Mexico Field School - Sustainable Tourism
Students will spend one week on the U of Guelph campus learning about various elements influencing sustainable tourism such as hospitality practices, principles of leadership and multi-sector cooperation, and integration of the local environment, economy and community engagement. The class will then spend one intensive week in Cancun, experiencing a hands-on opportunity to examine challenges and opportunities of tourism sustainability in a popular destination, through site visits and discussions with local tour operators, tourism businesses, and local stakeholders.
This Field School is being generously funded by Air Transat who are donating (in-kind) the flights and hotel accommodations for the selected participants. Students will also engage in team work culminating in a final assignment “white paper” post-trip, proposing a Sustainable Tourism Practices Implementation Plan. This report will be presented to the Transat stakeholders which may lay the groundwork for further recommendations, studies, or an action plan. Find out more about Air Transat's
Preference will be given to HTM students, but students from other fields of study are also welcome to apply.
Field School Details
Instructor: Dr. Statia Elliot, School of Hospitality, Food and Tourism Management
Offered: Summer 2021
Prerequisite: 70% cumulative average, 7.5 credits or permission of the instructor. Preference will be given to HTM students, but students from other fields of study will also be considered.
Maximum number of participants: 12
2 weeks in April - May, 2021
There will be approximately one week of classes on the U of Guelph campus in late April, followed by one week of experiential learning in Cancun, Mexico.
Students will be registered in HTM 4500 for 0.5 credits. A tentative course outline is attached at the bottom of this page.
Students should budget for the following:
- Tuition and fees at the University of Guelph for 0.5 credits
- The Mexico Field School fee: approximately $400 which covers covers trips and excursions in Mexico. This amount is subject to change based on the fluctuating exchange rate.
- Approximately $700 for food and incidentals during the trip
- Mandatory travel health and emergency insurance through the company Guard Me ($1.65 / day)
- Personal expenses (additional personal travel, etc)
This Field School is being generously funded by Air Transat who are donating, in-kind, the flights and hotel accommodations for the selected participants.
Students applying for the program must have the pre-requisites for the program (see above) by time the program begins in April 2021 (or permission from the instructor), and must have a 70% cumulative average. (Students with a 67 - 69% cumulative average may be considered if there are extenuating circumstances that affected their marks which are described on their application.)
Preference will be given to HTM students, but students from other fields of study are also welcome to apply. A maximum of 12 students will be accepted to the program.
Apply to the Mexico Field School
To receive access to the online application you must first attend a Study Abroad Information Session through the Centre for International Programs. You will then receive access to the online application by early December.
Application deadline: January 29, 2021