A refreshing swim in the Bladen River is a must for those spending time at BFREE. Photo by Sean Werle

A refreshing swim in the Bladen River is a must for those spending time at BFREE. Photo by Sean Werle

Our trip took us from coastal fishing towns to the heart of the rainforest, and at each stop I felt myself becoming more connected to my food. Bananas were no longer the yellow option in the fruit basket, citrus became more precarious than ubiquitous, and chocolate bars stopped being the friendly tenants of the vending maching.”

—Emily, University of Richmond, January 2015

Although we had discussed biodiversity of Belize and the tropics as a whole in class, I was still dumbfounded by the sheer number and variety of creatures I saw that called Belize home.”

—Dylan, University of Richmond, January 2015

Fantastic mission, people, and food! A must see in Belize!”

—Sara, University of North Carolina, Wilmington, March 2015

One of the best trips of my life. Can’t wait to go back!”

—Dalton, University of North Carolina, Wilmington, March 2015

This trip has been a lot of firsts for me – first time on a plane, first time out of the country and first time in the jungle. Even though the trip is only half over it has met and exceeded my expectations. It has been wonderful to meet all of the staff at BFREE and I hope to keep in contact with them. One of my biggest worries about coming to a new country was the food, but the food here has been AMAZING! Thank you, BFREE, for the experience and opportunities you have given me.”
—Mary Beth, Emory & Henry College, May 2011

 

It was an amazing experience and the scenery was simply beautiful. The blue pool was very unique – I never thought our country had such wonderful places. I hope BFREE will continue doing what they do best – keeping this place exactly like it is. I’ll be back!!!”

—Lanier, University of Belize, April 2011

 

I learned a lot about how they do methodologies and surveys to sample biodiversity. I had heard about this in the classroom at UB, but this was the first time getting a real life experience. Keep doing this good work!”

—Daniel, University of Belize, April 2011

 

I have learned so much and will leave here with a well-shed of wisdom that I hope to use throughout my life. I also must say, I think this place has turned me into a true birder. Thanks for converting me:)”

—Natalie, Lincoln Memorial University, March 2011

 

The guides were knowledgeable and friendly, the food was delicious and the wildlife was beautiful. I also appreciated the safety rundown because we encountered a few scorpions!”

—Gabrielle, St. Mary’s College of Maryland, March 2011

 

Our four nights here were a wonderful introduction to Belize – its people, scientists, array of insects and cacophonous wildlife. Excellent hospitality!”

—Eliza, Sterling College, January 2011