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.
- Course-related activities and entrances fees
- All course-related ground transportation
- Additional cultural program excursions
- Health and emergency evacuation insurance
- Program directors and staff on-site 24/7
- Daily breakfast and some additional meals
Option 1 — Group Travel
Travel together with faculty, staff and other participants from your CCSA program with optional group travel. If you opt for group travel CCSA will purchase a airline ticket from select U.S. cities 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.
You can check our currently available departure cities on our departures page CCSA highly recommends this option for those new to international travel.
- roundtrip air transportation from one of CCSA's designated
U.S. departure cities.
- roundtrip ground transportation between airport and the accommodation site.
- CCSA faculty and staff to guide you through the immigration and customs process.
Option 2 —Independent Travel:
If you wish to make independent travel arrangements and depart from a city not listed or travel outside the program dates please choose INDEPENDENT TRAVEL from the selection below. You will book your own flights and arrange your own transportation to/from the airport and the accommodation site of the program. This is a great option for going early, staying late, or using airline miles to purchase tickets. We highly recommend participants not fly standby for these programs as a late arrival may negatively impact your grade.
Important Note for Independent Travelers:
Please be aware that your check-in date may be up to 24 hours AFTER the program start date (program dates include travel time). Check the CCSA website at https://ccsa.cc/departures for your scheduled date/time check-in.
Not required for U.S. citizens for less than a 3-month stay. Non-U.S. citizens are responsible for obtaining a visa as needed.