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
Underwater Watercolor: Snorkeling the Creeks and Coral Reefs of Belize
Course Description: Join this adventure in visual investigation, designed to engage with the aesthetics of biodiversity in a fascinating tropical setting. In this experiential drawing course, exploring the visual differences between stream and ocean underwater environments, students will concentrate on using natural forms to create patterned abstractions. The course will also cover basic watercolor pencil techniques. Students will alternate between snorkeling and sketching, then returning to either the beach or riverside to complete the compositions. No need to know how to draw or snorkel, but participants must enjoy spending time in the water.
Course Description: Nothing compares to mastering geography while on location. This course combines physical and cultural geographies in Belize featuring the coral reef, Maya mountains, rivers, caves, pine savannas, mangrove swamps, and tropical rainforest. The course amazingly features the Maya (ancient and present day), Mennonites, Spanish and Taiwanese. Tentative field trips include the coral reef, the sugar industry and the majestic archeological sites of Xunantunich among others. Students experience cacao farming and chocolate production, large scale sugar production and the citrus industry. Everyday interactions with Maya, Kriol, Garifuna, Spanish, English, Taiwanese and American cultures sum up the experience of geography in Belize.
Prerequisite: An introductory regional geography course