BELIZE

RIDGE TO REEF EXPEDITION

Belize is a treasure trove of land and marine habitats. Explore its diverse nature, wildlife and culture while learning about the challenges facing its communities and ecosystems.

THIS PROGRAM IS NOT OPERATING FOR THE 2021 SEASON. IT IS CURRENTLY PLANNED TO RETURN IN 2022. SEE DETAILS IN THE DATES & TUITION SECTION BELOW.

Highlights

FOR THE BELIZE: RIDGE TO REEF EXPEDITION™ PROGRAM

  • Volunteer for a trash cleanup and tracking initiative to preserve biodiversity
  • Discuss critical issues around land connectivity and preservation in high impact areas
  • Snorkel over beautiful coral reefs and spot marine life
  • Tour an ancient archaeological site and touch history
  • Zipline through the lush jungle canopy

BELIZE

RIDGE TO REEF EXPEDITION

Program Overview

Explore Belize from ridge to reef as you work alongside an award winning non-profit committed to preserving and restoring the biodiversity that this beautiful country has to offer. With one foot in the Central American jungles and the other in the Caribbean Sea, Belize will immerse you in a world full of adventure and new cultures to explore! Belize is rich with experiences — from culture and history to music and food — there is something new to enjoy every step of the way. Dive into the new sights, sounds and smells during this experience.

BELIZE

RIDGE TO REEF EXPEDITION

Community Service

The focus of the program will be to learn the importance of ecosystem connectivity and management, and the complexities that exist as one tries to balance the natural world with the tourism practices and the needs of the local communities. Students will conduct a trash clean up initiative in three different ecosystems: along an inland riverbank, along a coastal area, and at a marine caye. Compare and contrast what you are finding during your project as you catalog the trash collected. Your data will help determine the possible sources of the trash found — which can lead future volunteers to consider action to prevent further waste pollution.

Immersive Learning

The same natural beauty that draws people to Belize is under threat from agricultural development, climate change, tourism and a lack of economic opportunities for the people who call this country home. Experience the country’s dense biodiversity and learn about efforts to preserve the region through your service experience, hikes and water-based activities. Try your hand at making chocolate the traditional way and beating traditional rhythms on Creole sambai drums. Get a unique glimpse into history whilst touring an ancient Maya archaeological site, gaining an understanding of the ancient civilization’s beliefs and customs.

Adventure

Belize is at the heart of the Mesoamerican Biological Corridor, a natural land bridge with unique wildlife and habitats only found in this region of earth. Enjoy its lush jungle landscape where you will see (and hear!) the local howler monkey population. Soak in the sights and sounds as you hike to a waterfall in Rio Blanco National Park. Relax as you float down a river on an afternoon river tubing experience.  Snorkel over coral reefs with tropical fish, and with a little luck observe manatees and other marine mammals in the open ocean. End the experience with an adrenaline rush as you zipline through canopy tops in the jungle! With its easy going attitude, Belize is the perfect destination for true Caribbean adventure.

Lodging

Home Base is a retreat that sits in private protected lands, adjacent to Big Falls Village in the Toledo District. Set back from the Southern Highway, it is the perfect peaceful retreat while having close access to the activities you’ll experience throughout the program. All rooms contain bunk-style beds and there is plenty of outdoor space as well as a screened veranda to enjoy the sounds of nature day and night.

BELIZE

RIDGE TO REEF EXPEDITION

Dates & Tuition

Everything you need to know before you apply.

14-Day Program
Ages 14-19
2022 Dates
COMING SOON…
 
Duration: 14 days
Tuition: Coming soon…
Student/Staff Ratio: 8 to 1
Community Service Hours: 22
Language Hours: N/A
For Ages: 14-19
Lodging: Enclosed Compound

Tuition Includes All In-Country Expenses

  • Airport pick-up/drop-off
  • In-country transportation
  • Lodging
  • 3 meals per day
  • Professional full-time staff and experts
  • 24/7 parent support hotline during the program
  • Secondary medical and evacuation insurance
  • Cultural activities, lectures and excursions
  • Pre-departure materials and support
  • Educational materials

To save your spot, a $600 deposit and $95 application fee are required.

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BELIZE

RIDGE TO REEF EXPEDITION

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