FACULTY-LED STUDY ABROAD TRIPS
Partner with the Wildlife Institute to develop a faculty-led study abroad trip to Belize for your students.
Why Wildlife Institute? The Wildlife Institute’s founders are veterinary and conservation professionals with academic backgrounds and decades of study abroad experience. We combine our work on the front lines of wildlife conservation with our aim to educate the next generation of wildlife veterinary and conservation professionals. With our local wildlife conservation partners and network of service providers, the Wildlife Institute offers faculty and students unparalleled access to organizational and human resources in Belize and the region. Our staff and family of partners include professionals in veterinary, natural and social sciences with marine and terrestrial expertise. Our work also provides funding for the Belize Wildlife & Referral Clinic, and our other not-for profit conservation partners. We’re always looking for more study abroad partnerships, so contact us with your requests!
Safe, fun and easy. We take the headache out of study abroad. Our program manager, Justin Ford, provides academic program development services for each client to develop customized courses with activities to match specific learning objectives. Once the course takes shape, an itinerary is developed to match learning objectives, which routinely includes site visits to partner facilities, protected areas, and travel to the cayes and Guatemala. Where applicable and appropriate, we organize hand’s-on experiential learning, facilitate community service learning, and engage students in research. The Wildlife Institute manages all transportation, accommodations, and travel related logistics. Our seasoned Wildlife Institute team and service providers have the experience, knowledge and training to anticipate student-travel-related dangers and annoyances.
Student health and safety is our priority. Student, faculty and staff safety is a critical priority for the Wildlife Institute. Health and safety is the first consideration when selecting vendors for accommodations, transportation, food and off-site activities. Key Wildlife Institute staff are trained in first aid and emergency management. All Wildlife Institute faculty, staff and subcontractors are trained in health and safety, and protocols for responding to cases of illness, injury and other emergencies. Emergency phone numbers for fire, rescue, ambulance and air ambulance services are visibly posted in partner facilities and saved in facility staff and subcontractors’ phones. In case of illness or injury, Wildlife Institute will refer students to appropriate medical service providers and assist in arranging transport. Wildlife Institute program participants are required to carry a current health insurance policy that will cover the full cost of their care and medical evacuation from Belize and the region.
Wildlife Institute’s Mission: At the Wildlife Institute, our mission is to support wildlife conservation through education and travel. Our approach is simple: When feasible, we contract local wildlife conservation organizations to provide tourism services and pay them a premium. Your business provides continuous support to the Belize Wildlife & Referral Clinic and our conservation partners such as ARCAS, Friends for Conservation and Development, Belize Bird Rescue, Community Baboon Sanctuary, Wildlife Conservation Society, the Belize Zoo, Wildtracks, Scarlet 6, Crocodile Research Coalition, ACES, the Environmental Research Institute, SEA Belize and others.
Why Belize? If you’re considering adding a study abroad program to your course offerings, Belize has important advantages that you should consider. Belize is approximately 2hrs from Miami and Houston. Belize’s official language is English. Belize’s tourism industry is world-class offering excellent accommodations and wonderful culinary options. Belize is in the heart of the Maya World so your trip can be combined with a visit to one of the regions world-renowned archeological sites. Belize is one of the world’s greatest outdoor classrooms. Approximately half of Belize is still forested; and along with its neighbors, Belize shares the largest contiguous forest north of the Amazon. The snorkeling and diving is among the best in the world. Belize is home to the second largest barrier reef in the world; and has hundreds of habited and uninhabited cayes. Approximately 35% of Belize is under protection, which means that students can safely and responsibly explore what we in Belize call “Mother Nature’s Best Kept Secret”.
Our clients, our friends: The Wildlife Institute proudly serves a global community of educational institutions. Students and interns have joined us from 26 countries and dozens of vet school and universities. Our list of private clients continues to grow; including custom courses, faculty led courses, and schools that simply offer their students credit for our winter and summer open-enrollment courses.