Belize December 30, 2017-January 12, 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.


Western Belize
Mayan ruins and the Macal river in Western Belize

December 30, 2017-January 2, 2018

Chaa Creek

Set along the banks of the Macal River and stretching towards the foothills of the Maya Mountains, Chaa Creek continues to provide unique adventure travel experiences for thousands of visitors looking for an in-depth yet civilized Belizean vacation, with a focus on Belize’s ecology, natural history and vibrant multicultural society.

This week will focus on eco-tourism, rain forest conservation and Mayan & Mestizo culture .

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

Dangriga & Hopkins
Rain forest and Mayan Ruins

january 2-6, 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

Glover's Atoll

January 7-9, 2018

Glover's Reef Basecamp

Explore the amazing underwater world of Glover's Reef from our comfortable safari-style camp on the furthest reaches of the Belize reef system, on world famous Glover's Reef Atoll. This low impact facility is designed to be comfortable, but to have a minimal impact to this tropical island-treasure. The camp is powered mainly by solar and wind generated electricity, and precautions are taken to preserve the lens of fresh water on the island.

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.

Tobacco Caye

January 9-12, 2018

We will focus on ocean conservation, coastal erosion and eco-tourism.

Tobacco Caye Paradise is a small Belizean-style vacation property with six private "over the water" beach cabanas. All cabanas face north to the Belize Barrier Reef and have wonderful decks perched over turquoise tropical waters. Each deck has a hammock and an amazing view of the Caribbean Sea.

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


Created with images by hunterfoy - "belize san pedro tropical" • Mariamichelle - "sign belize vacation" • madmack66 - "Xunantunich, Belize" • jtyoder - "mayan maya ancient" • katy_1989 - "belize river rainforest" • Kríttik'l Kápchər (CH) - "Crystal Blue Bladen" • Dis da fi we (was Hickatee) - "Blue Creek" • madmack66 - "Xunantunich, Belize" • Kríttik'l Kápchər (CH) - "Swasey Branch falls" • Kríttik'l Kápchər (CH) - "Crystal Blue Bladen" • V31S70 - "f2884679" • V31S70 - "Starfish" • alec.mills - "Love" • dronepicr - "Caye Caulker Belize drone" • dronepicr - "Caye Caulker Split Belize aerial" • dronepicr - "Caye Caulker Belize drone"

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