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Study in Belize and Building Study Abroad in a Small Country with Rhondine Petrof | 049

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RHONDINE PETROF - INSIDE STUDY ABROAD

Rhondine Petrof is a social entrepreneur who has committed to her life’s purpose to contribute meaningfully to visiting students personal and professional development while addressing the needs of community stakeholders in her home country of Belize in Central America. 

Rhondine founded Toucan Education Programs (Toucan) in 2010 and draws on her knowledge garnered from working at Galen University and in education abroad for a combined 16 years, working and supporting local non-profits for 6 years, and 12 years in tourism. Toucan is now powered by a leadership team with 49 combined years in higher education and education abroad.

 

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In this episode you’ll learn: 

  • How Rhondine discovered international education as a career path
  • The origin story of Toucan Education Programs & the Sojourn Learning Institute
  • How they are supporting faculty in program design through intercultural learning training
  • The current state of study abroad in Belize and why Belize is an excellent destination for programs beyond ecology
  • And a fun lightning round where Rhondine shares your favorite book, tech tools, local dishes, bucket list travel experiences, and more. 

 

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Rhondine Petrof Full Bio: 

Rhondine Petrof is a social entrepreneur who has committed to her life’s purpose to contribute meaningfully to visiting students personal and professional development while addressing the needs of community stakeholders in her home country of Belize in Central America. 

Her mission is accomplished through short-term education abroad programs that are intentionally designed to offer students’ credit-eligible experiential and intercultural learning that invite students and educators to practice reciprocity with the diverse people, cultures, historical, and ecological resources of her native country, Belize.  

Rhondine founded Toucan Education Programs (Toucan) in 2010 and draws on her knowledge garnered from working at Galen University and in education abroad for a combined 16 years, working and supporting local non-profits for 6 years, and 12 years in tourism. Toucan is now powered by a leadership team with 49 combined years in higher education and education abroad.

 

 

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