[MARMAM] Belize Course Announcement 7-20 January 2014

Katheryn Patterson katherynpatterson at yahoo.com
Thu Sep 19 07:55:48 PDT 2013


George Mason University's Belize Ridges to Reefs study abroad course, now in its 4th season, is set to run 7-20 January 2014. The Belize Ridges to Reef Program offers students a once-in-a-lifetime 
experience where students will have the opportunity to live on one  of 
Belize’s most pristine offshore cayes, Half Moone Caye; have access to an archaeological 
cave  system; explore the Sibun river; and form lasting friendships with the people  they meet on their adventure. Students will explore special places where only  few travelers go, such as the Actun Tunichil Muknal, a sacred Mayan sacrificial  site, and the infamous Blue Hole that 
Jacques-Yves Cousteau made famous in  1972. 

This course will focus heavily upon tropical marine and rainforest 
ecosystems. We will have the opportunity to sea kayak, snorkel, hike, go
 caving and more! There will also be a heavy cultural component embedded
 within the course as we will also learn about,
interact with, and participate in cultural events of the Maya, Garifuna,
 and Creole peoples.

Students will earn three undergraduate-level
 upper division elective college in biology (BIOL), environmental 
science (EVPP), or interdisciplinary studies (NCLC). Three credits of 
graduate level biology (BIOL) and environmental science (EVPP) coursework 
are also available. Course credits in other departments can be earned as
 well, but it is up to the student to seek necessary approval from 
his/her department. The program fee ($4,530) includes tuition and 
program expenses. International airfare and personal expenses are not 
included in the program fee and are the responsibility of the 
participant.For more information, please go to the course website or contact the 
course instructor directly (Katheryn Patterson, kpatter3 at gmu.edu).


The course is already over halfway full so if you don't want 
to be left out, don't forget to fill out your application today!


Katheryn W. Patterson
Environmental Science and Policy Dept.
George Mason University
Fairfax, VA
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