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  • Animal Science & Marine Biology
  • Central America
  • MS

Belize: Rainforests & Reefs

Overview

Explore the fascinating and unique wonders of Belize as we swim among vibrant coral reefs, climb ancient Mayan ruins and explore the species of a tropical rainforest.

Go beyond the surface in Belize to deeply explore the country’s diverse habitats and captivating history. Learn about the massive Mesoamerican Barrier Reef System, the largest in the Western Hemisphere. Snorkel among hundreds of species of fish and coral while gaining an appreciation for the attraction’s importance to the Belizean community. Back on shore, nearly half of the country is covered by rainforest and your group will have the opportunity to immerse yourselves in community education and conservation efforts aimed at protecting these regional rainforests and it’s at-risk residents, like the elusive jaguar. Your admiration for the natural world of Belize can only be matched by the sense of awe you gain from the panoramic views from atop the Mayan ruins.

Twelve days goes by quickly as our group bonds during our stays in coastal towns, adventures from rustic jungle lodges and accomplishing challenging feats of teamwork.

DatesGradesLengthTuitionAvailability
June 25 - July 6 MS12 days$4,380Available
July 8 - July 19 MS12 days$4,380Available
Earn & Learn
Belize: Rainforests & Reefs Earn & Learn

Earn & Learn

Broadreach combines your thirst for fun and adventure with tangible skill development, real-world educational opportunities and a genuine commitment to service. While on program, you’ll earn documented community service hours. It’s what we call “Earn & Learn,” and it’s what you’ll take home as evidence of your many accomplishments.

On this program, you can earn documented community service while contributing to ongoing conservation projects.

COURSE DESCRIPTION

On this adventure, students will explore unique ecosystems including coral reefs, mangrove forests and tropical rainforests. The group will engage in on-going conservation projects and work with local organizations to further their missions of species protection and ecosystem conservation.

COURSE OBJECTIVES
  • Gain an appreciation of diverse of marine ecosystems
  • Participate in on-going conservation projects
  • Gather data about tropical rainforests
  • Learn about Mayan history and culture

5 Service Hours

Belize: Rainforests & Reefs Itinerary

Itinerary

1

Your Broadreach instructors enthusiastically welcome you to Belize International Airport and the group prepares to embark on this exciting adventure together. Although the national language is English, everything else about this Central American country is new and exciting! Everyone settles into the cozy accommodations and becomes quick friends through program orientations and games. The first few days are packed with activities, including a caving adventure through underwater rivers that showcases the remains of ancient Mayan civilization.

2

After a few days acclimating to the new surroundings, you bump along jungle roads deeper into the forest. From here, you explore the rainforest in search of its nocturnal creatures and swim in clear waterfall pools.Participate in on-going conservation projects and learn from resident researchers about this dynamic environment. One evening we visit an animal rehabilitation center and zoo for an after-hours, behind the scenes look at their feeding routines, animal husbandry and evening procedures.

3

The salty ocean breeze welcomes you to the final portion of program. Days here are filled with marine adventures from snorkeling the Barrier Reef drop-off, to sea kayaking and mangrove exploration. Shallow waters are teeming with vibrant fish and you learn the importance of preserving the country’s most popular natural attractions, its coral reefs. Search hard, and if you’re lucky you may even spot a stingray or shark! Plastic pollution is a world-wide problem, so the group gives back to this community by contributing to their clean-up effort.

It’s hard to believe, but twelve days go by fast! The group started as strangers, but leaves a tightly-bonded unit with a shared understanding of tropical ecosystems. The last night is a celebration of all you have experienced and learned over the past two weeks.

  • Trip Highlights

  • Snorkel through vibrant coral reefs
  • Contribute to rainforest conservation efforts
  • Explore ancient Mayan ruins
  • Learn about diverse marine ecosystems
Belize: Rainforests & Reefs FAQs

Frequently Asked Questions

What is included in the tuition cost and what additional expenses should I expect?
Answer:

Tuition is all inclusive for instruction, food, accommodations, and activities from the time you arrive in country. However, you are responsible for your airfare, spending money (we suggest about $150-200 depending on the program), any required textbooks, and student expenses such as medical fees. Some trips require scuba gear which can be rented, purchased or in some cases borrowed from Broadreach. Finally, for our high school trips that offer college credit, you can elect to receive an official Lesley University credit transcript for approximately $180 per credit hour. For more information about expenses that might apply to your program, click here.

