Ithaca College: Belize - Reefs, Ruins, and Rainforests, faculty-led tour

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During the semester, the class explores factors that lead to high biodiversity in the tropics, the importance of this biodiversity to human civilization including the use of timber and medicinal plants, appreciates the scientific, artistic and spi... read more

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Totally, I gained a new perspective of the world and the many factors that influence social and infrastructural improvements related to national development in the 21st century - Ithaca College View Entire Review
Gained a better understanding of societal and governmental pressures in Central America. Gained a further comfortability with traveling and immersing in different cultures. Gained an interesting lens from which to reexamine our own culture and society. - Ithaca College View Entire Review

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During the semester, the class explores factors that lead to high biodiversity in the tropics, the importance of this biodiversity to human civilization including the use of timber and medicinal plants, appreciates the scientific, artistic and spiritual accomplishments of the Mayan civilization, and studies the current condition of coral reefs. We will also explore the anthropogenic threats to these ecosystems, including overharvesting of natural resources, population growth, industrialized agriculture, and tourism.

During the January trip, students will investigate the Mayan ruins at Caracol and the ceremonial caves of Actun Tunichil Muknal, explore the Belize Botanical Garden and Medicinal Plant Trail, stay with Belizean families overnight and help on a project in the village of Cristo Rey, spend three days deep in the jungle, and three days among the Garifuna people while we explore the coral reef ecosystem via snorkeling.

Please note that this program is designed for Exploratory, Environmental Studies/Science, Biology and Anthropology majors, but open to all students. Requires permission of instructor.

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