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Bachelor of Science in Business Administration

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Farmer, Amy


This paper will discuss my summer internship project with Peacework in Belize. The study abroad Special Projects in Belize with Peacework was supposed to be the summer of 2019. The trip was going to be two months long and while there we were going to get paired with a community leader or a local development organization to work on a community project in Dangriga, Belize. Because of COVID-19, the trip was cancelled for the summer of 2019 and then for the summer of 2020 it was moved to virtual. The Belize team was still paired with people from the community in Dangriga but now we had to meet with them and complete the projects virtually.

After a slow start of figuring out exactly how we can help virtually, Rose Parks came up with the idea to have a small business mentorship program. Small businesses are the ones that serve tourists, and they wanted to make their business more attractive and accessible to visitors. The goal was to work with a few small business owners in the Dangriga area and help them with their online presence as well as any other matters of business they needed help with. Rose was tasked with finding already established businesses that would be interest in this program. The original plan was to work with the businesses for four weeks. Three of those weeks would be spent training and teaching, and the last week would be for one-on-one meetings and evaluations.


Belize, Tourism, Small Business, Eco-tourism, Poverty