ALL ABOUT US
We love sharing the wonders of Belize while providing educational services to students here. We are thrilled to see the sense of awe when students experience new knowledge first-hand through their field work and community service. Belize challenges students to move outside their comfort zones. Our students achieve amazing results when they do things they didn’t think they could or have never tried before. Watching a student grow personally with a new view of the world makes us feel C.E.L.A. has accomplished something worthwhile.
C.E.L.A. isn’t just about the few of us who founded it either. It is about the community of people who teach, live and work in Belize and provide services to our students. Student fees contribute to the development of Belize through donations to local organizations, contributions to communities for service learning projects and the employment of Belizeans.
Our organization was born in 2010 when a group of friends and co-workers decided Belize had so much to offer students and professionals in unique learning experiences that we formed a company to assist those who wanted to visit, study, and learn about Belize. Since then, we have continued to provide field courses in Belize, facilitate faculty-led groups across a wide array of academic disciplines, provide internships throughout the country, and strengthen our relationships with and support of local conservation, culture, and development projects.
THE PEOPLE AT C.E.L.A.
We are proud to host Belizean and international faculty which will make your learning experience unforgettable.
C.E.L.A. MANAGEMENT & STAFF
Dr. Nancy Adamson
Dr. Filiberto Penados
Director of Operations
Logistics & Operations Manager
Academic Program Officer for Courses
Academic Program Officer for Internships,
Boris Averalo. Tropical Forest Ecologist
Dr. Jaimie Awe. Archaeologist
Elisabeth Gleckler. Public Health
Cameron Griffith. Archaeology
Dr. Sonia Gulati Global Health
Dr. Andrew Hatala. Medical Anthropologist
Vanessa Kilburn. Conservation Biology
D. Kenneth Mattes. Marine Biology
Dr. Timothy Mesh Cultural Anthropology
Dr. Lauren Miller-Griffith Sociology & Anthropology
Pablo Mis. Indigenous Governance
Judge Antoinette Moore. Supreme Court Judge
Dr. Sarah Reich, DVM. Wildlife Veterinarian
Dr. Eva Restis, DVM. Wildlife Veterinarian
Dr. Wayne Roberts. Anthropology
Dr. Ashley Runey, DVM. Wildlife Veterinarian
Dr. Lori Stahlbrand. Anthropology
Dr. Edwardo Tesecum, DVM. Veterinarian
Dr. Colin Young. Environmental Science
Joe Awe. CEO Nine San Ignacio.
Reynold Cal. Foundation for Wildlife Conservation
Cristina Coc. Toledo Program Coordinator
Rafael Guerra. Archaeologist
Sarah Mann. Founder, Belize Raptor Center
Rafael Manzaero. Friends of Conservation & Development
Ricky Manzanero. Bullet Tree Falls
Ted McKoy. Hopkins Chairman
Dr. Marisa Tellez. Founder, Crocodile Research Coalition
Ruben Tesecum. Veterinary Assistant San Ignacio
Humberto Wohlers. Animal Management Supervisor @ The Belize Zoo
Conway Young. Community Baboon Sanctuary
An innovative and socially responsible education institution committed to engaged scholarship and academically challenging and transformative learning experiences in Belize.
A recognized center of excellence for study abroad, engaged scholarship and experiential learning
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.
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: