Programs : Brochure
- Locations: Belize City, Belize
- Program Terms: Summer
- Program Sponsor: CCSA- Cooperative Center for Study Abroad
Program Base Price: $3,765
Plus Estimated International Airfare: $600 - $800
Dates: May 15 – May 31, 2017
Scholarships: Yes (see scholarships page)
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 Expedition (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 requires round-trip group air transportation from Chicago, Illinois (ORD) or Nashville, Tennessee (BNA) to Belize. Round-trip air transportation from other cities MAY be considered on a case-by-case basis at an additional cost.
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.
Special Requirements: Basic swimming skills
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