Watershed Ecology, Conservation and Management

This course explores the general structure and ecology of watersheds, movement of surface and sub-surface waters through the landscape and larger integrated interactions of terrestrial and aquatic ecosystems.

Other Courses

This course can be combined with similar courses for a comprehensive four week summer session in Belize
Marine Biology
Lake Ecology
Wildlife Health
Primate Ecology

Watershed Ecology, Conservation and Management

This course is designed to promote watershed awareness and stress the importance of community involvement in watershed conservation and management strategies. The overall ecological services provided by watersheds, impact of human activities on watershed structure and function, assessment and monitoring of watersheds, and solutions to human induced impacts are also covered. Students are encouraged to acquire hands-on experience working with local watershed efforts or participating in ridge to reef watershed experience in Belize.

This is a project-based field course that emphasizes team work to achieve applied components. Project activities shall be conducted during a twelve day watershed excursion from ridge to reef sites and involve about a four or five day effort within one to several watersheds of Belize, Central America. The project involves students with local community groups, non-government organizations, government agencies, universities and other organizations and/or experts working to conserve and manage watersheds through community involvement.

Application deadline for summer 2018 is March 15th 2018. We have 4 course sessions in summer. Section A: May 12-26. Section B: May 26-June 9. Section C: June 9-23. Section D: June 23-July 7.

Winter 2018-2019 session will run from December 26th 2018 to January 7th 2019, with our special Primate Research courses running before and after the winter classes. Application deadline for winter is October 30th.

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Study Watershed Ecology
  • Day 1

    Course Introduction: Travel to field station, Orientation and Night Walk

  • Day 2

    Savanna Ecology, travel to St Herman's cave, intro to water ecology

  • Day 3

    Pre Dawn Birding, hike in Maya Mountains and optional night river snorkel

  • Days 4 - 6

    3 Day river float looking at humal impact, biological assessment and forest mapping

  • Day 7

    Explore the lower reaches of the Sibun River

  • Days 8-9

    Free time

  • Day 10

    Travel to Tobacco Caye, intro to snorkeling tour

  • Day 11 - 12

    Watershed in coastal zones, snorkel tours of the reef

  • Day 13

    Travel to Dangriga, visit to Marie Sharp's hot sauce factory

  • Day 14

    Presentation and final exams

Scholarship and Funding Ideas

Want to study abroad but not sure if you can afford it? You are not alone! Whilst studying abroad gives you an appreciation for the world outside of your home country, grows your character and confidence, gives you great opportunities, many still worry about paying off student debt in the future. Thankfully there are a couple of options you can pursue that may make that trip of a lifetime a little bit more affordable.

    APVMA Scholarship

    C.E.L.A Belize will sponsor two scholarships for APVMA members in each period (winter and summer). Each scholarship has a value of 50% of the regular cost of a single course or full program. A full program means two (2) courses (for a scholarship value of approximately $2500). Students can choose among any courses offered. Additional charges (late arrival/early departure, extra transcripts, credit from a U.S. college/university, etc.) will be charged directly to the student at their full price. Contact us for more details

  • Gilman Scholarship
    Gilman International

    The Gilman Scholarship Program offers awards for undergraduate study abroad and was established by the International Academic Opportunity Act of 2000. This scholarship provides awards for U.S. undergraduate students who are receiving Federal Pell Grant funding at a two-year or four-year college or university to participate in study abroad programs worldwide. Who can apply The Gilman Scholarship Program is open to U.S. citizen undergraduate students who are planning to study abroad. The program aims to diversify the kinds of students who study abroad and the countries and regions where they go by supporting undergraduates who might otherwise not participate due to financial constraints. Find out more here

  • Crowd Funding
    Crowd Funding

    So if a scholarship opportunity didn't work out, you can turn to many internet crowd funding sites to try and raise funds. If somebody can raise $6k for potato salad, who knows what you might be able to achieve.
    There are of course other crowd funding options such as indigogo and many more, so go on, get creative, get social and we'll see you soon.

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Our Mission

To expand the world view of participants by providing high quality, relevant, dynamic, socially responsible and academically challenging experiences.

Our Vision

We are the number one choice in Belize for providing professional and academic education by exceeding our participants’ expectations and contributing to the success of the communities with which we work.

Our Core Values

Sustainability: We are committed to building a better understanding of Belize's rich cultures and biodiversity whilst ensuring our business activities have a beneficial and sustaining impact.

Respect: We treat everyone with dignity, equality, kindness and trust regardless of ethnicity, lifestyle, gender and beliefs.

Teamwork: We work together through cooperation, dedication, respect and open communication.

Collaboration: We actively pursue and value cooperative relationships in pursuit of our mission and vision.

CELA. Belize
Center for Engaged Learning Abroad

P.O. Box 177
San Ignacio
Central America
Tel: +501 670 0930

Center For Engaged Learning Abroad