Course and Internship Frequently Asked Questions

Q: How do I apply for a course or internship?
A: After perusing our course and internship webpages, you can download the application form on our apply page, and send the application form and your resume to Program Manager Justin Ford at and pay the $50 app fee on the Wildlife Institute payment page. 

Q: What is included in the price of open-enrollment courses?
A: 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 (as available otherwise public), Water Taxi or other island transportation.

Q: What is included in the price of an internship?
A: The following is included in our internships: Internship supervisory fees, accommodations with kitchenette and wifi, donation to BWRC & a t-shirt.

Q: Which airport do I fly into?
A: Philip Goldson International Airport (BZE).

Q: What day do I fly in to start my course or internship?
A: 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.

Q: What should I bring?
A: See Packing List.

Q: Do I have to bring everything on the packing list?
A: No, the packing list proposes guidelines. Every internship and course is slightly different in terms of exposure, time of year, duration, etc.

Q: What are Belize’s Visa requirements?
A: 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.

Q: Should I have any particular vaccinations?
A: 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.

Q: Is there a contact person and number that I can give to my family during my visit?
A: Yes there is. See the contact page and email for further contact details as needed.

Q: What is my primary address while staying in Belize?
A: Your address will vary depending on which hotel/Guesthouse we book you. Fox Club is 64 George Price Ave., Santa Elena, Cayo District. 

Q: If I have to cancel part or all of my trip, what is Wildlife Institute’s refund policy?
A: 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.