Belize March 13-21, 2020

Deadline to apply is December 1, 2019

Conservation, Communication & Culture
Multimedia Reporting

Is this trip for you?

Are you….

Passionate about environmental journalism?

Concerned about ocean/marine conservation issues in the Caribbean sea?

Interested in the effects of climate change on coastal erosion?

Eager to improve your digital storytelling skills?

Interested in traveling, studying and reporting abroad?

Join us!

Map of Belize

Belize is a nation on the eastern coast of Central America, with Caribbean Sea shorelines to the east and dense jungle to the west. Offshore, the massive Belize Barrier Reef, dotted with hundreds of low-lying islands called cayes, hosts rich marine life. Belize’s jungle areas are home to Mayan ruins like Caracol, renowned for its towering pyramid; lagoon-side Lamanai; and Altun Ha, just outside Belize City.

Service Learning Objectives

1) Participate in, understand and advance the global conversation on climate change, ocean/marine conservation and coastal erosion through service learning opportunities with local communities.

2) Discover and embrace the Garifuna and Mayan cultures in southern Belize.

3) Navigate researching, reporting, serving and traveling internationally to Belize.

Required materials

Students are required to have their own SD memory cards such as a Transcend 32GB or greater (minimum of 2 cards).

I recommend your own external hard drives, 1 TB or larger for ongoing video projects and regular storage.

Students are encourage to bring their own multimedia equipment, including DSLRs and GoPro cameras. There will a select number of DSLR cameras available from the SMPA department to use.

Glover's Atoll

Southwest Caye, Belize

Friday, March 13- Saturday March 21, 2019

Isla Marisol Resort is located on Southwest Caye of Glover's Reef Atoll, 36 miles from the Dangriga, Belize coastline. Situated amid an idyllic UN World Heritage Site and Protected Marine Park, Isla Marisol is perfectly positioned to offer unparalleled island and ocean tours suited to all levels of experience. Incredible Belize SCUBA diving, unrivaled snorkeling, and world-class saltwater fishing are just steps away from private beach cabañas and oceanfront reef houses.

$2000 per person/double occupancy

Accommodations are based on two people sharing a room; inclusive of 3 meals a day and non-alcoholic beverages; daily snorkeling/kayaking trips; WiFi in common areas; transportation from Dangriga to Southwest Caye and back to Belize City.

We will study local wildlife and the effects of climate change on natural habitats.

Accommodations are double/triple and all-inclusive of meals and non-alcoholic beverages.


To apply, please click this link and follow instructions.

Any questions?

Contact Dr. Cheers @ imanimcheers@gwu.edu

Created By
Imani Cheers


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