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Focus: Sustainable Action for Coastal Communities & Ocean Conservation

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Study abroad programs in Belize

Course Information

Topic: Sustainable Action for Coastal Communities & Ocean Conservation
Credentials: Smart Certificate, credit eligible
Duration: 10 Days

Learn from Belize’s local community experts, participate in citizen science, and take action for a sustainable future with service-learning projects. Discover the impacts of grassroots initiatives, and the intersectionality between life on land and life below water.

Belize is home to the second-largest barrier reef in the world, and a leader in reversing coral bleaching efforts. Recently, Belize finalized the largest debt-for-marine conservation deal with the Nature Conservancy, and is providing other countries with a “blue” financial model for conserving some of the world’s most vulnerable marine ecosystems. Paired with rich culture, history, biodiversity, and exciting adventures, Belize is a top destination to add to your bucket-list!

Ocean Conservation Education

Sustainable Action for Coastal Communities and Ocean Conservation

Pack your bags, grab your bucket-list, and join TGP for a sustainability adventure of a lifetime! On this unique 10-day program, participants will explore sustainability and ocean conservation through experiential education, service-learning, professional development, and intercultural learning components in Belize.


  • Conduct citizen science, identify marine life, and analyze the impacts of local seaweed farming
  • Learn from local community change-makers in coastal conservation
  • Expand your comfort-zone and explore Belize’s nature by snorkeling, zip-lining, hiking, and more!

earn-by-doing on our study abroad programs in Belize.

    Course Description

    The GREEN Program’s “Action for Sustainable Communities & Ocean Conservation” program is a 66+ hour intensive program that takes a local, place-based approach, and utilizes experiential learning, service-learning, professional development, and intercultural learning components in Belize. On this 10-day travel program, participants will learn from a speaker series of industry experts who are leading local, community-based initiatives around the intersections of SDGs #13 Climate Action, #14 Life on Land, and #15 Life Below Water. The speaker series will share local approaches to ocean conservation, current challenges in marine resources, coral reef restoration, the coexistence between life on land and life underwater, and social entrepreneurship. 

    In conjunction with the speaker series, students will work alongside various local community organizations and participate in citizen science, learn about marine ecology, and support conservation and stewardship of the Belize Barrier Reef. Throughout the program, students will work in interdisciplinary groups to complete a Capstone Project that provides an innovative solution to a real-world sustainability challenge around SDGs #13, #14, and/or #15. Students must use a systems-thinking approach and consider the financial, engineering, environmental, and social impact aspects of their idea and detail these aspects in their presentations.

    Upon completion of the program, students will receive TGP’s Certificate of Completion. The digital certificate also provides job analytics and insights to connect the skills that students gain on this program with the jobs available today.  

    See full program overview and details here.

    *Note: This program may be credit eligible at your home university. Speak with your advisor about the possibilities of gaining academic credit for this program. 

    Objective and Outcomes

    The objective of this course is to develop an understanding of the role that oceans play in a sustainable future, and gain real-world experience in ocean systems-thinking and stakeholder engagement through a local, place-based approach to climate action. See below for more course outcomes.

    Winter, Spring, & Summer Break

    Location: Placencia, Belize & surrounding locations
    Community Partners & Organizations: Toucan Education Programs, The Nature Conservancy, Belize Women’s Seaweed Farmers Association, and more
    Focus: Sustainable Action for Coastal Communities & Ocean Conservation

    Program Dates Now Enrolling:

    Jan 3-10, 2025

    – Enrollment Deadline: Nov 8, 2024

    March 9-16, 2025

    – Enrollment Deadline: Jan 12, 2025

    Academic credits: Smart Certificate, credit eligible
    Length: 8 Days

    Program Fee:
    Single Pay: $4100
    Payment Plan: $880/month for 5 months

    Program Highlights

    Study abroad programs in Belize

    Explore the role oceans play in sustainable development

    Study abroad programs in Belize

    Support sustainable livelihoods for a women-led, community-based organization. Document and provide data on the benefits of seaweed farms and the life it supports above and below water.

