- Belmopan, Belize
- Program Type:
- Study Abroad
- Degree Level:
- Summer, Winter Semester
- Program Description:
CELA Belize offers an international wildlife learning opportunity for biology, animal science, pre-vet, vet, wildlife, conservation and zoology majors to do field work in the tropics. Our programs offer one or two course sessions in the summer and winter from 14 days to four weeks. The courses are intensive with field excursions and hands-on experiences. Students are housed across from the Belize Zoo and travel to different areas of Belize including a tropical island for marine life studies. The courses are university quality and led by local and international instructors and veterinarians..
This 10 day course is designed for undergraduate students with an interest in wildlife from a pre-vet, biology or conservation perspective. Through a combination of classroom lectures, field trips and practicums, students will be introduced to tropical ecology, local conservation efforts, Belizean wildlife and wildlife research and veterinary techniques. This intensive, introductory course will help students understand the many factors that affect the management, conservation, habitat and health of wild animals.
This course carries 3 credits. Students earn a grade and Certificate of Completion. We are associated with a local college for students needing transcripts. Course credit transfers are up to each student's home institution. US credit is available, if needed.
- Setting Description:
- This course is offered in partnership with the Belize Zoo. Students are housed near the Zoo and take trips out to a tropical island and to a jaguar reserve. As an English-speaking country, Belize offers an international study aboard experience close to North America. The bio-diversity of the wildlife and flora also extends to cultural variety within the country. Students will be in contact with Belizeans who are Maya, Mestizos, Mennonites, Chinese, and ex-pats from around the world. The barrier reef off the coast of Belize lies in the Caribbean and is 2 hours from San Ignacio. The local area is rich with Maya ruins, rainforest, rivers and mountains.
- $2995 winter session one course, 3 credit hours $4995 summer session 28 days 2 courses, 6 credit hours $2825 summer session 14 days 1 course, 3 credit hours USD. Fees cover course tuition, housing, transportation to and from the airport and all class excursions. Breakfast and dinner are covered every day. One official transcript is included in the fees. Airfare and insurance are not included.
Additional Program Information
- Scholarships Description:
- APVMA scholarship for members, Benjamin Gilman International Scholarship
Based on 4 Reviews
- Incredible experience09/20/17
This program was an absolutely incredible experience. I highly recommend it for anyone interested in wildlife veterinary medicine or wildlife conservation. The course teaches you so much about the wildlife of Belize and gives you the opportunity to meet
with some very inspiring people. I have never been able to interact with animals in such a close proximity before and probably never will again, so this course was one I will never forget. The course works closely with the Belize Zoo which is an amazing facility and gives you an inside view into all of their conservation and education efforts as well.read moreBottom Line:Yes, I would recommend this to a friend
- Study Abroad Feedback09/20/17
This program was a great first study abroad experience and taught me a great amount about wildlife. I learned how to bird band, how the Belize zoo operates, how to tract, etc. I enjoyed working with TBZ the most and I believe I will return to intern with
them. The people involved in this program were amazing and I made a lot of friends. I recommend this program to anyone interested.read moreBottom Line:Yes, I would recommend this to a friend
- CELA wildlife health, ecology, and conservation09/20/17
This course provides the opportunity to meet some truly incredible people. Working in and around the Belize Zoo exposes you to some of the most driven and passionate people working towards conservation of Belizean wildlife. Huge focus on empowerment through
education and community outreach. This course puts you in the field, practicing tasks that a wildlife research or veterinarian would perform on a day-to-day basis.read moreBottom Line:Yes, I would recommend this to a friend
- Wildlife health ecology and conservation09/20/17
This course was interesting because everything I did was new to me and something I learned from. There wasn't as much hands on veterinary experience like there was in the large animal course but all the different activities we did were new and interesting.
I'm glad I took this course. Working and helping around at the zoo was definitely what made this course worth it.read moreBottom Line:Yes, I would recommend this to a friend