During Your Stay

IMPORTANT INFO

Transfers from the International Airport to your accommodations are arranged with local companies. Courses include daily transportation, and interns are generally housed within walking distance of their internship station. Under some circumstances, interns may be asked to use public transportation.

Belize is a beautiful eco-tourism destination bounding with outdoor recreational opportunities, Maya Archeological Parks, Caves, Rivers, Waterfalls and of course the largest reef in the Caribbean! We encourage our guests to visit local attractions during their stay with us and we can help plan your excursions.

Interns have access to a kitchen with cooking utensils, stove, and basic appliances (as available). Interns must supply their own food. Washer and dryer is generally on-site and may be utilized for a small fee. Otherwise, laundry services are available at your accommodations or in San Ignacio/Santa Elena.

Interns and students are routinely filmed and photographed during BWRC wildlife rescue events. If you are not willing to be on film or in photographs, please inform the photographer on site.

ACCOMODATIONS

The Wildlife Institute arranges housing at local hotels and guest houses for interns and students. Standard accommodations include multiple occupancy, A/C, free WiFi, private bath & kitchenette. Upgrades and private accommodations are available upon request. Students and interns have free access to BWRC’s kayaks for wildlife spotting and recreation.

SUPPORTING CONSERVATION

Internships and courses with the Wildlife Institute provide critical funding the Belize Wildlife & Referral Clinic (BWRC) and it’s conservation partners around the world. Wildlife Institute also provides scholarships & wildlife conservation grants program. Without your participation in our educational programs, BWRC would no longer be able to provide free veterinary care and rehabilitation to wildlife. The Directors at Wildlife Institute and the Belize Wildlife & Referral Clinic thank you for your participation and support.

FAQs

How do I apply for a course or internship?

Download the Wildlife Institute application form on our apply page, and send the application form and your resume to Program Manager Justin Ford at jford@wildlife-institute.com and pay the $50 app fee on the Wildlife Institute payment page.

What is included in the price of open-enrollment courses?

The following is included in our open-enrollment courses: Tuition, Labs, Donation to BWRC, Field Trips & Entrance Fees, Scheduled Recreational Activities, Accommodations with *Breakfast, some additional Meals, Airport Transfer(s), Daily Transportation, Water Taxi or other island transportation and BWRC or WI swag.

What is included in the price of an internship?

The following is included in our internships: Internship supervisory fees, accommodations with kitchenette and wifi, donation to BWRC & BWRC swag.

Which airport do I fly into?

Philip Goldson International Airport (BZE).

What day do I fly in to start my course or internship?

For courses, your arrival and departure dates are the same as the course start and end date. For internships, your arrival and departure dates should be clarified before you purchase your tickets.

What should I bring?

Do I have to bring everything on the packing list?

No, the packing list proposes guidelines. Every internship and course is slightly different in terms of exposure, time of year, duration, etc.

What are Belize's Visa requirements?

Unless staying longer than 6 months, you enter Belize on a regular tourist visa. Americans, Canadians, Australians and most Western Europeans do not need a visa to enter Belize. Check with your local Belize consulate if you have any questions.

Should I have any particular vaccinations?

No particular vaccinations are required for the internship with the Wildlife Institute and Belize Wildlife & Referral Clinic; although basic childhood vaccinations are recommended to protect yourself and those around you. We suggest that you consult your family physician about your travel plans and proposed activities while in Belize and the region. Together you can discuss the risks and you can make an informed decision about the degree of protection with which you’re comfortable.

Is there a contact person and number that I can give to my family during my visit?

Yes there is. See the contact page and email jford@wildlife-institute.com for further contact details as needed.

What is my primary address while staying in Belize?

Your address will vary depending on which hotel/Guesthouse we book you. Fox Club is 64 George Price Ave., Santa Elena, Cayo District.

If I have to cancel part or all of my trip, what is Wildlife Institute's refund policy?

We recommend that you purchase travel insurance in case of any unforeseeable change in itinerary or travel plans. Please see the refund policy on WI’s payment page.

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