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  • Locations: Cristo Rey, Belize; Placencia, Belize; San Pedro, Belize
  • Program Terms: Spring Break
  • Program Fees: Spring Break
  • This program is currently not accepting applications.
Fact Sheet:
Open to: All UWRF students, Non-UWRF students Credit Bearing: Credit bearing
Program Description:

Program Overview:

Imagine: Crystal clear waters...fantastic coral formations...huge fish, stingrays, sharks...and you sharing the protected habitat of a national marine park...Mayan temples thrusting out of the forest...monkeys howling in the jungle canopy...orchids and toucans...the second largest cave system in the world...a 1,000 ft. waterfall...and cultures of the indigenous, African, and European traditions.This is Belize! The goal of the study adventure is to increase each student's appreciation of the importance of the conservation of diversity. Belize protects its lands, its wildlife, its marine environments. Yet how can this tiny nation, the size of Massachusetts, afford to devote resources to conservation when its people also struggle to survive? In Belize, conservation pays. It is by the very protection of Belize's natural treasures that the government, private sector, and public together strive to achieve a balance between the needs of people and the needs of the ecosystem. Belize does not trade off one for the other. Each visitor to Belize is witness to the special bond being created among all of nature's beings.

The Belize study adventure is unique, for nowhere else this close to home can students immerse themselves in such astonishing biological and cultural diversity. Hike the rainforest, canoe wild rivers, explore caves, climb Mayan temples, sail, snorkel, and scuba. Students will also explore the jungle and sea while experiencing wildlife, environmental, and cultural diversity. The group will be based at a jungle lodge for six days, venturing out to climb classic Mayan temples, float rivers, explore caves, hike jungle trails, and observe tropical wildlife unparalleled in the northern hemisphere. A day trip is planned to Guatemala to witness fabulous Tikal. All activities are led by experienced guides, educators, or researchers who teach students about Belize history, geology, flora and fauna, cultural traditions, and the remarkable conservation-first posture that guides Belize's approach to sustainable development.

Dr. Rich Wallace ( is the program leader.

Belize beach


Belize, a small  Central American country nestled between Mexico, Guatemala, and the Caribbean sea, where wildlife outnumbers people, where 65% of the forest remains, and where the second largest barrier reef in the world is just off shore.


Participation in the Belize program requires enrollment in SOCI/ANTH 395. This three credit course meets every week of the spring semester on Wednesday afternoons, both pre- and post-travel. Attendance at all class sessions is a mandatory part of your participation in the program. The course satisfies the university requirement for Global Perspectives (GP).


A breakdown of the costs related to this program can be viewed by clicking on the “Program Fees” link (in the table at the top of this brochure) for the desired term.
Belize reef

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Housing & Meals:

Students live in a jungle lodge and beachfront hotel. The cost of housing and most meals are included in the program fee.

Travel Arrangements:

The cost of international airfare and local transportation during the program is part of the program fee.

Additional Information:

Check out the 2016-17 Belize Brochure.pdf for more info.

How to Apply:

Check out the information on How to Apply, then come back to this program’s brochure and click on the “Apply Now” button at the top of the page.


Dates / Deadlines:

There are currently no active application cycles for this program.

This program is currently not accepting applications.