Out-of-State  $2,340  $1,422  $3,762

Program fee includes: 
  • Housing
  • Meals
  • In-country transportation
  • Excursions and cultural activities
  • Health insurance
NOTE: All fees are subject to change.



Roy Bergstrom, M.A. Education, M.A. Marine Affairs
(401) 874-4269  -
Roy Bergstrom is a Lead Information Technologist in the University of Rhode Island’s Media and Technology Services Department (MTS). He administers and maintains the Student Technology Assistant Program which provides student help to faculty who are increasing or enhancing the use of film/videos, 3D animations and simulations, 3D games, and interactive websites in their curriculum and/or classroom. The is also in charge of the Digital Production Resource Center which is comprehensive production center designed to meet the need for creation of digital instructional materials for the classroom. Roy has taught Study Abroad Film/Media courses in Italy and Cape Verde, Africa. Students enrolled in these FLM445 Advanced Topics in Documentary Film Making use digital video and audio equipment to document their experience of such diverse settings as tropical rainforests, ancient Maya or Greco Roman ruins, snorkeling on the Earth’s second largest coral barrier reef, fishing communities, the colonial slave trade, and a wide variety of cultural settings. The course emphasizes developing documentary filmmaking skills through researching themes relating to environmental/economic sustainability, ecotourism, and a wide range of social/political issues.

Ann Salzarulo
Ann Salzarulo is a part-time faculty member with Communication Studies in the Harrington School of Communication and Media.  She has taught, lived and worked throughout Asia, Africa and Latin America.  Her work with Georgetown University focused on international youth leadership with youth from many indigenous cultures throughout the Americas. Areas of expertise include cultural competence and cultural adjustment of young adults during pre-departure, exposure, and post-travel periods; international policy, global sustainability, agriculture, human rights, and international community development.  Ann has been inducted into the Spanish Language Honorary Society and recognized in the Who's Who of American Women for her humanitarian work. With an MA in International Policy and a specialization in Latin American Economic Development from the Middlebury Institute for International Studies at Monterey, Ann's goal is to create dynamic learning experiences for students to thrive as responsible global citizens and international professionals with a high level of and cultural competence.

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