    Video credit: The Nature Conservancy

    Study abroad programs in Belize

    Snorkel in a National Marine Park and World Heritage Site: Laughing Bird Caye

    Video credit: Fragments of Hope

    Study abroad programs in Belize

    Cultural immersion experiences with Belize’s Indigenous Garifuna community

    Video credit: DFC Belize

    Study abroad programs in Belize

    Conduct citizen science, identify marine life, and analyze the impacts of local seaweed farming initiatives

    Video credit: Khaled bin Sultan Living Oceans Foundation

    Study abroad programs in Belize

    Take action and work alongside a local organization to support their efforts to expand their sustainability projects

    Video credit: Oceana

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    Program Outcomes

    Earn a Smart Certificate built for career impact

    Upon completion, you’ll receive a digital Smart Certificate as your certificate of completion.
    Boost your LinkedIn, see who’s hiring, and gain access to real job-insights and data. 

    Study abroad programs in Belize

    Accurate insights tied to real skills

    We take the guesswork out of the outcomes. Gain job insights that are tied directly to the skills & learning outcomes of the course.

    Your digital certificate uses block-chain and machine learning technology that will showcase each skill’s career value and connects you with real jobs that require those skills.

    More metrics, more value

    More metrics, more value

    Get even more insight into the job market by receiving salary ranges specific to your certification’s skills and which companies are interested in hiring the skills that your certification provides.

    Identify the employers that have the biggest demand for skills that you attained through your TGP course.

    Job insight data

    Job insight data

    Your smart certificate will connect your credentials with real-time job data from around the world. The job data that our partners use is gathered from 65,000 global information sources; 143 gigs of raw data every day!

    Using machine learning and statistical insights we’re able to connect the skills that you gain with the jobs available today.

    Helping to improve impactful careers

    Helping to improve impactful careers

    TGP’s smart certificates enables participants to explore the roles that are available to them once you complete the course.

    Real-time, open jobs are just a few clicks away from your certificate. We’re ready to start delivering career impact directly!

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    Secure with confidence

    Secure your spot with confidence knowing that if your program is affected by COVID-19 travel restrictions, we offer flexible terms for you to switch your program or receive a full-credit towards a future program

    Sample Itinerary

    *Note: This is a sample itinerary. Itineraries and service-learning projects are subject to change for each program based on the needs of our community partners.
    Participants should be strong swimmers, comfortable in water 5-6ft+, and have the ability to float for 2-3 hours. Life vests will be provided at all times.

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    What’s included?

    We take care of everything from when you land in Belize until departure.
    Gain exclusive access to the TGP alumni network and benefits when you return home.

    Study abroad programs in Belize include:

    • Education Materials: Prepare for your experience before you travel with your pre-program resources and educational materials , and an intercultural learning co-curriculum 
    • Classes: Learn from local industry leaders and project managers of community-led organizations 
    • Credentials: Gain 50+ hours of education, service-learning, and entrepreneurial development. Earn TGP’s Certificate of Completion with job analytics and insights. *Credit eligible 
    • Experiential & Service Learning: Exclusive opportunities to work alongside local non-profit organizations
    • Capstone Project: Project innovation facilitation and assessment
    • Adventure excursions and reserve entrance fees: Step out of your comfort-zone and experience ziplining, hiking, snorkeling, and more! 
    • All meals: We support locally owned restaurants, and will accommodate most dietary preferences/restrictions
    • Accommodations and lodging: Your home away from home will be at locally owned lodging sites throughout your program
    • All in-country transportation: All in-country transportation (ground and boat transfers), pickup ground transportation from Placencia airstrip and return transportation to BZE on the last day of the program
    • Local GSM Cell Phone for emergency use
    • Exclusive membership: Join the TGP Alumni Network for sustainability job postings, travel, networking, and mentorship

    What’s not included: Flights, travel insurance, COVID-19 related fees, and passport/visa/exit fees, incidentals at accommodations, extra food and beverages.

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    Your first step is to complete and submit an application. Upon acceptance, a TGP member will reach out to you with your next steps for enrollment. We look forward to traveling with you soon! (Please note that spots fill on a first-come, first-serve basis.)

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