Belize Leadership Development Expedition

Belize Leadership Development Expedition

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

This outdoor experiential learning course transforms students into leaders by challenging students to lead their peers through new situations.  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. Island Expeditions provides trip logistics and local guides to support the trek and teach students about life in Belize.

Belize leadership development expedition

Register for the next expedition

The next expedition will be January 4-12, 2020. Course registration is now open.

Register for the course in the Student Information System using the course code BU.003.893.

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Program costs

  • Two credit Carey tuition fee
  • $2,200 program fee that covers all transportation in Belize, 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 four to six hours of sea kayaking each day at a moderate pace with regular breaks. Participants should be in good physical health and able to sit in a boat for more than one to two 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 ( to discuss options.

Key dates


Saturday, December 7, 2019
9:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.
Harbor East Campus (Remote access available)
100 International Drive
Baltimore, MD 21202


Saturday, January 25, 2020
9:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m.
Harbor East Campus (Remote access available)
100 International Drive
Baltimore, MD 21202


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
Director of Student Ventures

Mike Doyle is the director of student ventures for the Carey Business School. He has taught leadership development courses at the Carey Business School and the University of Maryland. And he 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 counseling and personnel services from the University of Maryland. He is also certified in Six Sigma Greenbelt, MBTI, EQi and Clifton StrengthsFinder.

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.

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