Programs : Brochure
- Locations: Blue Creek, Belize; La Democracia, Belize; Lake Peten Itza, Guatemala; South Water Caye, Belize
- Program Terms: Summer
- Homepage: Click to visit
- Program Sponsor: CCSA- Cooperative Center for Study Abroad
Program Base Price: $3,699 - $3,899 *
Plus Estimated International Airfare: $599 - $849
Dates: May 15 - 31, 2018
Scholarships: Yes (see scholarships page)
* Prices estimates based on summer 2017 program. Final prices will be published by September 15, 2017 on the CCSA website.
Experience two countries in one program: Belize and Guatemala. In Belize, experience a tropical rainforest and coral reef just miles apart. Study the fascinating biological features that characterize these systems and observe the interactions between humans and their environment. In the rain forest, see iguanas, howler monkeys and leaf cutter ants while gaining insight into the Mayan culture and its use of medicinal plants. On the coral reef, the longest in the Western Hemisphere, swim with brilliantly colored reef fish among the diverse assemblage of corals, sponges, and other invertebrates.
In Guatemala, spend time in the village of Flores on Lake Peten Itza and connect science and medicine of pre-Columbian Mayan civilization to our modern challenges at one of the largest archaeological sites in the region.
Round Trip group air transportation is available from Cincinnati, Ohio or Nashville, Tennessee to Belize. Round-trip air transportation from other cities MAY be considered on a case-by-case basis at an additional cost. Ground transportation from/to destination airport and between program sites is provided.
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.
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.