Professor Preview is an introduction to BFREE Field Courses for instructors interested in bringing student groups to the small country of Belize.
During this guided preview, participants will: be exposed to a sampling of activities that may occur during a field course, meet many of the staff who will implement the courses, and visit partner locations. Additionally, professors will be introduced to Birds, Chocolate, Forests, BFREE’s newest field course offering.
There are limited spaces available. Please contact us now to reserve your space on the 2017 Professor Preview Excursion.
Professor Preview 2017
*Dates: March 22 – 26, 2017
*If scheduled dates do not work for you and you would still like to travel to BFREE prior to booking a course, please contact us to find alternate dates (price may change).
**Price includes all lodging, meals and in-country transportation. Does not include international airfare.
Day 1: Arrive at Belize International Airport between 11:30am and 2pm. Meet BFREE staff, then travel to the Tropical Education Center. Introduction to Belize. Participate in a night tour of the Belize Zoo. Overnight at TEC.
Day 2: Travel south towards the BFREE Field Station. Stop for a tour of the Marie Sharp’s Habanero Hot Sauce Factory for a short tour, and at Maya Center Village, the community situated at the entrance to the Cockscomb Basin Wildlife Sanctuary, also known as the Jaguar Reserve. Continue traveling south, arrive at BFREE in the late afternoon. Meet BFREE program staff and settle into accommodations. Night-time orientation and viewing of “Wings of Hope,” a documentary film on BFREE’s long-term research and conservation work focused on the wild Harpy Eagle. Overnight at BFREE Field Station.
Day 3: Full BFREE orientation and tour of the facilities. Visit the Hicatee Conservation and Research Center (HCRC), home to the critically endangered river turtle, and BFREE’s cacao agroforest. Night hike and discussion on preparatory readings and other materials for students. Overnight at BFREE Field Station.
Day 4: Depart BFREE Field Station, stopping at the Village of Golden Stream for a brief school visit and meeting to learn about homestays and opportunities in the community. Travel a short distance south for a tour of Nim Li Punit, an ancient Maya ruin. Finally, arrive in the small coastal town of Placencia to learn about the marine component of a BFREE field course. Wrap up/ Q&A. Overnight in Placencia.
Day 5: Depart Placencia for travel to International airport.
We look forward to hearing from you. Contact us now for more information.