JANUARY 4-12, 2020

Course registration is now open.


This winter, the Office of Experiential Learning will hold its Leadership Development Trek in Belize, starting in the port city of Belize City. Over the course of 9 days, students will kayak through the pristine coastal waterways, while experiencing the first-hand challenges of leading a group in a remote destination.

This course utilizes the unique opportunity for leadership development embedded in outdoor experiential education, providing students the challenge of serving as a leader during an adventure expedition, and helping students reflect on this challenge to develop their own conceptualization and practice of leadership. The group will work together as an expedition team to kayak, navigate, cook, eat, and set up camp. Along the way students will also 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 and receive structured feedback. Trip logistics will be outfitted by Island Expeditions who will provide us with local guides to support us during the trek as well as teach us about life in Belize.

Register for the course in SIS using the course code BU.003.893.

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Program Costs 

  • 2-credit Carey tuition fee
  • $2,200 program fee that covers all in-country transportation, lodging, meals and activities
  • Students are responsible for their own international airfare and travel documentation (including a passport and visa)

Physical Demands

This is a physically challenging course which requires 4-6 hours of sea kayaking each day at a moderate pace and with regular breaks. Participants should be in good physical health and able to sit in a boat for more than 1-2 hours at a time. For students with  disabilities or needs that might require accommodations or if you have any questions about the level of physical activity, please contact Mike Doyle by phone (410-234-9273) or by email (mdoyle@jhu.edu) to discuss options.

Key Dates

Pre-Trek Seminar: 

Saturday, December 7, 2019
9:00 AM – 12:00 PM
Harbor East Campus (Remote Access Available)
100 International Drive
Baltimore, MD 21202

Post-Trek Seminar 

Saturday, January 25, 2020
9:00 – 3:00 PM
Harbor East Campus (Remote Access Available)
100 International Drive
Baltimore, MD 21202

Belize Trek

Saturday, January 4, 2020 – Sunday, January 12, 2020
Use Philip S.W. Goldson International Airport for travel into, and out of, the country.

Course Instructors

Mike Doyle

Mike Doyle

Director for Student Ventures

Mike Doyle is the director for Student Ventures in the Carey Business School Office of Experiential Learning. He has taught leadership development courses at the Carey Business School and the University of Maryland, and has led adventure-based leadership expeditions throughout the U.S., Norway, Italy, Belize, Fiji and Jordan. Doyle has also led team performance workshops for multi-national companies and government agencies. He is a certified career coach and holds a master's degree in Counselling and Personnel Services from the University of Maryland, and is also certified in Six Sigma Greenbelt, MBTI, EQi and Clifton StrengthsFinder.

Chris Myers

Chris MyerS, PhD

Assistant Professor

Chris Myers is an assistant professor and academic director of Executive Education at the Carey Business School. His research focuses on individual learning, leadership development, and innovation in organizations, and at Carey he teaches courses on organizational behavior and leadership. His work has been published in leading academic journals and in various popular media outlets. He earned his PhD from the University of Michigan and was on the faculty at the Harvard Business School.

Myers has also worked as an outdoor education instructor in his home state of North Carolina.


Please contact Mike Doyle at mdoyle@jhu.edu for more information.