Belize connects pristine Caribbean waters to ancient Mayan ruins. Between, people from many backgrounds reside among the greatest concentrations of biodiversity on the planet. Geography students will explore the physical/historical geography and cultural landscapes of Belize through visits to caves, islands, reefs, mountains, rainforests and ruins; while Watercolor students will snorkel and sketch, exploring the visual differences between stream and ocean underwater environments. A special feature of this program is the opportunity to snorkel at a World Heritage site.
Participants will stay at the Belize Zoo Tropical Education Center and International Zoological expeditions. (IZE) accommodation sites at Blue Creek and South Water Caye. All meals are included.
Enjoy a day trip to the ancient Maya archaeological site of Xunantunich, participate in a nocturnal zoo tour at Belize Zoo, and experience the tastes, sights and sounds of the Belize Chocolate Festival.
Program includes round-trip air transportation from Chicago, Illinois or Nashville, Tennessee to Belize and ground transportation to the final destination. Round-trip air transpiration from other cities MAY be considered on a case-by-case basis at an additional cost.
Ground transportation between program sites
Accommodations in multi-bedded rooms in field stations, cabins and dormitory facilities
All required program excursions
Course-related activities and entrances
Health and emergency evacuation insurance
Program directors and staff on-site 24/7
Participants will reside in 3 different accommodation sites throughout Belize that include multi-bedded rooms in field stations, cabins, and dormitory facilities.
The Belize Zoo and Tropical Education Center is settled on 29 acres of tropical savannah. Student groups are provided with comfortable dormitory style accommodations, which are equipped with hot and cold showers, restrooms, wash house and study area.
Blue Creek is a small Mayan Village with a population of several hundred. CCSA participants will reside in rustic cabins, which vary in size and accommodate 2 to 10 individuals.
South Water Caye is a small island located off the coast of Dangriga. CCSA students will stay in a dorm with bunk beds and restrooms with showers and hot and cold running water.
Optional Group Travel:
Estimated Cost: $500 - $700
Travel together with other participants as well as faculty and staff from the CCSA programs with optional group travel. If you opt for group travel CCSA will purchase a ticket on your behalf. The airline cost will be included in your final bill from CCSA. In addition to the flight, those that choose group travel also receive transport to/from the accommodation in the destination city and the airport. Includes
Course Description: Study examples of Earth's most diverse ecosystems by exploring both tropical rainforests and a coral reef in Belize. At Blue Creek Field Station, you will live and work within a primary rainforest surrounded by a wealth of biodiversity ranging from large buttressed trees to howler monkeys. While on South Water Caye, part of the longest coral reef in the Western Hemisphere, you will study reef structure, mangrove forests and grass beds while swimming among brilliantly-colored reef fish and corals. The program will also include time in Guatemala and a tour of Tikal, a UNESCO World Heritage Site depicting ancient Mayan civilization.
Students will spend most of their days outside. You will need to be able to hike up to 4 miles per day on unpaved trails in hot and humid conditions while carrying water and notepads. You will also need to swim in a pristine freshwater creek (largely to cool off or recover when a canoe tips over) and snorkel in the ocean for up to 5 hours per day, although generally no more than 1 hour at a time. Students are not expected to have any snorkeling experience and a life vest can be provided. Accommodations are generally rustic but comfortable (bunk beds in cabins with screened windows). Indoor plumbing, as well as good food and bottled water are provided at all sites. Students should not expect air conditioning, but cabins at Blue Creek are shaded, and there is generally a steady breeze at South Water Caye.
Prerequisite: One course in biology or permission of instructor.
Communication / Healthcare Administration / Political Science
Exploring Healthcare and Governance in Belize and Guatemala
Course Description: Examine the interconnection of health care and politics in two developing countries and compare them
with their U.S. equivalents. Students will explore the complexities of health, culture and governance through
activities such as meeting with local health providers in Guatemala and Belize, sharing time with children and
parents in small communities, and learning from public health professionals about the challenges they face.
Students can participate in service learning by assisting with non-medical services such as basic construction
and reading programs along with general hygiene education.
Students should be able to walk at least 3 miles
on most days and climb stairs.