WE ARE THE CENTER FOR ENGAGED LEARNING ABROAD
We provide a wide variety of experiential learning programs focused on animal science, wildlife conservation, and other facets of One Health.
BELIZE IS OUR CLASSROOM
Belize, often called “Mother Nature’s best kept secret,” is a tropical paradise. It is Central America’s only English-speaking country, with a stable democracy and only 350,000 inhabitants. Its diverse environment, from coral reefs to mountains, makes it the perfect place for hands-on study.
Belize is 174 miles long and 68 miles wide with the mainland covering 8,867 sq miles. Belize has a subtropical climate with humidity averaging 85%. Annual rainfall ranges from 50 inches in the north to 170 inches in the south. Belize’s barrier reef is the second longest in the world at 180 miles. The highest point is the Victoria peak at 3,680 feet.
The history of Belize dates back thousands of years. The Maya civilization spread into the area of Belize between 1500 BC to 1200 BC and flourished until about 1000 AD. The official name of the territory was changed from British Honduras to Belize in June 1973, and full independence was granted on September 21, 1981.
English is the official language but Kriol (creole) and Spanish are also common, along with Garifuna, Maya, German and Chinese. This diverse mix has produced musical styles such as punta rock, brukdown, marimba and Maya harp.
As a former British colony, Belize has a parliamentary democracy based on the Westminster system of government. In Mayan communities it is traditional to appoint an Alcalde in each village whose function is to ensure that the laws of the village are not broken. The Alcade can try cases and impose fines.
At C.E.L.A. Belize, we are fortunate to work with great organizations across the country when bringing you the educational experience of a lifetime. These connections enrich each program and support our partner’s efforts as well. Our valued partners include: