Belize December 27, 2017-January 14, 2018

Deadline to apply is october 31, 2017!

Conservation, Communication & Culture
Multimedia Reporting

Is this class for you?

Are you….

Passionate about environmental journalism?

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

Resolved to discover rain forest conservation efforts?

Interested in the effects of climate change on coastal erosion?

Curious about Garifuna (African) and Mayan cultures?

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.

Class objectives

1) Participate in, understand and advance the global conversation on climate change, ocean/marine conservation and coastal erosion.

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

3) Navigate researching, reporting 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.


South Water Caye

December 27-January 6, 2018

Blue Marlin Lodge Resort

Located 20 miles off the coast of mainland Belize, SWC lies directly over the Meso -American Great Barrier Reef.

This week will focus on ocean/marine conservation, climate change and coastal erosion.

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

Rain forest and Mayan Ruins

january 6-10, 2018

Bocawina Rainforest Resort

Dangriga, formerly known as Stann Creek Town, is a town in southern Belize, located on the Caribbean coast at the mouth of the North Stann Creek River. Commonly known as the "culture capital of Belize" due to its influence on punta music and other forms of Garifuna culture.

We will explore diverse cultures, tour museums, meet local activists and artists and study rain forest conservation efforts.

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

Pen Cayetano, Garifuna Artist and Musician

Belize City

January 10-14, 2018

Belize Zoo Lodge

Belize City is the largest city in Belize and was once the capital of the former British Honduras.

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?

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Created By
Imani Cheers


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