Helping hands in Belize
This past summer, two students and an instructor from SAIT’s School of Business embarked on a field trip to Belize, an independent country on the eastern coast of Central America.
Their initiative was to partner with a UK based organization called Accounting for International Development (AFID) to establish relationships and experience by participating in field work at an International NGO.
The purpose, said Fiaz Merani, faculty member at the school of business and organizer of the trip, was to allow the students to apply their technical skills and professional knowledge with a not-for-profit organization, while gaining experiential learning, integrating acquired skills and knowledge, and taking a holistic approach to learning.
Bachelor of Business Administration (Accounting) students Lance Villemarie and Graham Phillips accompanied Fiaz to the Central American country. The students, who were recruited through a selection process by the School of Business, were responsible for working with the Mayflower Bocawina National Park, where they each took on tasks that included compiling a statistical analysis of the park, and developing a visitor’s guide to help drive tourism.
Upon returning home, they wrote reflections of their personal and professional work experience. They were overjoyed when they recieved a letter from Honourable Omar Figueroa from the Ministry of Agriculture, Fisheries, Forestry, the Environment, Sustainable Development and Immigration, wrote a formal letter of thanks to Merani, Villemarie and Phillips.