How does travel work?
Answer:

For most programs, we have a few recommended flights and an arrival time range, and we usually give you the option to book flights on your own or through our travel agency partner. A few programs have required group flights, which we set up in advance. Students travel independently, but often meet up along the way, and we collect student itinerary details. Broadreach instructors will be waiting in the arrivals hall of the destination airport to greet each student, and they’ll be wearing special shirts and holding a Broadreach sign. We also mail students Broadreach shirts to wear while traveling which makes it easy for them to identify each other. Typically, making travel arrangements and the actual travel days go very smoothly.

What is boat life like on live-aboard programs?
Answer:

Our boats have 4 cabins with attached bathrooms, which are divided up between girls and boys. The cabins are mostly used for students to store their bags and change since most students choose to sleep on the deck of the boat in one of a few safe, flat areas. Students bring sleeping bags and pads, and sleeping under the stars with the Caribbean summer breeze is often one of the highlights of the experience. Our boat life video will give you a feel for what it’s like.

How many students are in a group? What is the male/female ratio?
Answer:

The majority of programs will have a maximum of 12 students in a group. We aim for a balance of males and females, but in our experience, the gender ratio plays a small role in the success of each program.

Do most participants come alone or with friends?
Answer:

Most participants come alone, so there is no need to be concerned if you don’t know anyone else on your program. It’s normal to be a little nervous about not knowing other students in advance, but within a day of starting your program you’ll be laughing and sharing exciting adventures with new friends.

How does Broadreach address safety?
Answer:

Safety is our top priority, and it is something we evaluate from every angle throughout the year. We’re very proud of our safety record over the past 26 years of running international programs for students. There are so many ways to address how we handle safety, including the extensive experience and training of our instructors, the specific locations we choose to visit, the relationships we have established with our local partners, and the 24/7 support we provide our groups. We have extensive program-specific risk management plans and safety standards that we adhere to. We’d be happy to talk about safety in more detail for the program you’re considering if you’d like to call our office.

Do I need to purchase travel insurance?
Answer:

We require that students have at least $100,000 of emergency evacuation coverage and some kind of international medical coverage, as well as coverage for scuba diving for programs that include diving. We offer two different policy options, or if you already have a policy that meets this criteria, we would just collect those policy details after enrollment.

Our Tuition Protection policy covers cancellations for medical reasons up to 100% and for any other reason up to 75% (except for residents of NY state). It’s also a great comprehensive travel insurance policy, including medical coverage, emergency evacuation, travel delay, baggage (loss or delay), etc. The cost of the policy ranges from $339-379 based on the program duration. For more specific coverage details, please call our office.

Who will my instructors be?
Answer:

Broadreach instructors are highly experienced, passionate, energetic and supportive. The average age of our instructors is 28 years old, and depending on the program, they meet specific qualifications (a Master’s degree in the subject area, PADI Open Water Scuba Instructor certification, foreign language fluency, Wilderness First Responder certification, etc).

Do your programs accommodate food preferences or food allergies?
Answer:

We do our best to accommodate allergies and food preferences but we consider the situation, country and the program to determine whether it will be a good fit for the specific dietary restriction. It’s important that you let Broadreach know well in advance of any food preferences or allergies so we can determine whether your restrictions will work on your program.

Will students be able to call home or access the internet?
Answer:

Students will call home within a few hours of landing in the destination airport to let parents know they have arrived safely and have met up with the group. For most programs, students will have the option to call home once a week, typically on Sundays. Timing for calling home depends on the schedule of the trip and location. Usually, students call home with the in-country instructor cell phones or via Skype if good internet service is available. If you’d like to learn more about our full communication policy, please call our office.

Can I contact Broadreach alumni families for more information?
Answer:

Absolutely! Just call our office and we can put you in touch with past participants who have joined the programs that interest you. Our alumni families are happy to share their first-person experiences.

How does payment work? Is the deposit or tuition refundable?
Answer:

We require a non-refundable deposit of $1000 to lock in your spot, and then the final balance can be spread out and paid in a few different ways. The final payment is requested by about 3 months before departure. Our optional tuition protection plan covers cancellations for medical reasons up to 100% and cancellations for any other reason up to 75% (except for residents of NY state).

Do you offer any discounts or scholarships?
Answer:

In the fall, we have a few different early enrollment discounts – please call our office for more information. We also offer a 5% discount on the second enrollment from the same immediate family in a summer. This offer is available to an individual student or siblings. The 5% discount will be applied to the program of lesser cost, and cannot be combined with any other discounts.

We do offer some scholarships through the Broadreach Foundation. Please call our office for more information on applying.

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